If Chael Sonnen can be expected to do anything, it’s deliver a clever soundbite.
The outspoken UFC middleweight didn’t disappoint during a recent appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network show It’s Time!, hosted by UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer. Sonnen touched on everything from his status as the true UFC middleweight champion to Tito Ortiz’s MMA legacy. Though he got in his standard digs at the Black House crew, Sonnen most pointedly criticized UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock for supposedly fleecing promoters.
The West Linn, Oregon native called Shamrock out for accepting fights with pay up front and then finding or creating reasons to pull out at the last minute. He went so far as to predict that Shamrock’s upcoming fight with pro boxer James Toney will never happen.
“I can guarantee you that — as sure as night follows day — that not only is that fight never gonna happen, it never was,” Sonnen said of Shamrock vs. Toney. “Ken Shamrock is going around to all these different promoters doing his typical scumbag move, getting money up front saying, ‘You know, I’m a Hall of Famer and I don’t even know if you guys are going to exist, so give me a ten grand signing bonus.’
“He takes their money, goes and blades himself in the back, or whatever make believe thing that guy does, won’t show up — guaranteed he won’t show up –- keeps their ten grand and goes on to the next unassuming promoter. He’s not gonna fight James Toney anymore than you are; he never was. That fight won’t happen, mark my words.”
Currently, the bout is unattached to any specific date, time or promotion, though there was a press conference held for the fight in late June. Early reports set the fight in September, but it appears now that the fight — which will take place over eight, three-minute rounds and under special rules that call for quick stand-ups — could be pushed back as far as November.