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Old 06-02-2010, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chael calls the middleweight division toughest, light heavyweigh a "joke"

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The ever-outspoken, feather-ruffling politician/fighter from Oregon, Chael Sonnen, has unsurprisingly not decided to pull his verbal jabs. In an interview given to Fight! Magazine at last weekend's UFC Fan Expo, Sonnen not only took shots at former Light Heavyweight Champions Tito Ortiz and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, he called out the entire light heavyweight division.

"185 pounds is the toughest division in the business," said the real estate agent. "If you're going to go after the belt, go after the tough one. I'd love to get a night off and go beat up some of [the UFC's light heavyweights]. For god's sake, 205 had a karate guy that was their champion. That weight class is a joke."

Dismissing the world-class Lyoto Machida as a "karate guy" will certainly incense some fans but is likely just another attempt by Sonnen to ruffle feathers. With established fighters such as Rashad Evans, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Randy Couture, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Forrest Griffin, Thiago Silva, Brandon Vera and champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua dotting its roster in addition to talented up-and-comers Jon "Bones" Jones, Jason Brilz, Ryan Bader and Phil Davis it is difficult to make the argument that the UFC's light heavyweight division is a joke. Perhaps we will eventually get the chance to see Sonnen test his skills against the heavier fighters at 205.

In addition to calling them out by virtue of association with their division, Sonnen also took aim personally at "Rampage" and "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy."

In an obvious allusion to Ortiz's highly-publicized dispute with the UFC, Sonnen said: "If I beat Anderson Silva and become the World Champion, I imagine I'll get in a public dispute with the UFC, I'll call Dana a bunch of names throughout the media and I imagine I'll leave the company. After about a year or so, I'll realize that there's nowhere else to go, return to the UFC with a raise and probably coach the reality show. I'm just sayin' it seems to be the trend, doesn't it?"

Sonnen also joined those critical of Quinton Jackson's fledgling acting career.

"I won't watch the A-Team movie," said Sonnen. "That was my favorite TV show, but they cast the wrong guy. I won't be watching it."

Whatever Sonnen's mission, it is clear that he is not looking to make friends of many of his fellow fighters. Though he may not be attracting the admiration of his peers, Sonnen's outlandish comments and willingness to call just about anyone out have him quickly being noticed and appreciated by many MMA fans. Win or lose, the entertainment value that Sonnen carries with him into his fights will likely keep him employed for some time; whether or not you find that to be a good thing is another matter altogether.
Funny, I thought middleweight was the least stacked.

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Old 06-02-2010, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I love Sonnen but did he really say that

http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...ion-is-a-joke/

the above is a link to a Sonnen video interview. I love Sonnen cuz his trash talk is so crazy its humorous but this one takes the cake lol. hes def nuts but heres hoping he pulls off the upset
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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LOL!

"For chirst sakes, the LHW division had a karate guy as a champion, that division is a joke!"

that actually made me laugh, the sad part is that he sounded serious about this.
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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LOL!

"For chirst sakes, the LHW division had a karate guy as a champion, that division is a joke!"

that actually made me laugh, the sad part is that he sounded serious about this.
I saw the video^^ I couldn't hold myself anymore after he said that
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If it's so easy Chael, why don't you fight at LHW considering you cut from 220+, and Machida is 202 and Shogun 212-213.

Why don't you just show us how you are gonna dominate? You should have no problems manhandling those guys if you are so strong.

That said, I'd hate to admit it, but Chael could do pretty well in LHW considering how good his freestyle wrestling is. He could LNP probably half the divisions top fighters who have no takedown defense.

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Old 06-02-2010, 07:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Chael Sonnen is on hate-everybody-spree
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What a nut job. haha. I can't help but appreciate it though. All his trash talking for the Anderson Silva fight, I thought, has been hilarious. This just seems odd. It is like he is trying to go around and piss everyone off.
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For god's sake, 205 had a karate guy that was their champion. That weight class is a joke."

this man is hilarious
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Yeah, that division is such a joke. Its such a joke that he got subbed by two LHW guys who arent even top fifteen or in the UFC anymore (Horn and Babalu). Chael is entertaining, but boy is some of the shit he says incredibly inaccurate.
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