"It's a lot harder fight than I thought I was going to have. I didn't think I was going to have the #6 guy in the world right out of the gate," Sonnen said candidly.
"That's a really hard match, and that's a really great guy," continued Sonnen. "We have to meet up at some point; we're ranked very close to each other. That fight is going to happen at some point whether I want to do it or not."
"I wasn't ready for a Brian Stann style fight; I was ready to take on a Wanderlei or a Machida or something like that. I'll need to sit down and reevaluate and up the intensity, that's for sure.
"He's doing such a good job. Rewind to his match with Chris Leben. I really would have lost whatever they would let me bet; I would have lost it all. I thought Leben would beat him.
"I think Stann's an awesome guy. I didn't think he could get by Leben. Nobody has dominated Chris Leben like that — ever — in his entire career. That was kind of like an "Oh Wow" moment when I saw that in my living room. That was a special performance.
"Then they gave him a really easy fight after that, and he went out and did some more great things. Even an easy fight, you've still got to go do the fight, and he did. He's really good."
But when asked point-blank if Stann was going to escape his patented trash talk, Chael made it clear that he's not going to skate completely:
"I wouldn't count on that," Sonnen answered with a snicker when asked if he was planning on toning down the trash talk. As for whether he's worried that his verbal barrages may alienate fans who idolize the decorated former Marine?
"Well, any statement's true if you throw the word may in there. We may be doing this interview from Mars right now. We may not wake up. Anything is true if you include the word may."
This guy really grinds my gears. There are several retarded things he says in this interview.
(1) That fighting Stann is a lot harder fight than Fighting Machida. That doesn't even make any sense. How is stann any different than any other standup fighter that Sonnen has faced? Machida definitely is.
(2) That he'll have to up the intensity for a Stann fight, vs a Machida fight. Simply stupid... nothing really to say besides that.
(3) That nobody has dominated Leben like Stann did... ever. I know he doesn't like Brazilians, but now he is simply ignoring reality and making crap up. Typical republican
. Silva smashed Leben far worse and faster than Stann did.
(4)That they gave him a really easy fight after the Leben fight. More disrespectful crap against a Brazilian fighter that has never said anything or done anything to him. Santiago, while he did get smashed, isn't an easy fight for anyone.
I seriously don't like this guy. I hope they deny him his license or he pops for jacking up his testosterone levels again.
Sorry if this is a repost. I searched for it but didn't find it.