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Chael Sonnen: “I’ve only been beat up twice, and that was #2.”

Chael Sonnen - MMAWEEKLYShortly after losing to Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 159, fallen title-contender Chael Sonnen left fans wondering what his next move would be after another failed bid at UFC gold, weighing retirement and a future in broadcasting rather against the probability of another run at a belt. The loss came in fairly one-sided fashion and made it ever clearer Sonnen isn’t able to contend with the sport’s elite.

Sonnen was asked about his plans at the post-event press conference where he refused to give a definitive answer about his future, expressing doubt about his abilities after being handled by “Bones” with relative ease but also making it clear it wasn’t as if he was getting handled by bums.

“I’m definitely not prepared to make up my mind yet. What am I going to do? I’m terrible. I lost to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva,” said Sonnen before taking a shot at an individual he’s had some heated exchanges with in the past also calling the division home. “What are they going to do, put me in with Wanderlei Silva? Who else am I supposed to beat around here?”

“I’ve had a lot of fights and they haven’t all gone my way. But I’ve only been beat up twice, and that was #2,” he continued, going back to the question at hand.

While it may not be enough to force him on to the sidelines for good, Sonnen’s inability to deal with Jones’ wrestling definitely gave the outspoken grappler cause for concern. Essentially, as Sonnen put it, Jones did to him what no other past opponent had.

“He beat me at my own game. It’s frustrating. It’s tough, and that’s it,” admitted Sonnen. “I had to watch the replay. He was in on my leg before he knew it. I don’t know how he set it up, if he threw a punch. I don’t know what happened. He was just on my leg. I’ve been in that spot my whole life. I got up and he hit it again, and I got up and he hit it again. I’ve only been taken down three times in my career. He took me down three times in one round.”

The loss was the second straight for Sonnen in addition to the second time in a row he’d be stopped with strikes. Though Sonnen is 0-3 in title-fights, he holds a 5-1 mark in the UFC outside of the affairs including victories over Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami, Brian Stann, and Michael Bisping.


  • MCM says:

    “The loss….made it ever clearer Sonnen isn’t able to contend with the sport’s elite.”

    I don’t think you can say that Sonnen can’t contend with the sport’s elite when he’s beating so many of them in his career. All he did was lose title fights. That’s like saying Kenny Florian, Gray Maynard, Urijah Faber, Diego Sanchez, Dan Henderson or Vitor Belfort couldn’t contend with the sports elite.

    Chael is still one of the best fighters at 185 and I’d like to see him at 205 and see how he does against someone that hasn’t wrecked every single fighter they’ve ever faced. Chael vs Machida, Shogun, Phil Davis, Lil Nog, or Rashad are all fights I’d like to see. Hell, give him Ryan Bader just to see if he can hang in the division at all.

    If he wants to keep fighting I think he could stay top 10 at LHW and possibly earn another shot at the belt. But if he wants to go to the announcers booth or have a permanent spot coaching TUF, I’m cool with that too.

  • jasonah says:

    This is the quickest guy with words in the U.F.C. He just got his ass whooped and already, He’s calling out his next Challenge. Mark my words Wandy just heard what he said. It will be at Franklin wieght. His fight with Bones looked like all the rest.A man against boys. If anderson silva fight’s jon jones. one of two things will happen. Anderson silva will win By K.O. Or he will get his head caved in by jones on the ground.


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