Please do show proof that Sonnen broke the rules for this fight. Sonnen said he grabbed Silva's shorts, but I believe that is more likely because he does not want to make any excuses for the fight. Post a gif of him grabbing Silva's shorts for any longer than half a sec and I admit I'm wrong.
If you are adamant that Sonnen is above normal testosterone levels for this fight, post evidence. Until then, Sonnen is innocent till proven guilty. Don't accuse Sonnen of cheating just because you THINK he did. Yes he did cheat in the first Silva fight. But that is like saying a murderer will always kill someone if he gets out of jail.
Anderson's tactics are on a "smaller" level, if you say so. However, it has a direct impact on the fight. If Anderson did not grab Sonnen's shorts, Sonnen probably would have gotten Silva down, judging by the gif. That would have changed the entire way the fight have went. Even if you say the shorts-grabbing has no effect on the outcome of the fight, isn't it still cheating? Isn't it what you Sonnen haters have been so vocal about since the first Silva-Sonnen fight?
"Sonnen is a bloody disgusting cheater"
Just so you know, it should probably be applied to the person you are supporting as well.
And you talked about how you identify Silva's mistakes when he makes them, and criticise him for it even if you are his fan.
Great to know that.
TRT is cheating in spirit, plain and simple, whether or not he was within the ridiculous 6 times the normal human ratio set by the commission. It is legalized cheating, performance enhancing, and absolute BS that a buff man in his 30s is naturally testosterone deficient.
Grabbing shorts and vaseline etc. have bendable rules for them the same way TRT does. A normal honorable fighter should have 1:1 T/E ratio, but up to 6 times that figure (unattainable except by a synthetic steroid) is allowed and overlooked by the commission. Chael was and still is on that synthetic steroid.
The amount of vaseline on the face as applied by the licensed cutman is very small and some is expected and allowed by the commission to spread on the body, this has been clarified by the commission itself. While doing so manually is frowned upon, there is no rule against it.
A normal fighter should not grab the shorts / fence, but anything less than repeated offenses are just given warnings and overlooked by the commission and ref the same way a fishy 6:1 T/E ratio is.
Neither one went "beyond the rules" enough to warrant any more intervention, but they did go beyond the spirit. Anderson in response to Sonnen's doing so first and continuing to do so with a certificate. It's the EXACT SAME THING for both of them. There is absolutely no difference between the two situations.
They both bent rules this time, neither outright broke any. If they had, you'd see a DQ, NC or suspension on the record, but you don't.