Sonnen Talks Potential Retirement, UFC 148 Appeal And WWE Reports | UFC News
By Jamie McAllister
Chael Sonnen appeared on FUEL TV as part of the on-air broadcast team for the UFC on Fuel TV 4 weigh ins. Sonnen discussed his UFC 148 bout with Anderson Silva as well as all the reports that came after it.
Sonnen started off by talking about the spinning back fist he threw that cost him the fight.
“You know, I really wish that I knew and I don’t know. Listen, in fairness, had that landed, we’d all be talking about what a wonderful spinning punch it was. It didn’t, I fell down like a doofus, and I gotta live with it.”
He also commented on the highly debated knee that landed when he was down against the cage.
“Well, listen. The knee really hurt. All those shots hurt. But here’s the reality — we don’t do instant replay in this sport, and we shouldn’t. It comes down to a judgement call, and wherever the referee says the knee landed, officially, that’s where the knee landed. That’s an excellent official, as they all are. He made his call, and that’s the way it goes, and I will never complain or look back.”
Reports coming out of the Sonnen camp from coaches stated they would like to appeal the decision and get a rematch. However the fighter himself says he has no plans to appeal the decision.
“Let’s make sure we don’t call it illegal. The referee’s judgement is what stands. I trust in that, and it works both ways. I’ve thrown knees before — the referee makes his decision. That is the decision we live with. We would never appeal it, except with these. If we had a chance to re-do it, well, that’s a different thing. But we would never go and appeal. The decision’s the decision, and part of competing is, you gotta know how to lose. It’s real easy to win, but you gotta know how to lose. Sometimes you gotta man up, swallow it and walk out.”
One of Sonnen’s coaches had stated he would not be surprised if Sonnen retired. This could be true however Sonnen plans to take more time to decide as he does not want emotion to be the key factor in the decision.
“I don’t think any athlete should beging to talk like that or think about that until you let about 30 days go by. In anything in life, you don’t wanna make a decision based on emotion. You have highs and very big lows in this sport. You don’t wanna make any drastic decisions. I think that it’s also an insult to the fans when guys like to come out and say, ‘I’m retired!’ When what they really mean is, ‘I’ll see everybody in 18 months, because I’m coming back.’ I don’t wanna do that. But when I get to that point in my career, I’ll make a statement, and I’ll never look back.”
After a dominant first round Sonnen went back to his corner ahead on the scorecard and he states he felt Anderson break. However the Middleweight Champion came back and finished the fight in the second and although hard to take it impressed Sonnen.
“You know, listen, it’s very rare, in a competition, where a guy will fall apart and come back in the same night. Generally, as athletes, when you fall apart, you gotta go re-group. You go back home, you take a few months off and you come back. In my firs fight with Anderson, he fell apart, and then, at some point, he decided, ‘You know what? I still think I can win this thing.’ I really admired that in him. I look up to that in an athlete. He does that. Randy Couture does that really well. Anderson did that in this fight a lot, too. In the first round, he offered very little resistance. He came back strong.”
Sonnen also discussed the rumors about a potential move to the WWE and has no plans to become a pro wrestler currently.
“Well, listen. I tried to go to the WWE. It’s in Vegas, on the 16th of this month, but I was leaving Vegas. I’d love to go to WWE. I’d love to get my popcorn. I’d cheer on CM Punk, but I go back to my promoter, Dana White, at the end of the night.”