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Old 07-11-2012, 01:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Chael: The knee really hurt.

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Prior to UFC 148, Chael Sonnen was known as ‘The American Gangsta’ but following his loss to champion Anderson Silva they may have to change his name to the rumor killer.

Following a 2nd round TKO defeat at the hands of Silva, rumors began circulating almost immediately concerning Sonnen with tales of everything from his pending retirement to a new career blooming as a professional wrestler destined for the WWE.

After the UFC on Fuel TV 4 weigh-ins were finished on Tuesday, Sonnen sat down to answer to some of those rumors, and needless to say most were shot down like a clay pigeon at a firing range.

First up was the question about the knee strike that Silva landed on Sonnen in the 2nd round that served as the harbinger for the end of the fight.

Sonnen maintains the same view now that he did on fight night, and accuses Anderson Silva of no wrongdoing.

“The knee really hurt, all those shots really hurt, but here’s the reality – we don’t do instant replay in this sport and we shouldn’t. It comes down to a judgment call,” Sonnen said. “Wherever the referee says the knee landed officially, that’s where the knee landed. That’s an excellent official as they all are, he made his call and that’s the way it goes, and I will never complain or look back.”

That brought up the second question in the roundtable discussion about the gossip surrounding Sonnen after the fight on Saturday night. It had been rumored that someone from Sonnen’s camp was going to file an appeal for the decision claiming that Silva’s knee strike was thrown with the intent of landing to the head, which is illegal when an opponent is on the ground.

Like the politician he was once upon a time, Sonnen shot down another rumor while saying the only score he’d ever like to settle with Silva is a potential rematch down the road.

“Let’s make sure we don’t call it illegal, once again the referee’s judgment is what stands. I trust in that and it works both ways. I’ve thrown knees before, the referee makes his decision, that is the decision and we live with it,” said Sonnen.

“We would never appeal it except with these (fists), if we had a chance to re-do it that’s a different thing. But we would never go and appeal the decision. The decision’s the decision and part of competing is you’ve got to know how to lose. It’s real easy to win, but you’ve got to know how to lose, and sometimes you’ve got to man up, swallow it, and walk out.”

The third rumor floating around after the fight came from another coach, Neil Melanson, who stated he believed Sonnen might call it a career after the second loss to Anderson Silva.

That was another swing and a miss as the rumor mill was then 0-3 against Sonnen during Fuel TV’s interview with the former middleweight title contender.

“I don’t think any athlete should even begin to talk like that or even think like that until you let about 30 days go by. In anything in life you don’t want to make a decision based on emotion, and you have very big highs and very big lows in this sport, and you don’t want to make any drastic decisions,” Sonnen stated.

“I also think that it’s an insult to the fans when guys like to come out and say ‘I’m retired’ when they really mean ‘I’ll see everybody in 18 months cause I’m coming back’. I don’t want to do that. When I get to that point in my career, I’ll make the statement and I’ll never look back.”

The final rumor about Sonnen following the fight was that he might soon make a transition from fighter to professional wrestler. It’s no secret that Sonnen is a longtime pro wrestling fan, and he’s even become close with several high profile names from that industry including ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and current WWE superstar C.M. Punk.

With Sonnen’s ability to talk, sell a fight and his athleticism he would surely be a welcomed addition to Vince McMahon’s roster of talent, but again the former Oregon All-American said no thank you to becoming a star in sports entertainment.

He’s still got some unfinished business in MMA to tend to first.

“I tried to go to WWE, it’s in Vegas on the 16th of this month, but I was leaving Vegas. I love to go to the WWE, I get my popcorn, I cheer on C.M. Punk, but I go back to my promoter Dana White at the end of the night,” Sonnen commented.

For all the brash comments Sonnen unleashed prior to UFC 148, he sat humble on Tuesday night and offered up only truthful and forthcoming answers. He didn’t believe the knee Anderson Silva threw was illegal, he’s not appealing the loss, he’s not retiring and he’s not going to the WWE.

The honesty he displayed however may gain him a newfound respect amongst fans and colleagues alike.

So he doesnt think the knee is illegal. He doesnt want to appeal the loss. He still would like another rematch. And it doesnt look like he is retiring.

And yeah the knee looked like it hurt..... alot.

Well to me those are all good things to hear.
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The only thing I took away from the fight is that Anderson is a dirty as hell fighter. Seriously, after that first round he took every opportunity he could to cheat. Anderson didn't care if that knee hit his opponents face, it just managed to not hit his face.

You could tell Rashad meant to throw the knee to the gut that finished Tito, but Andy literally flew into it, and you can't be 100% accurate when you fly through the air with a knee to a grounded opponent.

Good article, Chael Sonnen is so freakin manly, I hope you guys are taking note.
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I think that Chael never hated Anderson Silva and has always had respect for his style and credentials.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like Chael has bigger balls than most of his fans and his coaching staff.
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The only thing I took away from the fight is that Anderson is a dirty as hell fighter. Seriously, after that first round he took every opportunity he could to cheat. Anderson didn't care if that knee hit his opponents face, it just managed to not hit his face.
Anderson's knee is 100% accurate is his striking, this is the problem people don't notice to much. He ment that knee to the chest, he is no fool to loose his belt to the man who talked trash for more than 2 years, and then handles him the belt by DQ!!!

No way that would of happened.


BTW, if what Dana said is true? Then all Chael's trash talk was just to fire up the fight, and sell more.
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The only thing I took away from the fight is that Anderson is a dirty as hell fighter. Seriously, after that first round he took every opportunity he could to cheat. Anderson didn't care if that knee hit his opponents face, it just managed to not hit his face.

You could tell Rashad meant to throw the knee to the gut that finished Tito, but Andy literally flew into it, and you can't be 100% accurate when you fly through the air with a knee to a grounded opponent.

Good article, Chael Sonnen is so freakin manly, I hope you guys are taking note.
Seriously? The most accurate striker in mma only landed it legally because of chance? It landed exactly where he meant it to. Why don't you take note of Sonnen's actions here and just admit that the knee was legal. This bs claim of him being a dirty fighter is just ******* stupid.
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Seriously? The most accurate striker in mma only landed it legally because of chance? It landed exactly where he meant it to. Why don't you take note of Sonnen's actions here and just admit that the knee was legal. This bs claim of him being a dirty fighter is just ******* stupid.
So him holding his shorts for a full 20 seconds....?
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Sonnen admitted to grabbing his shorts too and said that it had no impact on the fight.
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If Chael had continued to mouth-off on Silva after the fight then that would have just been annoying to hear, glad he's showing respect and taking the high-road. Didn't agree with some of Andersons tactics, but Chael done himself proud in the aftermath of a disappointing loss.
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I personally thought the knee was just thrown, and it looked like it deflected off chaels arms (which were covering his face) and hit him in the chest.

Im not saying it was deliberately aimed at the face but throwing a knee that hard at such a small target leaves little room for error.
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