For the first time in a long time, Chael Sonnen actually had kind works to say about a fellow fighter.
Sonnen, talking with Bruce Buffer via Sherdog.com, was impressed with the performance Rashad Evans put on against Tito Ortiz at UFC 133. Evans won by second round TKO in the battle of former light heavyweight champions.
Here is what Sonnen had to say about Evans:
“I believe the best light heavyweight of all time is the Rashad Evans that stepped into the ring on Saturday night [at UFC 133]. A lot of people are really missing it, they’re like ‘well, he beat Tito and Tito wasn’t quite ready’ and I’m going ‘wait a minute, Tito’s always ready.’
“Secondly, let’s understand Tito hit Rashad so hard two different times. Once with a cross and once with a hook that would have sent most people down and Rashad walked right through it. Let’s understand Rashad was caught in a choke and found his way out. Let’s understand Rashad went on an absolute sprint where I thought ‘wow, this is great’ because I’m cheering for Tito and he’s punching himself out. Not only did he not punch himself out he did about two or three more of those sprints in the fight and then he finally did get the finish.
“The Rashad Evans that was in the ring that night, people really need to look at that performance. That was flat-out scary. Rashad moves his record to 18-1, that’s the best record in our industry, a former champion, he could walk away right now and he will go down in the hall of fame.”
Evans, who has been in line to fight for the 205-pound title since defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson back in May of last year, is still the top contender to face the winner of Jackson-Jon Jones, who meet for Jones’ title in September.