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Anderson Silva's illegal kick to Okami

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Uploaded on Aug 11, 2011

Silva controlled the fight on the feet before Okami secured a takedown. Okami landed a few blows from top position before Silva landed an illegal upkick to Okami's chin while both fighters were grounded, and Silva was in the guard position. Okami's knees were on the ground at the time, making the attack an illegal strike to the head of a downed opponent. Silva later said that the rule had not been properly explained to him before the bout. "When I fought Okami the rules really weren't explained to me properly in the event I was fighting in," said Silva. "You could kick a downed opponent to the groin or to the head when your back's on the ground. So the rules weren't explained to me properly.Referee Troy Mandaloniz separated the fighters immediately and gave Okami a chance to recover, but Okami opted for the disqualification victory. Okami was controlling Silva on the ground in which many believed was winning Okami the round til the kick that lead to the disqualification.Silva responded by saying he "felt it was a cheap, cowardly way of winning," and that "people that were there saw that he was in the condition to come back and keep fighting, and he didn't."

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