Chael sonnen is under no circumstances a bad fighter but he is not going to take that belt on Saturday. When he isn’t rehashing old wrestling promos or taking over at Fox, the man trains like a machine. But sadly training hard alone won’t get you gold.
After watching the last TUF season we saw a lovable and inspiring man behind the mask he puts on to sell the PPV. But we also got to see a man who despite knowing his biggest weakness was unable to overcome it (legal testosterone injections ring a bell?).
Chael Sonnen does not believe in himself. His therapist won’t change this, his legally prescribed testosterone injections won’t change it and neither will promising your father that you will one day become the champion. All that promise does, is putting additional pressure on a heart that wasn’t pumping hard enough to begin with.
I am not a champion and I can’t imagine what must go through the mind of a fighter in the moment of adversity. I can guess and analyze it all day but in the end it all comes down to one question, will he overcome it?
All current champions have overcome adversity to keep their gold. We all know and have seen what happens if you don’t.
Anderson never gave up after having an almost sure loss on the scorecards yet Sonnen couldn’t. Jon Jones almost got his arm broken against Vitor but he overcame it and went on to submit Belfort. Bones showed in his last fight that he is not another Lyoto Machida, who can dish it out but loses his shit the moment things don’t go his way. It doesn’t matter how many rounds Chael can steal from the Champ, one elbow could end this fight.
Jon Jones won’t give up until the last the second of the 5th round (especially not after watching the first Anderson-Sonnen Fight) something we can’t say about Sonnen. Jon Jones may show certain characteristics of a unlikable man and he has an army of haters who seem unable to grasp the fact that perhaps a man who slices his opponents open with his elbows must not be a model citizen (Neither is Chael by the way).
So who is buying the Sonnen cool Aid?
The man himself doesn’t, so why should you?