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Midnight Mania! GSP Says Sonnen Has ‘Smart’ Solution to Weight Cutting

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GSP says Chael Sonnen has the smartest solution to weight cutting. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Sonnen) proposed to do a weigh-in the day of the fight,” St-Pierre said during a news conference in Australia that was captured by Submission Radio. “So what he proposes, basically – we have weigh-in the night before the fight, like we normally do. But now, because the weigh-in is in the morning, people say, ‘Oh, I have more time to recuperate,’ so they try to cut more weight.

“And it’s sad to say, but sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to wait (for) someone (to) die out there to change things?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous. So what Chael’s proposed is very smart.”

St. Pierre joins a chorus of voices, including the recent opinion of Joe Rogan, that something must be done to improve on the current system of weight cutting, which saw most fighters at UFC 227 cut in excess of 10% of their bodyweight to fight at a specific weight class. Numerous recent injuries and medical problems have occurred to fighters while cutting weight, including problems with Cris Cyborg, Max Holloway, Darren Till, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Some fighters have taken the stance that all the responsibility lies with the individual fighter to do their job. GSP doesn’t see it that way.

“If you make a weigh-in the day of the event, a lot of guys will lose weight, but they won’t lose in terms of (dehydration) weight,” St-Pierre said. “You know that if you go in to compete the same day you can’t dehydrate yourself. If you weigh in an hour before your competition. That’s what they used to do in amateur wrestling in the United States and you know how many people miss weight? Zero. So, now, it’s very weird that in a professional sport, in a professional organization, at the highest level, that people miss weight.

“I think they need to change not the individual, they need to change the system. I think the system can be made better. I’m not saying that Chael’s proposition is the best. But I think it’s the best that we know of right now. I think it would be the best solution.”

Same-day weigh ins are far from the only proposed solution; Rogan, for instance, proposed monitoring fighters’ hydration levels all fight week, the way ONE FC does. Currently, the UFC has moved weigh ins further from the fight in an attempt to give more fighters time to rehydrate. Sonnen and GSP would reverse this in an attempt to do away with extreme cutting altogether.


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Midnight Mania! Fedor Emelianenko Favored Over Chael Sonnen

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Fedor Emelianenko rolled back the clock this past weekend, knocking out fellow aging veteran Frank Mir in a fight that somehow managed to pack an entire narrative, including momentum swings, Fedor getting knocked down, getting back up to land a gorgeous Judo throw, and then knocking Frank Mir out cold, into less than fifty seconds of action.

Next, he faces up-cycled middleweight Chael Sonnen for a spot in the final. While Fedor has always been a small heavyweight, and hasn’t faced a consistent wrestler since Matt Lindland in 2007, he opened as a favorite over the American, at -200. Fedor’s power, sambo experience, and submission skill is evidently weighted higher by the bookies than an undersized Sonnen’s wrestling chops.

Sonnen, of course, disagrees, and has gone on record recently discounting Fedor’s wins in Pride due to alleged match fixing. UFC commentator Joe Rogan is also on record saying he thinks the rampant steroid use in Pride made it a different era for fighters.


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Sonnen Says Khabib Pretends To Practice ‘Fake Sport’ Of Sambo

For all you Sambo practitioners out there, now may be the time to close your eyes and walk away from the computer.

Because even though surging UFC lightweight title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov hails from a storied background in Sambo and has dominated all 25 of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts to date, the Russian’s Sambo background still isn’t getting the credit it may deserve.

According to outspoken MMA analyst and current Bellator MMA fighter Chael Sonnen, Sambo wouldn’t be considered a sport if ran the world. In fact, Sonnen believes Nurmagomedov derives absolutely nothing from his Sambo background, instead suggesting “Eagle” is dominant because of his wrestling pedigree.

“Sambo sucks, Sambo has always sucked and I don’t believe Khabib [Nurmagomedov] is a Sambo player,” Sonnen said during a recent episode of his Beyond the Fight podcast. “I think somewhere he just wanted to pay respect to Sambo. Being Dagestani, I believe he got the skills he got in a wrestling room. He clings to that Sambo.

“In the history of them setting up that [UFC] cage, there has never been a contender – let alone a stand-out – that was good at Sambo. It sucks. It’s not real. It’s a fake sport.”

While Sambo is a widely respected discipline, especially within the military framework of Russia, Sonnen isn’t convinced that the martial art is an effective tool in today’s professional combat world. So even though Khabib has produced a perfect 9-0 UFC record since his Octagon inception in 2012, Sonnen isn’t attributing that success to Sambo in any way, shape, or form.

“Sambo is the martial art of the Russian military,” Sonnen explained. “The Russians have a very good military so it adds credibility to Sambo. Nobody has stopped to think well, those sons of bitches have guns and tanks too. They’re not really out there doing this Sambo with their Sambo jackets on.”

