Chael Sonnen said a major sponsor of Yushin Okami's requested he not attend UFC 134 to corner Yushin Okami.
A source with knowledge of the situation told MMAjunkie.com that Praetorian, a Brazil-based MMA brand, threatened to pull the Japanese fighter's sponsorship if Sonnen attended.
"There's a line of people that want to kick his ass," the source said.
Brazil-based MMA manager Alex Davis said Sonnen's words have united Brazil's MMA community.
"Brazilians don't get together on other things, but they've gotten together on this," Davis said. "He is talking about people that a whole generation of fighters worship."
"This is serious business," said Sonnen. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it's not my place to disturb it or shift any type of attention to me. This is his moment, his night, his time to be the world champ."
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