Hendo: Should I quit training and just go to s#!% talking school?

source: twitter

Yesterday the LA Times reported that the coaches for the next season of TUF were going to be UFC Lighheavyweight champion Jon Jones against challenger Chael Sonnen.

Response was mixed - fans were generally at once eager for the inevitable amazon of trash talk, but dubious about Sonnen's qualifications for a title shot. Sonnen had not fough at Lightheavyweight for six years and 17 fights, and went 1-1 with a win over Trevor Prangley, and a loss to Babalu Sobral.

He legitimiately earned a title shot at middleweight, and fought as credibly as anyone could against Anderson Silva, but was 0-2.

Does that qualify him for a title shot?

One of the naysayers was Sonnen's friend and sometime training partner Dan Henderson, via Twitter.

Dan Henderson ‏@danhendo
I guess I should just quit training to win fights and to be exciting for the fans and just go to s--- talking school. @danawhite

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A similar sentiment was echoed by former Lightheavyweight champio Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida @lyotomachidafw
With all respect,but for me Chael does not deserve The title shot,I would like To know What He had done in LHW for deserve!!

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White offered a response on the media call Wednesday.

"They refused to fight Jon Jones and now they're bitching about it," said White. "Chael offered to fight on eight days notice and Machida turned it down... I don't want to hear any bitching from these guys, I called you, I asked you and you all turned it down EXCEPT Sonnen."

In the final analysis, a couple of things are clear. One, this is going to be epically entertaining. And two, the fight business is a business - some fights are going to be made because the fans will pay money for it - money for the champion, money for the challenger, and money for the promoter. That is not too bad a thing, unless you are the guy who wanted the title shot.

And in this case, the guy in question is looking at a narrow window before retirement, after what many consider the greatest career in the sport's history, so the frustration is deep, and warranted.


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jinn366 site profile image  

10/18/12 6:52 PM by jinn366

  My useless 2 cents. Enjoy ?

Darth Ryase site profile image  

10/18/12 5:22 PM by Darth Ryase

I'm so glad you pointed this out because I bust out laughing

flowwiththego site profile image  

10/18/12 10:46 AM by flowwiththego

Hendo> Chael all day ayeday

Lazer MMA site profile image  

10/18/12 10:44 AM by Lazer MMA

I fight before you!

Ironhouse site profile image  

10/18/12 10:40 AM by Ironhouse

L-ASW-StannW-BispingL-ASgreater thanW-SobralW-CavalcanteW-Fedor!W-ShogunNot to mention...Sonnen's aren't even at 205!!!He may not have a great 205 or even UFC record but he is 5-0 in twitter wars...

Ironhouse site profile image  

10/18/12 10:06 AM by Ironhouse

I don't understand why, Dan has always brought it in his fights. I assume it's because he doesn't let them push him around, and he also doesn't Tweet enough to be ranked.Question: how many Tweets does it take to be ranked? I'm pretty sure I'm closing in on a title shot myself.

Lazer MMA site profile image  

10/18/12 8:06 AM by Lazer MMA

LMFAO at the UFC. Sonnen who never beat anybody at LHW at all and not even rated at LHW for the title (with maybe a two tenths on one percent chance of winning IMO).At least I'm making a days pay on that shit, bet is in.If they did not F over Hendo, they would not know what to do. Evans who only beat Tito (LMFAO) in all of last year went first (Vs Feijao for SF title, Fedor and Shogun), and before that they would not put the rematch with AS that he earned after UFC 100 in his new contract (leading per Hendo to his exit from the UFC).

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10/18/12 7:04 AM by fightharder

Yeah they fucked Hendo over. They should let him fight for an interim title. They done it a million times before and now they finally have a Real reason to do so. I also believe they should make amends financially in some sort of manner.

GriffinQ site profile image  

10/18/12 6:24 AM by GriffinQ

RT @danhendo: And just to make it clear, I will always hv love for Chael and don't blame him for saying yes to a (cont) http://t.co/nEdz5xZb