“I’m actually now taking joy in the fact that I know I’m going to offend a bunch of people,” Sonnen added. “Let those crybabies cry. Sambo sucks. But Khabib doesn’t suck, he just pretends he does Sambo. That’s a wrestler right there.”

Too harsh?

Sambo expert, wrestling prodigy, or brawler of bears, it really doesn’t matter. When Nurmagomedov steps inside of the cage opposite interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 on April 7 in New York City he’s going to need every ounce of expertise and experience to capture his 10th UFC win.

We’ll have to wait and see exactly what “Eagle” can do against “El Cucuy” when the two square off in just two weeks, especially if the action hits the canvas (which it probably will).

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Bellator 192 Salaries: Sonnen, ‘Rampage’ Both Pull Down $300K Flat; MacDonald, Lima Earn $100K

Even if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson never pays up on his side bet over whether or not Chael Sonnen could take him down, both men are $ 300,000 richer after Bellator 192.
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Bellator 192 Salaries: Sonnen, ‘Rampage’ Both Pull Down $300K Flat; MacDonald, Lima Earn $100K

Even if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson never pays up on his side bet over whether or not Chael Sonnen could take him down, both men are $ 300,000 richer after Bellator 192.
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Bellator 192 Salaries: Sonnen, ‘Rampage’ Both Pull Down $300K Flat; MacDonald, Lima Earn $100K

Even if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson never pays up on his side bet over whether or not Chael Sonnen could take him down, both men are $ 300,000 richer after Bellator 192.
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Rampage Jackson vs Chael Sonnen staredown video from Bellator 192 weigh ins

Bellator MMA is less than 24 hours away from its Bellator 192: “Rampage vs. Sonnen” mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Paramount Network (formerly Spike) and CMT, locked and loaded for this Saturday night (Jan. 20, 2018) inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Prior to this weekend’s big show, which also features “Prelims” bouts on ParamountNetwork.com, the promotion sent all 38 fighters to the scale for the official Bellator 192 weigh ins.

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Of course, no weigh-in event is complete without the corresponding staredowns, and Bellator 192 is no exception. Watch Quinton “Rampage” Jackson come nose-to-nose with Heavyweight opponent Chael Sonnen, along with all the other fighters, in the embedded video player above.

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Sonnen vs. ‘Rampage’ Promoted to Bellator 192 Headliner over Lima vs. MacDonald Title Fight

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Bellator 192: ‘Old school’ Rampage Jackson is not terribly excited to fight wrestling-minded Chael Sonnen

Bellator 192: “Lima vs. MacDonald” comes to The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Jan. 20, 2018. The first Bellator show of the year is a “tent pole” event for Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV) that will see Welterweight champion Douglas Lima defend his title against Rory MacDonald in the main event of the evening.

That fantastic match up will also be joined by the first bout of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, featuring two brash former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stars, Quinton Jackson and Chael Sonnen. The good news for both “Rampage” and “The American Gangster” is that neither man has to watch his weight or his mouth for the big fight.

Jackson and Sonnen recently participated in a conference call to promote their fight and the upcoming event. And given their mutual propensity for verbal tirades, the discourse was surprisingly non-combative.


The call opened with talk of a viral video where Jackson said he’d pay Sonnen $ 10,000 each time he was taken down, with Sonnen claiming he’d get nine takedowns and pocket $ 90,000 in response. Jackson was asked if he’ll get the same money in return.

“That wasn’t part of the deal for me to take him down to get my $ 10,000. Chael’s supposed to come back with something for me to bet so I can benefit from it, but he said he had to check with his WIIIIIFE.”

Jackson was asked for his prediction on how the bout is going to go on fight night.

“It ain’t no secret. Chael’s gonna definitely try to take me down. You know, I’m gonna try my best to stay on my feet and throw them hands. It’s no secret, it’s no secret. Everybody knows what type of fight it’s going to be.”

Sonnen was asked to further explain this proposed bet between the two of them.

“Yeah, people think that’s a joke, man. I didn’t know how to take it, either. Rampage is a man of honor, we shook, I think we’ve got a bet here so … you know, I told him I can’t pay him anything. He said, ‘I want $ 500 for every jab that I land.’ I said ‘Rampage, I’m married, I’m a married man, I can’t go around making $ 500 bets.’ Now I can’t make a bet, I’ve got to go get clearance. As a man of honor I am not involved with that (bet). I am not part of that. Chael P. is purely here to collect.”

Sonnen then gave his prediction of what the style of their fight would be.

“I’ll tell you I do agree with Rampage, I’ve got to take him down, he’s got to stand up. I’ve got one way to win, that’s to be on top of him and annoy him for 15 minutes. He’s got one way to win that’s to put me to sleep. I’ve taken a lot of people down, he’s put a lot of people to sleep. This one isn’t rocket science.”

