While Chael Sonnen has continually shut down rumors of a return to MMA in July once his suspension is up, that hasn’t stopped the former title challenger from weighing in on the current state of the UFC’s middleweight division.
Sonnen spoke on a recent episode of The MMA Hour, where he said the current UFC middleweights are “just terrible.” Sonnen followed that up by contemplating his return to MMA:
“It’d be real hard to not go in and whip Anderson’s ass a third time,” Sonnen said. “That’s a tough one. Anderson was never a hard fight for me. It was hard to get my hand raised. That son of a b*tch always knew how to get his hand raised, but I whipped that guy, man. I whipped that guy so easily. Look, I fought 49 men. I’ve had three 10-8 rounds. They’re all against him. I mean, I tip my hat. That guy, he beat me fair and square and he got his hand raised. I don’t mean anything about it, good for you Anderson. But it’s hard. It’s hard to not want (it back).”
“I’m a big believer, if you’re going to do it, man, you go after number-one,” Sonnen said. “That’s it. You go after number-one. You don’t be a bully and a dick and do all these things. I really think that, but again, if we’re doing this, I would add ‘Lil Nog’ (Antonio Rogerio Nogueira) to the list. ‘Lil Nog’ is back, I don’t know how. He’s back from the dead. He looks like he’s dead, but he went out there and he won. He beat Patrick Cummins, who’s a former teammate of mine. Patrick Cummins is a tough guy and he beat him. So I would add Lil Nog to that list, if we’re just playing make-believe right now.”
With Sonnen’s suspension ending soon, and the UFC holding a slew of high-profile events, do you think we will ever see ‘The American Gangster’ return to MMA? Sound off below PENN Nation!
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