Chael Sonnen Fought Back Tears When Submitted By Anderson Silva | UFC NEWS
“It was devastating, I had no idea what happened in that fight, none. When the fight was over, I was devastated. I came to, and I said to the ref, you know the typical thing like a doofus, ‘What happened?’ The referee, Josh Rosenthal, is a fantastic referee, simply says, ‘You tapped out.’ And he looks at me for a response like I was going to argue, and I simply say, ‘I believe you.’ Now, I knew that because ESPN zoomed in on it and showed it. But that’s all I said was, ‘I believe you.’ I remember falling asleep, it’s a very weird experience you know, when you’re actually going to sleep but you’re trying to stay within reality, and I remember having a dream thinking, “Well if I tap I can get out of this, nah, let’s not tap. The fight was over. I had already tapped, I hit his foot and I really didn’t fully know what happened. When it was over and I came too, I didn’t fully know what happened, I was trying to figure out what just happened. So, aside from being choked, don’t forget, I got fatigue issues, I got blood and Vaseline in my eyes, I have exhaustion, I have anxiety. I’m a normal human being, I feel every emotion. So many people say to me, ‘Oh you’re never scared.’ Come on, I’m a human, I feel it all. So, I lose the fight, we got to the back and they bring me the Fight of the Night check. They pay you immediately if you get a bonus. Boom, here’s your check. And I remember thinking, ‘You gave me this out of sympathy because that was such a boring fight, nothing happened, you gave it out of sympathy, I’ll take it. I’m fighting back the tears, I’m just devastated, I’m absolutely devastated by this defeat. Later the fight gets Fight of The Year from Fighters Only Magazine. So, it ended up being a really good fight. But the point I’m trying to make is , that is how out of touch I was with what was happening in the ring. At one point, my corner told me it was round five when it was round four or it was round four when it was round three, whatever it was, the corner had the rounds off. I just didn’t fully know what was going on. In this next fight, I’d like to, as I visualize and plan for it, that’s one of the things, I’d like to be a little more aware and in touch with what’s happening. But it’s hard, it’s hard in the Octagon man. A lot of stuff goes out the window, you get hit, you get kicked, it’s tough. It’s tough to stay focused.”
While on this week’s edition of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast the man you love to hate, Chael Sonnen, spent three hours talking about everything from fight’s to his persona and the world as it revolves around him.
In addition to the many topics of interest discussed Sonnen also gave a more personal and inside look on his last loss to Anderson Silva and the emotions that surged through him after letting the title slip from his grasp in the last few minutes of the fight.
Sonnen puts on the front like he has the answer to every question, like he sees and knows everything, but after being choked out by Silva, he admits, he was clueless, surprised, shocked and saddened to the point of tears.
If you missed the three hour special with MMA’s most polarizing figure head on over to page 2 to check it out!