Liddell on Sonnen: I can’t stand the way he promotes fights.

April 21, 2014 4:53 pm 11 Comments

In a recent interview with MMAJunkie‘s Steven Marrocco, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell stated that he doesn’t appreciate the way Chael Sonnen promotes fights:

“Chael’s a nice guy,” said Liddell. “I’ve met him and hung out with him. I like him, and he’s a nice guy. I can’t stand the way he promotes fights. 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. 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. But, it is what it is. Some of the fans like it, and it gets people to watch fights, that’s fine.”

He continued:

“Some of the things he said, as far as I’m concerned, are over the line. 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.”

Chael Sonnen was recently in a ‘brawl’ with Wanderlei Silva while on the set of TUF Brazil 3. That brawl apparently left both fighters banged up, and thus delayed their fight-date by 30 days and some change.

“I’m sure he didn’t mean to start it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he crossed the line and Wanderlei took a swing at him,” said Liddell. “Everyone has a line, and especially fighters.”

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