UFC welterweight Claudio Silva made short work of opponent Nordine Taleb over the weekend. Following an alleged altercation that took place after the match up, Silva is now looking for punitive measures to be taken against his former opponent.
Silva and Taleb went toe-to-toe at UFC Fight Night 130 on Sunday, May 27, inside the SSE Arena in Liverpool, England. Of course, the fight did not last long.
Silva earned a rear-naked choke submission victory over his opponent with the first round of their match up. However, it would appear that the fight may have not ended there.
Speaking to MMA Junkie after the event, Silva revealed that an altercation between the two fighters allegedly took place backstage.
“The UFC has to take notice. He needs to be punished.”
“He kicked me in the leg as I was sitting on the ground. He said, ‘(Expletive) you, you’re a (expletive). You robbed me. You didn’t win that fight. You told the referee I was holding your gloves and then you got the choke.’”
“I’m a professional fighter at the end of the day. It’s not professional to say those kinds of words. And man, I feel really bad for the sport. I come to fight. I don’t hate anyone. I just came there and did my job.
“I just looked at him and laughed, because we don’t have to do these kinds of things. We are professional fighters. We get paid to fight. It’s really bad for the sport. I’ve never experienced it before.”
Silva then claimed that Taleb challenged him by calling him a homophobic slur and stating, “If someone talked to me like that, I would kill the person.”
“I don’t have to give him a rematch, because he’s not relevant,” Silva continued. “There’s nothing to do with him any more. He’s in the past now.”