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Chael Sonnen admits “Shogun” Rua is a legitimate legend

Chael Sonnen admits “Shogun” Rua is a legitimate legend

UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen hasn’t always had the nicest things to say about fighters from Brazil or the country’s people in general for that matter. However, Sonnen’s opinion of UFC on FOX 8 opponent Mauricio Rua is far from those he’s offered up aimed at peers like Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, and Anderson Silva.

Sonnen addressed “Shogun” in a recent interview with 98.5 in Boston, admitting he actually looked up to Rua and considered him to be one of the sport’s all-time greats.

“Rua seems like a really great guy. He’s one of the few legends that are still fighting. Anytime you get old, there’s been an instant assignment of legend status,” stated Sonnen. “He truly is a legend. I admire him, I admire what he’s done in the right. He’s good; he’s not me, but he is very good.”

The 36-year old Sonnen may respect Rua, but he won’t offer him an ounce of it when they battle in Boston. Sonnen (27-13-1) will be seeking his first win since a January 2012 outpointing of Michael Bisping when the cage door closes on July 27, while Rua is 21-5 including finishes of Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, and Lyoto Machida.

  • SBERG says:

    Chael please stop fighting…..There’s nothing to gain anymore (Insert fat check here). Your pure gold in the announcing booth with Brian Stann. Both of you together can do great things as the tv voices for UFC. Pull out of the fight for whatever reason and stick with the post fight gig till more things come to light. Again just no need to be in the ring ( Insert fat check again).

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Please get ko ed first chael.

  • MCM says:

    Sorry fellas. Chael is taking this one.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Shogun is so hit and miss it seems, sometimes he shows up as a guy who just demolishes, and other times he shows up as a guy who doesn’t really seem to know what to do in the cage.

  • SBERG says:

    I was trying to avoid making any comments on Shogun. He’s absolutely hit and miss at this point of his career and Chael has a very good shot at beating him. I just don’t see any reason besides a check as to why Chael keeps fighting. He’s more than proven himself in the booth.


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