Check out Chael Sonnen practicing that spinning sh*t during the open workouts. (via Reddit)
Chael Sonnen’s coach Neil Melanson thinks Chael may actually retire after this loss:
“Any time you’re a part of training camp or you’re friends with somebody and they lose, you just worry about them like, how are they gonna handle it mentally? Are they gonna come back from this?” Melanson said on The Verbal Submission.
“I don’t know what Chael’s plans are, but I got a feeling he’s done fighting. I don’t know. I’ve just got a feeling he’s done. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think he was serious when he said, ‘If you beat me, I will leave forever,’ and there’s a very good chance of that.
“I never met anyone that had a scenario where it’s like, ‘If I don’t win this then I’m done,’ it never worked out positive for them because, just in my experience, you have to love the grind and if you love the grind, eventually you’ll get what you want because you give up what you need to give up.
“Apparently Chael had his limit like, ‘This is it, I’ve had enough. If I don’t win this then it’s all not worth it.’ Having lost that, yeah, there’s a very good chance he could pursue other things.
He’ll certainly have enough money to retire. But not compared to the money he could make fighting Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, and a bunch of other 185 and 205 pounders.
You have the be a video game fan to get this one.
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Biggest fight ever? Seems like reality is on the way to living up to the hype. UFC 148 now has the biggest gate in Nevada’s history:
UFC 148 smashed all previous records for an MMA event in the state of Nevada with a gate of $6.5 million according to ESPN. The previous record of $5.3 million was set by UFC 66 in 2006 which featured Tito Ortiz challenging Chuck Liddell for the Light Heavyweight title. UFC 100, which pitted Brock Lesnar against Frank Mir in a Heavyweight title unification bout, brought in $5.1 million for third place.
It still pales in comparison to UFC 129 in Toronto, which had a gate of $12 million bucks. But much better than Zuffa’s first event in Vegas, which only brought in $800k.
Tito watching the main event with Jenna backstage. Or maybe he’s watching a towel and listening to the main event.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this sport is the best sport in the world,” an overjoyed Silva said afterward. “Me and Chael work hard for all the people here. Chael disrespected my country, but that’s fine. That is nothing for me. This is a sport. This is UFC.”
“Yeah, I have big emotions. … (But) let’s show that Brazil has manners. I want everyone to applaud Chael. If you’d like to have a barbecue at my house, I’d love to have you over for a barbecue.”
Does the lol mean he’s not serious?
Meanwhile, on the Brazilian feed…