Chael Sonnen and respect don’t go together too often when it comes to how the UFC middleweight contender carries himself while promoting a fight at the same time. Sonnen, however, would beg to differ on that statement.
“I don’t manufacture conflict. I think I’m the most respectful guy in this sport,” said Sonnen, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com this past week. “I have a vastly different opinion on what respect means than some people. Some people think it’s respectful to lie and be nice to your face and bow and put a knife in your back when you turn around. I will tell you to your face that when you turn around, I’m going to put a knife in your back, and then I’ll do it.”
Sonnen, who meets Brian Stann at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III Saturday night from Houston, is hoping to overcome an extended layoff. He hasn’t fought since falling to Anderson Silva for the UFC 185-pound title last year, and despite knowing just how good of an opponent Stann is, that doesn’t mean Sonnen isn’t thinking about “The Spider.”
“I always look ahead. I don’t ever focus on anything. Again, this doesn’t require focus, guys,” Sonnen said. “This is a fist-fight for a 15-minute time limit. I can’t think of anything less meaningful or important in life than that.”
Sonnen knows that he is likely to be the villain when he steps inside the Toyota Center and heads to the Octagon, as Stann is a former military veteran and a fan favorite. Sonnen only asks the fans to “be present and be loud.”
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