From his blog at MMAJunkie:
"I admit I was grabbing the fence, not intentionally. But when you try to push off, it's natural that your fingers go through the fence. I could hear the ref telling me to stop grabbing the fence, but I knew even if he took a point away, I wasn't going to win the fight in a decision or from my back, so the deduction wouldn't have mattered."
I love how he says it was unintentional, but then justifies the action thereafter as a strategy, which shows it was intentional.
Brendan should go into politics.