“I went after Wanderlei and I was quite candid, I went after Wanderlei because he’s the worst guy I could find, record-wise. He’s the worst fighter in the UFC. I know what you’re thinking. ‘What about ‘Crocop?” You’re right, ‘Croc Cop’ was terrible, but, Wanderlei’s record was actually a bit worse. I couldn’t get Wanderlei, so I said, ‘Why don’t I fight the guy that destroyed Wanderlei for years in the practice room?’ And that brings us to ‘Shogun.’ I like ‘Shogun.’ I have nothing against ‘Shogun,’ this is just good solid competition. But, Wanderlei did this to you ‘Shogun.'”
– Chael Sonnen via UFC Tonight!