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Chael Sonnen Claims He “Took Mercy” On Anderson Silva

UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen’s is currently in hot water for failing a pre-fight drug test for performance enhancing drugs (Sonnen registered an elevated level of testosterone when tested prior to UFC 117) and is currently dealing with the fallout from that. Sonnen has remained quiet since the news broke that he had tested positive but everyone’s favorite brash Oregonian is still good for a sound bite, as a video of Sonnen bashing Anderson Silva after their UFC 117 fight (and well prior to their now-cancelled rematch) while talking to FightHubTV has been making the rounds and sees the former political hopeful make as polarizing a statement as he ever has.

Sonnen dominated Silva for most of five rounds when they met to dispute “The Spider’s” UFC middleweight championship in Oakland, California on August 7th of this past year. Sonnen took some damage within those rounds but was far and away the more effective of the two fighters at controlling the fight. Silva would land the equivalent of a hail mary pass late in the fourth round by locking up a tight triangle choke on Sonnen that eventually forced him to tap out.

Sonnen recently made a public declaration while speaking with FightHubTV whereby he informed the larger MMA fandom that he took it easy on Silva when they fought because the champion informed him of the rib injury he sustained during the fight, apparently prompting a reaction bordering on sympathy from Sonnen.

“Yeah, you know, it’s one of those things,” Sonnen said. “I took mercy on him. His rib hurt, he told me his rib hurt in the fight. So I took pity on him. I thought he was done. I thought, ‘Well, I’ll be nice to this guy and win the fight anyway.’ Blah, blah, blah, whatever.”

Sonnen is currently looking at a year-long forced suspension from MMA and a $2,500 fine on mandate by the California State Athletic Commission, who oversaw testing for the UFC 117 event. Sonnen intends to dispute the test results as he has filed an appeal which will be heard this December 2nd by the CSAC.