White: Sonnen ‘attacked’ by Brazilian fan at TUF 17 Finale
An overzealous, Brazilian had Chael Sonnen in his sites and when given this opportunity, took a swing at the UFC headliner. Sonnen has dumped mounds of trash talk onto the Brazilian culture, especially during the build up to his two fights with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
UFC President Dana White told of the incident that occurred at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale during a media scrum after a UFC on Fox 7 press conference.
“[Chael’s trash talk] exploded with the Anderson Silva fight, when he started ripping him and Brazil. Last weekend, I don’t know if any of you guys saw or heard about this, but he was there, shaking hands with everybody and everything, and this guy says, ‘Hey Chael! Chael! C’mon over here.’ Chael goes over there and the guy starts swinging on him, tried to punch him. [Security] bundled the guy up and dragged him out and he’s saying, ‘Fuck you! You are a piece of shit! I’m from Brazil’ and all this other stuff. The guy attacked him at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale last Saturday. It was a bad move [for that guy] — they didn’t take him out of there politely. He got bundled and dragged over every stair on the way out [laughs].”
White said that Sonnen was on the scene as coach for TUF 17 finalists Kevin Gastelum and Uriah Hall, as well as doing promotional work for his upcoming 205-pound title fight with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 159.