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Sonnen Has No Plans To Retire And Suggests Light-Heavyweight Move To Face Jon Jones | UFC News

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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35 Comments to Sonnen Has No Plans To Retire And Suggests Light-Heavyweight Move To Face Jon Jones | UFC News

  1. Chael just can’t stop trolling can he?Multiple replays show it was the thigh that hit Chael’s face not Anderson’s knee.If it had of been illegal the comission would of pulled Anderson for it .The comission has stated that they deem the knee to be legal so thats the end of that.I look forward to Chael getting crushed by Shogun,Machida, will Chael fight his mentor Hendo?who knows.But if Chael by some miracle gets a shot a Jones i think Jones will end Chael’s career.

    • CanILive says:

      a thigh would count as a kick right?? which would mean a kick to a downed opponent….

      • PHAEL LOST AGAIN says:

        THIGH “NOT” KNEE BESIDES THE FORCE OF THE STRIKE WENT TO HIS CHEST. as soon as the article said illegal knee i knew it was written to make yo dumb butts feel better. cant be mad at chael tho for a guy that had no fans to one day have a million fans ofcourse he will say anything to string you along and keep himself relivent. LOSERS!!

      • KTFO says:

        ok ok…when you hit with your FISTS…its called a PUNCH (ex. SUPERMAN PUNCH)…hit with your ELBOWS….its called an ELBOW…(ex. SPINNING ELBOW)…hit with your SHOULDERS…its called SHOULDER (ex. what Silva did to Sonnen at the weigh-ins)…hit with your FEET…its called a KICK…(ROUNDHOUSE KICK)…hit with your KNEES…its called a KNEE (ex. FLYING KNEE)…and now i quote you @CanILive (how can you…) “a thigh would count as a kick right??”…NO! it is called as “HITTING YOUR OPPONENT WITH YOUR THIGH” not with a KNEE…not with a foot…but with a THIGH…and there are no rules against that.

        • lambo says:

          Only a fucking idiot would kick a person with their foot.. You kick with your shin there buddy, this isn’t fucking soccer

        • MMFT says:

          some people just gotta learn the hard way. let him go break his foot and see i’m sure he’ll figure it out.

        • Bob'O says:

          With that logic, I guess both Machida and Silva are idiots for knocking out Couture and Vitor with their foot?

          Talk about stuck on stupid bro. ~Bob’O

        • Luke says:

          Idiot. Karate fighters kick with their foot, and it’s effective. Sure, it’s not ideal, but it’s legit. Didn’t you see Silva knock Vitor out? THAT was the foot. Don’t preach about martial arts if you don’t know a fucking thing.

      • Nick says:

        If you actually look at it again, the impact of the knee to the chest of Chael was what caused his head to move forward thus bumping the thigh of Anderson. It would be the equivalent of headbutting someones feet while on the guard of the said opponent to get a DQ. Ofcourse this was unintentional but otherwise the same banana

    • Ed says:

      You just admitted it was to the face. The thigh is part of the leg last I checked. Learn the rules properly before you shoot off at the mouth .

    • Chris says:

      Chael would end the Jones hype. Jones isn’t a great wrestler he’s okay. Chael would destroy Jones and end the hype. Like I would if I got my hands on you fool.

  2. Tim says:

    its 2012 the year of the trolls.. I know a guy that trains in Chael’s gym and he is a good wrestler. He told me Chael is a great wrestler and he loves to wrestle. He told me that a few guys quit the gym because Chael touched them inappropriately. I dont think Chael is gay as much as I dont like him but I have inside “drama” that hes a great wrestler but on top of that he has gay tendencies. That might explain why hes on TRT and still single.. Dont mark my words but this is what I heard from guys in the Gym. If you guys know who I am please dont say. I didnt say your names

  3. Xaninho says:

    He says there are no replays, but there are replays. The knee did not hit him in the face in any way. The thigh MAYBE grazed his face. The knee had a downwards trajectory towards the sternum, the replays clearly show that. Since the thigh naturally follows the same trajectory it’s not possible the thigh went into his face with full force. I think he’s mistaking one of the punches right after the knee with the knee itself.

    I don’t think moving up would be such a good idea for him. He should think about moving down to 170.

