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3DLee 08-27-2012 09:37 AM

Chael is Pulling for Belfort over Jones (article)
 
PORTLAND, Ore. Count Chael Sonnen among those surprised by Vitor Belfort's sudden light-heavyweight title shot.



Sonnen (28-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) heard the news after practice this past Thursday and initially was puzzled that Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) was moving up in weight to fight champ Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) at UFC 152.

But perhaps surprisingly, he's pulling for "The Phenom."

"Vitor's an excellent fighter," Sonnen told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following Rumble at the Roseland 65, an event he promotes under the name Full Contact Fighting Federation. "It's world champion after world champion that he fights, and this isn't any different. It's a good chance for Vitor, and I hope he seizes the moment."

Wait, Sonnen praising Belfort?

At the start of July, in the week leading up to his title rematch with Anderson Silva at UFC 148, Sonnen did just the opposite at a media luncheon. Talking about the rash of injuries that's dramatically altered the UFC's 2012 schedule, he singled out Belfort's withdrawal from a headliner opposite Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147, and he called him "a chicken and a liar."

Sonnen, though, also recently has admitted that Belfort was his mom's favorite fighter, and called him "fantastic."

In any event, Sonnen wasn't disappointed that a fight he so nearly had against the embattled light-heavyweight champion was given to someone else, even when that champion welcomed the fight at a later date.

"No, I definitely wouldn't use a word like that," he said. "If there was any word to describe what happened in that 48-hour period, it would be surprised. Maybe even one step further of disbelief."

Sonnen was recruited this past week to fight Jones (on nine days' notice) when Dan Henderson was forced to withdraw from UFC 151 with a knee injury. He said yes to the bout and assumed it was a done deal until he found out the same day that Jones had turned down the fight, which prompted the eventual cancelation of the Sept. 1 pay-per-view event.

Despite initially being booked for a rematch with Lyoto Machida at UFC 152, Jones told MMAjunkie.com that he would have fought Sonnen at the Sept. 22 PPV show.

Instead, Machida turned down the fight, and Belfort, who was previously scheduled to meet middleweight Alan Belcher at UFC 153, got the spot.

Sonnen's disbelief was rooted in Jones' decision to turn him down at UFC 151.

"We're used to being attacked by competition," he said. "We welcome it. We're used to being attacked by the states because it's an opportunity to go in and educate them. But what we're not used to is being attacked from within. We're not used to having one of our own set off a grenade and walk away laughing and never look back. It was really kind of an unbelievable experience from where I stand."

Sonnen nonetheless hinted there is opportunity on the horizon, though he wouldn't give details. The status of a previously targeted fight with Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 was unclear.

"We'll see," Sonnen said. "There's going to be some news coming out on me soon. We'll see how things play out. Stay tuned."

src: http://mmajunkie.com/news/30384/sonn...oming-soon.mma


I really dont see the Chael vs Forrest fight happening. Chael has just recieved way too much exposure in this. I think 1 of 2 things will happen by the end of september. Either we will see Chael vs Lyoto for #1 Contendership, or another likely situation would be Vitor gets hurt and Chael does step in, but this time Jones accepts. I wouldnt be surprised in the slightest by either.

cdtcpl 08-27-2012 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by 3DLee (Post 1620926)

or another likely situation would be Vitor gets hurt and Chael does step in, but this time Jones accepts. I wouldnt be surprised in the slightest by either.

Not joking: One of the "conspiracy theories" I have is that DW chose Vitor because of his habit to hurt himself in training. Like he is almost hoping for the same situation to happen to really try to put the pressure on JBJ and force him into the situation. I don't really buy it, but if it happens and I am just going to have to scream "I KNEW IT!".

ClydebankBlitz 08-27-2012 10:02 AM

Why would DW want Chael Sonnen in the LHW title fight? It makes no sense. This fight is no where near as sold as Silva/Sonnen was, and I'm sure Dana knows it could be. If Chael can rack up 3 wins at LHW, I'm sure he'll get to bipass Machida, Hendo, Gus etc. to get a title shot, but right now it's best that he doesn't. There is more money to be made from that fight down the line.

Will be wierd as **** rooting for Sonnen though haha.

dlxrevolution 08-27-2012 12:36 PM

Of coarse Chael is pulling for Vitor over Jones. Jon Jones is now Public Enemy number 1.

khoveraki 08-27-2012 03:51 PM

Chael gives lip service to Vitor partially because Vitor nearly killed his friend and teammate Lindland. Itd be disrespectful to Matt to insult Vitor.

SideWays222 08-27-2012 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by cdtcpl (Post 1620931)
Not joking: One of the "conspiracy theories" I have is that DW chose Vitor because of his habit to hurt himself in training. Like he is almost hoping for the same situation to happen to really try to put the pressure on JBJ and force him into the situation. I don't really buy it, but if it happens and I am just going to have to scream "I KNEW IT!".

Even if it happens it doesnt mean that in the slighest. :confused02:

You should go buy Chaels book "Voice of Reason". He covers this point exactly.

xxpillowxxjp 08-27-2012 06:49 PM

Well if Vitor beat jon jones, it would significantly give chael a better chance in getting to fight jon. And if chael beat jon he could easily get a title shot.

cdtcpl 08-27-2012 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cdtcpl (Post 1620931)
Not joking: One of the "conspiracy theories" I have is that DW chose Vitor because of his habit to hurt himself in training. Like he is almost hoping for the same situation to happen to really try to put the pressure on JBJ and force him into the situation. I don't really buy it, but if it happens and I am just going to have to scream "I KNEW IT!".

OMG

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/8/27...-vitor-belfort

Quote:

Who he thinks he will fight next:

Sonnen: "I've got an agreement to fight a gentleman named Forrest Griffin on December 29th but I don't know. Jon Jones has a date on September 22nd and right now he's fighting Vitor Belfort. Vitor never shows up, Vitor has pulled out of way more fights than he has ever shown up for so if I had to guess you'll be seeing me fight Jon Jones on September 22nd"
It hasn't happened yet, but hilarious I post this just to have this article come out.

SideWays222 08-28-2012 12:33 AM

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Originally Posted by cdtcpl (Post 1621056)
OMG

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/8/27...-vitor-belfort



It hasn't happened yet, but hilarious I post this just to have this article come out.

Yes we all know Vitor has a habit of pulling out of fights. Any MMA fan should know this lol


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