These days, it seems as if UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has an opinion on any and every thing.
Sonnen, in a interview with Bruce Buffer for Sherdog.com spoke out on a variety of subjects, including his last fight against Anderson Silva, Tito Ortiz and even Ken Shamrock.
As far as Sonnen is concerned, he finds it hard to figure out how Silva won their title fight. If you don’t believe him, just ask.
“In what parallel scoring system do you punch a man 300 times, he hits you 11 times, wraps his legs around your head for eight seconds and they declare him the winner? That doesn’t make you a winner,” Sonnen said. “In no form of society, from the jungle to the streets, does that make you a winner. I’m the people’s champion I’m the linear champion. I’m the best middleweight there’s ever been and I am the UFC’s true champion.”
Sonnen had more respect for Ortiz than nearly anyone else he has ever spoken out about.
“He’s the most decorated light heavyweight of all time. He’s assured to be in the hall of fame, and when he made his entrance that night, and that crowd erupted, the roof came off the building when Tito walked in,” Sonnen said. “I think that’s about all you need to know, that’s about all that needs to be said for Tito Ortiz.”
Ortiz was in the midst of a long losing streak and on the verge of being cut from the UFC when he caught Ryan Bader in a choke and secured the win. Ortiz went on to face Rashad Evans a week ago, falling to the No. 1 contender at UFC 133.
Quickly, Sonnen went back into his typical intense self when the subject of Shamrock facing one-time UFC fighter and former boxing champion James Toney came up. The two are scheduled to meet later this year, but Sonnen for one has his doubts.
“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. “Ken Shamrock is going around to all of 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 10 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 10 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.”
As for Sonnen, he has Brian Stann to worry about, as the two will square off at UFC 136 in a bout that is likely to determine the No. 1 contender to either Silva or Yushin Okami, who collide later this month.