    • Joe says:

      Chael needs to stay where he’s at, He’s way too big for 170 and 205 is the only other option besides 185. Also, The Thigh hit him in the face, You may even say it was the upper knee.Having said that, Chael is not complaing as he shouldn’t, He gave the fight away IMO with that failed spinning elbow, He could have been patient and got the TD again in the second rd if he had waited and been patient. Stupidity like that will never get anybody a win over a guy like Silva.I Also think Anderson Silva should retire, The blueprint has been drawn how to beat him. Chris Weidman has what it takes to beat Silva, Only his gas tank is questionable and he has all the tools Sonnen has but with one difference, POWER, If a guy like Weidman gets on top of Silva its over for the Spider.. Just look at Fedor, He started getting exposed and almost beaten before Werdum! Once his mystique vanished so did his win streak..Don’t be foolish enough to think Weidman doesn’t have the skills to beat Silva, He does.. I’m not saying he will but he is the biggest threat to Silva. Hector Lombard has a style custom made for the spider….

      • Thom says:

        Bitch please there’s no way Lombard or Weidman would beat Anderson.

        • joe says:

          Bitch please? Your just full of class Thom, Lombard is taylor made FOR Silva, Meaning Silva Would beat him, Weidman? If he doen’t gas out He could ABSOLUTLEY beat Silva.. Too many people think Silva is invincible, he’s great, but Sonnen whipped his ass the first time and gave it away the second fight.. Please don’t allow your Love for his balls blind you to the fact that he can be beaten. Chael didn’t get the job done, but he did erase alot of Silv’s mystique. Mark my words, If Silva hangs around too long, he will get exposed, Half or more of his wins are against cans anyway, I don’t subscribe to the Anderson Silva ball sucker magazine… But it doesn’t matter, Guys like you keep his meat whistle tuned up enough

        • DanaWhiteTheBoss says:

          Joe quit talking out your ass. Silva is the best of all time.

        • ^^^CHAEL'S NUT SUCKER^^^ says:

          Chael took Anderson down, and what, nothing!!! Held him down and his ground and pound didnt do shit to Anderson! Look at Chaels face in the first fight. Anderson did more work and damage from the bottom!!! YOU DUMBASS!!! If you call holdin someone down beatin someones ass then you’re… a fucktard!!! I’m startin to believe the other guy who said Chael is gay.

        • Xaninho says:

          Ofcourse anyone who stays around too long will end up losing one day. The guy is 38 years old and not on TRT, what do you expect?

          You’re saying it like the day Silva loses a fight against a much younger, stronger guy it also means he’s not the GOAT?

          And if Chael did anything it’s ADDING to Silva’s mystique.

      • HIIIPower716 says:

        stop making excuses for chael he dont likle excuses

        • joe says:

          Not an Excuse, just an observation, A good observation at that. I like Sonnen, he could definetly beat Silva, but I don’t think he’s a top guy in that division, I just think he had Silvas number style wise, but he didn’t capitalize… end of story

      • Chris says:

        Upper knee!? Hahahahahaha! Anderson must have the longest knee in the history of humans! Maybe that’s what makes him a superior fighter, hahahahaha!

  4. John M says:

    I would love to see Chael move up to 205. He would never make 170 he’s fucking cutting a big amount of weight in the final days just to make 185 and its not like he’s getting smaller.

  5. fist says:

    bad idea jones gonna kill you in octagon..!!

  6. joe says:

    Sonnen should stay put, Put together another win streak and fight Silva again, If Silva is retired before he can get back to him, than he fight for the Middleweight title against whomever has it… I just don’t think he could do anything with “Boner Jones” too much reach and size…

  7. Goombaplata says:

    “Your email address will not be published.” But it will sure be available to the next person who logs in…

    This website is falling to pieces…

    On topic: Job Jones would kill Sonnen. So would all the top 5 contenders at LHW.

  8. Clay says:

    Anderson was fighting dirty, but he won the fight without a doubt. He deserved the win. If something was unfair u better believe big mouth sonnen would have been the first to say somethin. He should call out jones now like he did silva

  9. wenonaman says:

    Chael vs Shogun
    then Chael vs Rashad
    then Chael vs Jon Jones

  10. ufaaikai says:

    I think all the people that are regular posters are geeks with no life. Get a life losers.

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