Nogueira comments on Chael Sonnen and does not agree with Sonnen’s methods of self promotion. Nogueira states that Sonnen is a tough fighter but thinks Sonnen talks so much to compensate for his boring style.
“The guy’s disrespectful. The way he advertises himself is a wrong way of advertising, it’s disrespectful”, says Nogueira, criticizing the wrestler’s performance inside the cage. “He does those warm fights. He’s a tough fighter, a super athlete, but his kind of fight doesn’t sell, doesn’t convince, he’s not a dangerous striker nor a submitter. Where he gets his popularity from? Talking.”
“He’s a guy who says bad things about countries, the athlete, Anderson’s wife, the way he dresses… He gets into things that does not matter”
“If he said he was going to beat Anderson and explained how I guess it was ok, but he gets into personal stuff and that’s a mistake. Anderson did good on responding to him.”
Nogueira also comments on Anderson’s training camp for the rematch with Sonnen and warns that this may be the most dangerous Anderson Silva that has ever set foot in the cage.
“I’ve never seen Anderson like that. He’s throwing amazing kicks and punches, he’s got an amazing ground game and he has effective takedown defense. I watched his last couple of trainings and he’s prepared. Sonnen will have to hand in there because he really wants it and he’s ready for it.”
Nogueira comments on Sonnen bringing in Vinny Magalhães to work with him on his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the UFC 148 rematch with Silva.
“He’s gotta try (laughs)”, jokes Minotauro. “Pexao is a very good Jiu-Jitsu guy and has got to improve his triangles. He was submitted by Demian, Sobral, Paulo, Anderson, Jeremy Horn… I guess he says bad things about Jiu-Jitsu and Brazil because of that: he’s traumatized by Brazilians’ ground game.”
Jokes aside Nogueira states that Sonnen is strong on the ground however does not think this will matter and predicts that Anderson will knock him out.
“He’s good on the ground, knows who to defend himself and Jiu-Jitsu. He trains with Brazilians. How did he learn that? Was he born with natural Jiu-Jitsu skills? He says bad things about Brazil and Jiu-Jitsu but trains it”, assures. “He wants to improve his flaws but it won’t happen this time. I guess there’s a knockout to come this time.”
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