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