Sonnen was asked what his ideal weight would be for the Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“I’d like to be 214. I was 221 this morning. I was 224 a week ago so I’m headed in the right direction, but I have a goal of getting to 214. It’s always been tough. You know it’s been tough. I’ve never had to lose weight at any point in my life, I’ve never tried to diet for weight loss, aside from having to make a weight contractually. So that was always the force of discipline that I had in place and I don’t have that this time. It’s taken an extra element which I have found some struggles with. It’s very hard when you’re hungry and laying in bed at night to not eat something when you can, but to answer your question … 214.”

Jackson is asked what his ideal weight for the fight with Sonnen would be.

“I want to weigh 210, but that’s not going to happen! (laughter)”

Jackson was then asked what kind of fights he wants to have going forward.

“I don’t care who I fight, but I’d like to fight guys who don’t mind standing up and fighting. I just fought a wrestler my last fight. I’d like to fight guys who like to fight. You just heard Chael say he’s got to hold me down for 15 minutes. Why would I be excited about a guy who’s going to hold me down for 15? Honestly, I don’t care — it’s a tournament you got to fight everybody. If I’m going to be excited it’s going to be somebody who makes it an exciting fight. I’m old school. I’m one of a dying breed.”

Jackson was asked if he has any animosity with Sonnen.

“I don’t have any problem with Chael right now. Only problem that I got is that he’s in my way and I’m trying to get that Heavyweight belt. Nothing personal.”

Sonnen was asked if he can fight Jackson without beef between them.

“In fighting we’ve found that we need a little animosity. This is different, it’s a tournament. This is the way the Olympics does it, the NFL does it, the NCAA does it. It’s a straight line bracket like every other sport out there.”

Sonnen was asked if he would stay to defend the title if he wins the Grand Prix.

“I definitely would not go anywhere else or use that as a negotiating tool, I’m completely loyal to Bellator, but I really believe that you’ve got to defend it. I don’t think anybody should go out on top. Aside (from GSP) and Lennox Lewis I can’t think of anybody who goes out on top. I don’t want to leave anything on the table. If I’ve got one more good bad or indifferent, I’m going to take it.”

Sonnen claimed that Jackson is underrated when it comes to his verbal skills.

“I’ve seen all of Rampage’s matches. People always ask me who’s the better talker — you or Conor? I always say they’re leaving one name out — Rampage.”

Sonnen was asked if it bothers him to play second fiddle to Rory MacDonald.

“I love it. My ego is greatly affected any time I’m not the main event, and co-main event is exactly where I belong on this card. GSP doesn’t hand out compliments and he says Rory MacDonald if not being the best Welterweight in the world is the second best to him. You can go on and on about this guy, and with that said he’s not our champion — Douglas Lima is! He’s got incredible hands, he’s huge, he should be a Middleweight, but he’s a man of honor he honors the contract. If anything comes of this night it should be that if Lima gets over Rory we should finally give him his due.”

Sonnen was asked if he can remember an incident with Jackson that Michael Bisping broke up.

“It’s just heat that goes back a long time and I really can’t remember and Rampage was such a gentleman two weeks ago we had to start this over. Dana offered us coaching spots on The Ultimate Fighter and it just never came around. I don’t remember the history. I was in Chicago and we were socializing and I got into it with some guy and it turned out to be Rampage’s brother and things just escalated and ultimately Bisping had to get in and break the whole thing up. I’m jumping around on the story, but I’ve got you 90 percent there.”

Sonnen was asked if he’d talk trash just to get something started between them.

“I got out to L.A. about 10-12 days ago and Rampage was such a nice guy I don’t know what to say. If I don’t see it, I won’t say it. I won’t make something up to sell a fight. Fortunately, we’re in a bracketed format where animosity has nothing to do with it. I’ll leave it where it lies.”

Finally, Sonnen was asked if he sees a path to victory through the tournament.

“I play the bracket through 10 times a day every single day. I like to be distracted, I like to have something else to look forward to, but looking past Rampage is a risky game. I’m interested in Mir and Fedor, I feel that could go both ways, I’m not one of those guys that writes Fedor off. I don’t want to fight Mo because we go back to college days and I’d rather not fight him, but he does his best work against those bigger guys, so I think he’s a likely guy to advance. I think Mitrione is the real No. 1 guy if there wasn’t a tournament, he’s also the Vegas favorite, but I think Rampage and I got lucky in that we’re first. It’s about who can hold up. That’s why they have to have alternates. I can promise we’ll walk out there no matter how we feel, but I can’t say that for sure about the other guys. If nothing else we have the most time to recover.”

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Chael Sonnen Wanted to Face Chuck Liddell in Bellator

Like some sort of hyper-violent retirement community, Bellator has become the place where spent fighters squeeze the last bit of mojo out of their names for a paycheck. And that’s great, because how else are people like Chael Sonnen, Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir going to make their mortgage payments? But apparently there were whiffs […]

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