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Tuesday, 01/10/2012, 07:35 am

UFC NEWS – Chael Sonnen Believes If He Doesn't Win The Title That His Legacy Is Failure

“One night. One moment. Twelve pounds of gold‬. This will all be a colossal failure if I don’t have that one night. I haven’t had too many dark moments, but I’ll tell you, in the beginning, trying to break in [to the sport] was so hard. You train the best that you can [this was 10 years ago] and you don’t really know what that means — there’s not a lot of MMA gyms and there’s almost no MMA coaches. Then I get a call and it’s to fight a guy named Jeremy Horn. Now, Jeremy Horn is like the greatest fighter ever at this point — he’s ranked number one in the world, Anderson [Silva] is like six or seven. He’s beaten every body. And they say that you have to fight him tomorrow, and if you beat him, we’ll put you right in the UFC. I was like okay, send me a plane ticket, and before I know it, I’m flying to Iowa with no cornerman, going to fight in a Monte Cox show, which you might as well turn the lights off and run your head into the wall. So things like that happened to me. I don’t know if those are dark moments, but those are some of the things that I remember. I look at today’s athletes and sometimes I see them being prima donnas, or not wanting to do certain things, being ungrateful or complaining about their pay as they pull up in a new Ferrari and I think you guys don’t know what it’s like. This was a very risky business venture that a couple of crazy guys, who risked everything to make, and you’re not owed this industry. You should be a little more grateful.”

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