Maybe Chael Sonnen is right. Maybe the Brazilian MMA fans are starting to back him instead of rival – and Brazil native – Wanderlei Silva.
After the “brawl” between Sonnen and Silva aired on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 earlier this month, many on social media forums stated they felt “The Axe Murderer” instigated the encounter and saw Sonnen as coming off as more of the “good guy.”
Well, Silva has taken to Instagram to remind Brazil of some of the things Sonnen has said about the country in the past. When he was working towards a rematch with Anderson Silva, Sonnen laid out these remarks.
“If they sell 100,000 tickets I hope they put them in a nice ball, turn them sideways and shove them straight up their (expletive). That’s what they can do with the Brazilian crowd.”
Those remarks came in a 2011 interview by Sonnen.
Sonnen went ahead and retweeted the message by Silva, writing, “(Silva) would like to get this tweet out. He has no followers, so let’s help him.”
These two are scheduled to meet in July in Las Vegas.
Chuck Liddell has never backed down from a challenge.
And he’s also never really tried to put on a show before stepping inside the Octagon – unless it involved long-time rival Tito Ortiz.
So, it’s of no surprise that “The Iceman” is not a fan of Chael Sonnen’s pre-fight antics. And while he has “hung out” and referred to Sonnen as a “nice guy,” he doesn’t get the pro-wrestling characteristics Sonnen puts on.
“I understand what he’s doing. He wasn’t the most exciting fighter, so he made himself exciting by promoting the fight really well and he got himself a couple of title shots for it,” said Liddell, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “It works, but that whole crazy WWE-type stuff. That over-the-top stuff when you’re fighting a guy, doesn’t make sense to me and I don’t like it.”
Sonnen worked his way into a championship match at light heavyweight vs. Jon Jones despite not competing at 205 pounds for several years. He also scored a rematch with then-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva two years after taking him into the fifth round.
Liddell stepped away from fighting in 2010 and has a job as an executive with the UFC now. Sonnen continues to compete, but is also working for FOX Sports as a host and analyst. While he respects him, Liddell feels Sonnen has stepped “over the line” in interviews.
“Unless you’re known as an actor or being a WWE guy, you can get away with some of that stuff because everybody knows it’s fake,” Liddell said. “Some of the things he said, as far as I’m concerned, are over the line.”
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has a very big fight this Saturday at UFC 172 when he will defend his title against Glover Teixeira.
However, while doing some media rounds in New York City recently, Jones was stopped by TMZ, a celebrity gossip site, and asked some non-MMA questions.
Jones mentioned former NFL star Ray Lewis as someone who could potentially “scrap” if they decided to step into the Octagon. Lewis was a teammate of Jones’ brother, Arthur, and helped lead the Baltimore Ravens to two Super Bowl titles.
“I don’t know, but he is a former wrestler,” Jones said. “And his attitude on the football field. He could put it down.”
In more important and “manly” news, Jones was asked who has the greatest butt in Hollywood.
“Beyonce, she runs the world,” he said. “That’s the one.”
But Beyonce wouldn’t be “the one” if Jones was able to hook up with any other woman besides his fiance.
“My fiance already knows: Alicia Keys is the one,” Jones admitted. “She always has been.”
Jones stated he is walking around at 220 pounds just days ahead of his fight, and knows it will be “a great challenge for me. But I don’t get nervous anymore. I’ve been rolling with the big dogs and fighting in the fast lane.”
Hear the entire interview with Jones in the video below, and listen for a little slip-up from the champ when he promotes Saturday’s card:
The prospect of defeating UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is one probably all women fighters out there wish they could accomplish.
The notoriety that would go along with being the first person to hand Rousey an “L” inside the cage would make a career.
Now, it can also improve the bank account of that fighter if should can knock Rousey out.
Americana MMA put out an offer of $5,000 to the first person that can knock the former Olympian out, and made sure to direct the Twitter post to the account of Alexis Davis. Davis will challenge Rousey later this year for the belt.
The “bounty” was made in regards to comments made by Rousey about Cris Cyborg. “Rowdy” called into question any talk of the UFC bringing in Cyborg because of her previous failed drug test for an anabolic steroid. The story has picked up steam, as you can see by the amount of replies provided to the Americana Twitter handle.
On the Americana Facebook page, a post was made in reference to the UFC taking action against male fighters Matt Mitrione and Matt Brown. Mitrione made derogatory comments about Fallon Fox, who was born a man but currently fights in the female division, while Brown said he thought female MMA would be more exciting if fought topless.
Americana will give $5k to the first fighter that knocks out Ronda Rousey.
— Americana (@americanamma) April 19, 2014
Hey @AlexisDavisMMA knock out Ronda Rousey and I'll give you $5k.
— Americana (@americanamma) April 19, 2014
Donald Cerrone just wants to fight.
He’s stated before that his wish is to compete six times within a calendar year, and he is currently heading towards fight No. 3 just four months into 2014.
Cerrone submitted Edson Barboza Saturday night at UFC on FOX 11, and immediately asked UFC president Dana White to insert him into the next event – which takes place this coming Saturday – as a replacement.
While White turned that down, Cerrone made sure to tell the FOX Sports 2 post-fight show he is ready for anybody.
“Anybody that wants to sign on the dotted line, I’m ready to go,” he said. “Next week in Baltimore (UFC 172). Albuquerque (New Mexico in June). There is no running for me.
“Whoever wants to make money, any hungry fighters out there,” said Cerrone, looking directly into the camera. “‘Cowboy’ has the answer. Sign the line. I don’t care where you are at on the roster.”
Cerrone, who picked up his ninth UFC fight-night bonus and 14th overall including his WEC run, floored Barboza with a stiff jab before quickly transitioning to the back and locking in a rear-naked choke. It was the 15th submission win in his career and third straight finish.
“It was the opportune moment to jump in with a submission,” Cerrone said. “Everybody knows Cowboy starts slow and has gotta ask, ‘Which Cowboy is gonna start up?’ It was the optimal moment to go for the submission, especially after I took 30 punches before I got going.”
Chael Sonnen, working the analyst table on the show, threw out TJ Grant as a potential opponent for Cerrone.
“Sure,” he replied. Whoever wants to sign.”
Brian Stann, also an analyst, tossed out Sonnen as an opponent, to which Cerrone stated “yes.” Even former UFC fighter David “Tank” Abbott got brought up, and Cerrone accepted him as an opponent.
While he continues to drive UFC officials crazy with his non-fighting sports such as bull riding and wakeboarding, Cerrone believes they are what drives him to be the best fighter he can inside the cage.
“I go out (and do those things) and when it comes time to train, I train,” he said. “Training seven days a week is hard. I went back to doing what I do, which is screwing off on the weekend to be a maniac.”