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Chael Sonnen Offers Up Respect For Shogun Rua

Chael Sonnen isn’t one to throw words around like legend or icon too loosely – unless he is talking about himself, of course.

Sonnen will look to get back on track when he faces former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen on August 17.

The former middleweight contender moved up to 205 pounds, but was defeated by champion Jon Jones via first round TKO.

“Rua seems like a really great guy,” said Sonnen, during a recent interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub. “He’s one of the few legends that are still fighting. Anytime you get old, there’s been an instant assignment of legend status.

“He truly is a legend. I admire him, I admire what he’s done in the right. He’s good; he’s not me, but he is very good.”

Rua was defeated by Alex Gustafsson in his most recent bout.