Chael Sonnen knows exactly what to expect when he prepares to square off with Brian Stann this Saturday evening at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III.
Sonnen, a constant learner, has been following Stann and believes the military veteran doesn’t know how to beat him. However, Stann’s coach. John Bardis, is Sonnen’s mentor and he believes that Bardis knows how to defeathim.
“My biggest problem isn’t Brian Stann,” said Sonnen, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph this week. “My biggest concern going into this fight is that his coach is my mentor. A man named John Bardis. It’s a major conflict for me. I don’t know if Brian Stann can figure out how to beat me, but I do know that John Bardis does know how to beat me.”
Sonnen is trying to get back to fighting UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and he knows a win over Stann could position him right back into that spot. So it’s understandable why Bardis being in Stann’s camp concerns him.
“I’m a wrestler – John Bardis is a distinguished member of the wrestling Hall of Fame. There’s nothing in my bag of tricks he doesn’t know how to counter. I love the guy. He treats me like a son. He’s a great man. He’s more than a friend. He’s a mentor to me,” Sonnen said. “I’m saying this very light-heartedly, but if I could change one thing, I would take coach John Bardis out of his corner and stick him up in the stands and make him watch us. I’m not happy that he’s going to be coming up with Brian’s game plan.”
FightLine.com will have all your latest news leading up to UFC 136, and will have complete coverage of the entire fight card. Along with Stann-Sonnen, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defends his title against Gray Maynard, and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo meets Kenny Florian.