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Chael Sonnen attacked by Brazilian fan at TUF 17 Finale

TUF-17-Finale-posterUFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen has forty professional fights under his belt and is in the midst of preparing for a crack at champion Jon Jones. However, it’s a physical altercation outside of the Octagon catching fans’ attention this week.

According to Sonnen, an interaction with a fan turned ugly last weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale when the individual attempted to strike him. Apparently, the man was an angry Brazilian still upset about comments Sonnen made leading up to a pair of high-profile bouts against middleweight king Anderson Silva. Fortunately, security intervened and the culprit was dragged off without further incident.

“I think a fan can do anything they want. I think they can heckle, a fan can boo, but they can’t touch you,” explained Sonnen in a recent conversation with MMAJunkie. “But the same thing goes for me. I can yell at a fan too, but you can’t touch them. If you want to be a fan, you buy the ticket, and you can have any energy you want, whether it’s positive or negative. And in this case it was negative, and he went a little too far.”

Sonnen also made it clear he wouldn’t have attacked the man in return even if the punch had landed

“We only compete in highly regulated and sanctioned matches. I’m not a fan of that, but if he would have connected, I would have turned the other cheek and walked away. I certainly wouldn’t have engaged him,” Sonnen concluded on the situation.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    What a gangster. Sonnen is lame and his carrer is gonna crash down because people see through him.

  • climbarock says:

    Hopefully security called the cops and they put an assault charge on this idiot. What a fuckin’ dope.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    FINALLY, Brazil strikes back!
    If only the fan had taken some lessons from Sensei Seagal.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Not sure what you mean, but turning the check and removing yourself from the situation would have totally been the right move.

    The fan was in the wrong and no excuses will change it.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Not saying he did not do the right thing but he shouldnt claim to be a gangster if hes not and he shouldnt disrespect people and not expect a bad reaction. I feel like it was a mattet of time.til someone tried this on sonnen hes lucky it was where he was safe and not at a place where he would have to defend himself against an idiot fan.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Sonnen plays more to the WWE crowd with his heel persona which MMA fans don’t always get or appreciate.

    He is a showman and a salesman. Don’t take anything he says too seriously, especially his gangster talk.

  • sides666 says:

    That fan is an idiot anderson already dealt with sonnen

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