Maybe the bottom line in this whole scenario, is that Yves Levine is a crap referree. Would he have caught the vaseline if the guys outside hadn't point it out?
For 17 seconds silva held chaels shorts, 17 full seconds and the ref couldnt see it because his position was crap, he should of been in there stopping that after 2 or 3 seconds.
Whatever about the knee, it was not an easy decision to make because it was so fast
Its the most annoying thing in sport bad referreeing decisions. It happens so much in soccer its not funny, with insane knock effects that can destroy a clubs finances say in a relegation battles - in this case I dont think it can be denied without the shorts incident chael most likely would have completed the take down, changing the course of the fight. If the ref stops the grabbing, the course changes to who knows what...we can speculate but the reality is we dont know.
I blame the ref.
I dont blame Silva, but I dont respect him anymore after his antics. He went against all the philosophy of martial arts he's been preaching for the last few years.
The same thing happened when I saw what GSP did. These guys are full of shit whatever about their fighting ability.
If your going to talk about being honourable then do it, don't talk about it and then do the opposite.
People like Fedor and Randy are the true honourable people from our sport. They dont have to talk about it, they just do it, because deep down thats the kind of man they are. This is why they have been so loved by so many.