Chael Sonnen did a lot of talking leading up to UFC 148 that rang hollow at about 1:55 into round two. Sonnen’s future has now become the big question and he addressed it in his first interview since suffering the TKO loss to Anderson Silva.
Chael has turned into quite intriguing character over the last couple of years. Sonnen reinvented himself a couple of years ago by turning mundane pre-fight UFC chat into WWE-style promos. Unfortunately his wit has been unable to win a championship and thus fans and media are now openly wondering what the future is for Mr. Chael P. Sonnen.
[adinserter block=”2″]Ariel Helwani and Jay Glazer had a chance to sit down with Sonnen for what I believe is his first interview since UFC 148. Both men addressed all of the rumors head on with Chael and to Sonnen’s credit, he sat there and took it like a man.
Sonnen was asked by Helwani about recent rumors regarding an appeal on the fight.
“Well, listen. The knee really hurt. All those shots hurt. But here’s the reality — we don’t do instant replay in this sport, and we shouldn’t. It comes down to a judgement call, and wherever the referee says the knee landed, officially, that’s where the knee landed. That’s an excellent official, as they all are. He made his call, and that’s the way it goes, and I will never complain or look back.”
“Let’s make sure we don’t call it illegal. The referee’s judgement is what stands. I trust in that, and it works both ways. I’ve thrown knees before — the referee makes his decision. That is the decision we live with. We would never appeal it, except with these. If we had a chance to re-do it, well, that’s a different thing. But we would never go and appeal. The decision’s the decision, and part of competing is, you gotta know how to lose. It’s real easy to win, but you gotta know how to lose. Sometimes you gotta man up, swallow it and walk out.”
Sonnen also addressed his future after reports came out from his camp that speculated Chael would retire.
“I don’t think any athlete should beging to talk like that or think about that until you let about 30 days go by. In anything in life, you don’t wanna make a decision based on emotion. You have highs and very big lows in this sport. You don’t wanna make any drastic decisions. I think that it’s also an insult to the fans when guys like to come out and say, ‘I’m retired!’ When what they really mean is, ‘I’ll see everybody in 18 months, because I’m coming back.’ I don’t wanna do that. But when I get to that point in my career, I’ll make a statement, and I’ll never look back.”
Finally, Chael was asked about rumors that he would go to the WWE and begin a pro wrestling career.
[adinserter block=”1″]”Well, listen. I tried to go to the WWE. It’s in Vegas, on the 16th of this month, but I was leaving Vegas. I’d love to go to WWE. I’d love to get my popcorn. I’d cheer on CM Punk, but I go back to my promoter, Dana White, at the end of the night.”
The one thing I’ll give Chael credit for is that he is not running away and hiding after suffering an embarrassing defeat the way he did against Anderson Silva. I even sense a bit of humility in Chael P. My hunch is that humility slowly evaporates by the time we start talking about Chael’s next fight.
Thanks to MMA Mania for the transcript.
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