Sonnen: Wand an invalid, Belfort a chicken

by Dave Doyle | source:

"I don't get it," said the quotable native of West Linn, Ore. "I've been wrestling since I was nine years old. Not once have a missed a competition due to illness or injury. You say you'll do something and the competition is set. That's it. You show up. My dad was a plumber. That's hard work. He never missed a day of work. I will never disrespect him by not showing up for an athletic competition that has a maximum duration of 25 minutes. There should be forfeiture if you have to pull out of a fight. If you don't show up, it should be a loss on your record.

As an example, Sonnen singles out Vitor Belfort, who pulled out of last month's UFC 147 bout in Brazil with Wanderlei Silva, a card which Silva-Sonnen was slated to headline before that bout was moved to Nevada

"Vitor Belfort pulls out of more fights than he agrees to," Sonnen said. "He's fantastic, but he's such a chicken and he's such a liar. To say you're going to fight, to sell tickets, to sign your name, to film the TV show, and then to pull out? Against an invalid? That's insane. It's shocking they're able to say that with a straight face. My opinion of Wanderlei is constantly evolving, because as atrocious as he is skills-wise, he shows up and fights. He goes hard in spite of the lack of talent and gives the fans his best."

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ironkong site profile image  

7/3/12 6:16 PM by ironkong

i like that he's setting up fights after Anderson beats him./

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7/3/12 2:29 PM by anunaki

Vitor would decapitate sonnen early in rd 2. Sniper like left straight followed by a few shots to the back of the head for good measure

Mark Hunter site profile image  

7/3/12 2:24 PM by Mark Hunter

Chael's setting up his next two fights, or at least next one fight. Either he beats Anderson, and he's got several high-profile, high-paying title defenses already in the incubator, or he gets crushed by Anderson, but is able to still get a few more high-profile, high-paying fights booked right away. Smart move on his part. The ONE truth, however, that no one can debate is as follows: When Sonnen and Vanderlei were in that van, and Vanderlei checked Sonnen's nuts for talking about Brazil, Sonnen looked like a little kid about to cry for a pacifier. Because of that, he'll always look a little bit pathetic to me when he bashes Vanderlei. As for Belfort, I would LOVE to see Belfort vs Sonnen. I think Sonnen would rush in and Belfort would absolutely LIGHT HIM UP like that Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center. I would be happy for the next month after that happened.

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7/3/12 1:50 PM by iodio

Brian Stann was good but not ready for Chael's takedowns, Marquardt is a welterweight and Silva hadn't challenged a powerful wrestler before Chael. Bisping was one of the most ridiculized fighers on the UG until he almost beat Sonnen, then all of sudden he has been considered a top MW...

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7/3/12 1:48 PM by JamesTheWelshDR

Hendo has chaels back he's safe

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7/3/12 1:48 PM by MITman2k

 I predict great wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Sonnenites come Saturday.

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7/3/12 1:35 PM by Xavier Wolfe

His Muay Thai knowledge and technique is still spot on despite whether he uses it in all his fights or not. Just because JDS doesn't stand like Mayweather in his MMA fights doesn't mean he isn't a good boxer

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7/3/12 12:39 PM by UGCTT_Winnson

Love him or hate him, you gotta love him!The man tells it like it is, but with a little something extra.All hail Chael!

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7/3/12 12:36 PM by bornop

This is why we need Chael commentating

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7/3/12 12:12 PM by Slowshot

I think MediumRAPE is actually a Chael fan doing some pretty deft 2nd level trolling.