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Chael Sonnen: Not Dead Yet

A mountain of trash talking an entire nation has helped Chael Sonnen earn big bucks as the “go to” opponent for people like Anderson Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and it got him a slot coaching the third season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brasil opposite Wanderlei Silva. But talking smack does come with a heavy price tag sometimes, and in this instance, that price tag involves the health and safety of Sonnen and his coaches while they’re in Brazil filming the reality TV show. What’s it like being stuck in a country that more or less wants you dead? Probably not fun, but if the recently tweeted pic of Sonnen looking alive and relatively unharmed is of any indication, we’re not at the point where we have to send Ben Affleck down there to rescue him (a la “Argo“).

According to Google Translate, that reads:

(VIDEO) #TUFBrasil 3-before the season, @wandfc and @sonnench trading taunts

Shots Fired in Bjorn Rebney/Dana White Faux-Conflict

It has traditionally been hard to get Bellator front man Bjorn Rebney to talk smack about UFC honcho Dana White, but occasionally gems do come out of his mouth. On yesterday’s media conference call announcing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s participation in this season’s upcoming light-heavyweight tournament, the conversation turned to White’s comments on Georges St. Pierre and how the UFC has treated their erstwhile welterweight and pay-per-view king. Said Rebney:

“The UFC set the bar pretty high in terms of tasteless comments, but their recent comments about GSP are probably, in my mind, the most tasteless comments they’ve made in some time.”

“I look at GSP as a guy who’s one of the greatest, most honorable champions our sport has ever seen, and in my opinion, I don’t think GSP owes us, as fans, anything, and I don’t think GSP owes the UFC anything,” he said. “As we saw based on the fallout from the last fight, he’s given us, as fans and for the organization that he fought for, he’s given us everything. I think we should all be thankful we had the opportunity to watch a guy like that fight over the past 10 years.

“It’s been our pleasure as MMA fans, and I think a lot of the issues he raises and points he makes are good points. He’s been de-facto ambassador for our game and a spokesman for the sport at a very high level for a long time, and I put a lot of credence and credibility in what he’s talking about.”

While it’s true that Bellator is by far the younger promotion, it’s hard to find examples of the organization publicly treating their departing champs in the same manner that White has treated GSP. But hey, that’s life, right?

Former TUFer Has Been Bad – Very Bad

Maybe you remember Kyacey Uscola from his stint on TUF – TUF 11 to be exact – or maybe you don’t, as his performance was utterly forgettable. Either way, whatever notoriety he might have gained as a fighter will now be overshadowed by the infamy he’s getting as a felon convicted of domestic violence charges. As per this local news report out of Sacramento, C.A., a jury has convicted Uscola of battery on a spouse or cohabitant, battery with serious bodily injury and corporal injury on a cohabitant – all of which carries a possible penalty of up to 13 years in prison.

Uscola, it seems, isn’t a very nice guy. 
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Chael Sonnen/Sylvester Stallone Beef Heats Up

I’m not sure where this whole thing originated from or even why they’d have this beef, but it’s clear there’s a ton of animosity between “Rocky” actor (and writer – he did write the screenplay for that flick) Sylvester Stallone and UFC star Chael Sonnen. Oh yeah, a ton of animosity. Stay tuned for more as this story develops.
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Old Man Still Somewhat Cool

“Inside MMA” host Kenny Rice introduced him as one of the greatest journalists of all time, and it wasn’t hyperbole. This week, the AXS-TV MMA-centric news show scored one heck of an in-studio interview, as Dan Rather – who anchored the evening news on CBS for 24 years – sat in the guest’s chair and fielded questions. What does Rather think of the sport now? And has he ever laced up the gloves himself? Check out the video below!

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