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Chael Sonnen: “Sometimes you have to man up, swallow it, and walk out.”

UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has set the record straight regarding rumors of his camp filing an appeal about a questionable knee champion Anderson Silva landed in their fight at UFC 148 and the possibility of his retirement in the wake of last weekend’s loss. Plainly put, it appears both stories lack any substance, as Sonnen is not looking to take any sort of action against Silva and isn’t likely to be hanging up his gloves anytime soon.

“Part of competing is you got to know how to lose. It’s really easy to win, but you’ve got to know how to lose. Sometimes you have to man up, swallow it, and walk out,” explained Sonnen on Fuel TV’s coverage of the UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman weigh-ins. “It comes down to a judgment call and wherever the referee says the knee landed officially, that’s where the knee landed. That’s an excellent official, they all are, he made his call and that’s the way it goes and I will never complain or look back.”

In terms of his future, Sonnen stopped short of saying he would be back in the Octagon for sure but implied such would be the case rather than a run in WWE or even as a broadcaster.

“Anything in life, you don’t want to make a decision based on emotion,” said Sonnen, stating he would wait 30 days before giving his next move any real thought. “You have very big highs and very big lows in this sport. You don’t want to make any drastic decisions. I think it’s an insult to the fans when guys like to come out and say ‘I’m retired.’ What they really mean is ‘Hey, I’ll see everyone in 18 months because I’m coming back.’ I don’t want to see that. When I get to that point in my career I’ll make a statement and never look back.”

Sonnen also mentioned he wasn’t exactly sure what he was thinking by throwing a spinning backfist ultimately setting up the finishing sequence of strikes for Silva and that he admired Silva’s ability to come back from adversity to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    “Break the image u break the fighter” bruce lee said it best.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I think it’s smart for him to take some time to let everything cool off before deciding what happens, there is quite a few times that fighters will just be like that’s it I’m done, and then come back because they were emotional.

    Also “If you make god bleed, people will cease to fear him” (or something around those lines) – Ivan Vanko – bad guy in Iron Man 2.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Now that all the showmanship is over, do yourselves a favour and check out Chael on the Joe Rogan podcast. I waited until the fight was over and I was blown away; Chael’s gone from an amusing sideshow to a guy I’d love to buy a drink for and an overpriced T-shirt from.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Chael can finally exhale. For two full years he was juggling trying to play this character he had created while also staying focused on competing at the highest level of the UFC MW division. It must have been exhausting. So yeah, the dude is overrated, but I’ve gotta give him respect for that type of remarkable run.

    And of course he wasn’t going to beat Anderson Silva and ever be the real champion of the world (it was Chael Sonnen against Anderson fucking Silva), but he had fun trying, got himself a ton of time in the spotlight, and raked in a boatload of money in the process. Mission accomplished.

    So it’s not like he’s been broken down or anything like that. He just finished what he set out to do, and now he can drop the act and go back to being normal. And in Chael’s case, “normal” is still a pretty interesting & funny dude.


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