By Jamie McAllister
Chael Sonnen comments while appearing on FUEL TV’s ‘UFC Tonight’
At UFC 148 Chael Sonnen was defeated by Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. The fight was not without controversy as Silva was warned for rubbing Vaseline on his arms and chest as well as warned for holding Sonnen’s shorts and the highly debated knee that landed. Controversy followed after the fight too with one of Sonnen’s coaches looking to appeal and get a rematch as well as Silva being warned about his antics by NSAC Executive Director Kizer.
However the fight is now over and done with and Sonnen thinks Silva should be receiving more praise than criticism for his performance.
“You know it is a two man sport and you know so many time you get asked what you did wrong or what could you do differently. A lot of times you have to make sure you are complimentary; it’s what he did right. I fell down at one point and he capitalized. Good for him.”
When asked about the knee that landed prior to the stoppage Sonnen stated it did hit him in the face but he has no plans to appeal or complain.
“Well first off I would never appeal a loss. The referee’s decision is final. Those are the rules I agreed to before the event. I agreed to play by those rules are. But no I would not appeal it. The knee hit me in the face and yes you can’t hit the knee to the face, but it is the referee’s call and there is no replay. I don’t want that to change. I have done things in the octagon at spare of the moment also. The referee didn’t say anything, so it’s fair game. The knee landed where the knee landed, the result is the same and I don’t dispute the results.”
Sonnen talked trash and fired insults Anderson’s way for the best part of two years and at UFC 148 all problems between the two seemed to be solved. Sonnen comments on his relationship with Silva and admits the rivalry was great for his career.
“Listen, you know that was very nice what he said [inviting him to his family BBQ] but at the end of the day I never wished Silva a bad life. I shook his hand in the ring and I wish him a good life. If I had the chance to fight him again, I would definitely take it. I am appreciative of him and of the chance he gave me to fight him again and the first time. I was very good for Anderson, but Anderson was very good for me too.”
Following the UFC 148 defeat one of Sonnen’s coaches suggested he may retire. Sonnen has no plans to retire and he may make the move to Light-Heavyweight.
“I love this sport and I would never want to retire. My coach Clayton will be the one that retires me based on my results and productivity in practice. I could have easily defeated him, physically I’m fine, mentally im fine. Give me a couple of weeks to settle in and when you get in the spot that I am in, we will see. Anderson could retire any day now. And there is simply an option to start over by changing weight class. My mentors have done it and it could happen. I would go up to 205. Jon Jones. There are some great guys at 185, but traditionally and historically it is a good way to get a fresh start and start over.”
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