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Chael Sonnen Feels Brazil Is “Neutral” For Himself, Wanderlei Silva

Chael Sonnen has his reasons for wanting his fight with Wanderlei Silva moved from Las Vegas to Brazil.

They just might be hard to completely understand if you aren’t Chael P. Sonnen.

“He wanted to fight in Las Vegas because (that) is where he lives, his house is there,” said Sonnen, during a recent interview with Combate. “I denied. I wanted (the fight) to be in a neutral place. I’m a guest in Brazil, but so is he.

“The UFC thought I was kidding and I said no, I was not kidding. He abandoned these guys 15 years ago. Brazil is a neutral territory, we both are going to fly there.”

Sonnen’s claims are something he has stated several times in the past when trying to rile up Silva and other Brazilians. The two just completed filming in the country for The Ultimate Fighter, which airs beginning March 9 on UFC Fight Pass.

The planned meeting between Sonnen and Silva is scheduled for May 31 at UFC Fight Night: Brazil. Originally, the two were set to meet in the co-main event of UFC 173 on Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas.

Daniel Cormier Enjoys Popeye’s Chicken After UFC 170

Popeye’s Chicken held true to their word, just like Daniel Cormier this past weekend.

Cormier promised to send Patrick Cummins crashing to the canvas Saturday night at UFC 170 – which he did.

For his efforts in training, “DC” and his family were awarded some food from his favorite restaurant on Sunday.

Cormier talked about giving up the fast food way of life after deciding to move down to light heavyweight from heavyweight. He did admit to having a plate – or two – after news of Rashad Evans’ injury canceling the fight was made known.

In the days following, though, the UFC signed Cummins to replace Evans and the two former training partners squared off. Cormier scored an easy first round TKO victory.

Demian Maia Sends Out Passionate Message Of Thanks To Fans

Former UFC middleweight title contender Demian Maia is known as one of the more professional fighters out there – and he lived up to that billing after UFC 170 this past weekend.

Maia suffered a second consecutive decision loss to a top-ranked welterweight, falling to Rory MacDonald.

The Brazilian, though, made sure to let all of his fans around the world know how happy he was with their support of him during the fight in a message posted on his Facebook page.

“I want to thank everybody for the support. I did my best at UFC 170 and I have to give props to Rory MacDonald for his performance and the win,” he wrote. “He is really a great fighter and deserved the win.

“I wan to thank all of my team, my family, all of my training partners, my doctors, my students and my sponsors.”

That’s a pretty typical message from fighters after bouts, but Maia continued, writing, “I want to thank the UFC for the opportunity and the ‘Fight of the Night’ award. I want to thank all the support from the fans again, the press for the coverage they always give to us, and again the fight does continue.”

Below is the complete message from Maia:

I want to thank everybody for the support. I did my best at UFC 170 and I have to give props for Rory MacDonald for his performance and the win. I’m happy that our fight was awarded Fight of the Night, but I obviously would rather have walked away with the win. I had a clear strategy for the fight, with plans A and B, and he also had a clear efficient strategy with alternatives. I felt that my stragegy worked well in some moments, but in other moments he maneged to impose his strategy again in a more efficiente way, and I may have got a little too anxious, getting a little lost and moving away from my fight plan, which might have ended up demanding a lot of myself and generating too much wear. Props to him, he is really a great fighter and deserved the win. I tried until the very end, the fight goes on, and now is time to go back home, stay with my family, hug my kids and my wife and very soon all will re-start again.

I want to thank all of my team without exceptions, my family, everybody from Demian Maia Jiu Jitsu, all of my training partners, my doctors, Needs Academia, my students and my sponsors Bad Boy , Amazoo Açaí , Probiótica and Leme Investimentos for the support.

I want to thank the UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship for the opportunity and the Fight of the Night award. I want to thank all the support from the fans again, the press for the coverage they always give to us, and again the fight does continue. That’s the beauty of this sport, the most important thing is to do your best and evolve with the experiences, correct the mistakes and come back to try one more time.

Thanks to all of you,

Demian Maia

Arianny Celeste Knows How To Defend Herself

Arianny Celeste doesn’t have any future plans to step inside the Octagon and mix it up with the likes of Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann or Miesha Tate.

However, the Octagon girl isn’t afraid to defend herself if it comes to that.

During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie Radio, Celeste re-told a story in which she was forced to do just that.

“It was after I’d been with the UFC a couple years. I didn’t have any kind of name or anything, but some girl was picking on me and I had to defend myself.

“She physically tried to attack me so I had to defend myself; and I ended up hurting her pretty bad because I learned a lot of things like hammer punches and kicks to the stomach.

“That was pretty dirty, but I had to do it. I’m not proud of it, but I had to defend myself. I’m a very non-violent person.”

Along with being seen at the majority of the UFC events around the world, Celeste will return as host of “Overhaulin” next month on Velocity. The show airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET.

You also might remember that Celeste was one involved in a “fight” with her now-fiance after issues, resulting in her missing the portion of a live UFC show.

Rory MacDonald Details Embarrassing Incident With An Avocado

Rory MacDonald showed inside the Octagon, Demian Maia was no match for him this past weekend, scoring a decision victory at UFC 170.

Outside the cage, though, MacDonald was defeated by something else: an avocado.

After picking up his seventh UFC victory, MacDonald (16-2) discussed a kitchen incident that almost forced him to pull out of his fight in Las Vegas.

“I stabbed myself (while cutting an avocado),” MacDonald said. “It was pretty embarrassing. I couldn’t believe it.

“I thought I was going to have to pull out because you could easily hit a tendon.”

The Tristar fighter went to the hospital, got himself stitched up and checked out, saying, “everything’s fine and intact. I fought and everything’s cool.”

With the win, MacDonald got himself back on track after a decision loss to Robbie Lawler last year. He has dropped just two UFC fights in his career – to Lawler and former interim champion Carlos Condit.

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