UFC: Chael Sonnen comes clean about Anderson Silva
UFC middleweight fighter Chael Sonnen was quite honest and forthright with me recently on a conference call for UFC 136.
MMA fans have heard Sonnen's opinion about the night he fought UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and how he beat him for four rounds, yet Silva walked out the cage with the belt.
I was straight to the point with Sonnen and we had the following exchange:
MMA Stomping Grounds: Do you really believe that Anderson Silva isn’t the best 185 lbs. fighter in the world?
Chael Sonnen: "It's getting harder and harder to deny that he should be shown that appreciation. He ducked Okami for years but he did finally get in there and he made it look easy. So, I think you've got to look at that. If you're asking if I would ever concede that Anderson's better than me? No. I would simply refer you to the tape. I think [our] skills are vastly different. I think I could come down a lot and still be ahead of him. I also think he ducks and dodges opponents constantly - but listen, his wins and losses speak for themselves and the fact of the matter, whether I'd like to admit it or not, is he's done a better job than anybody, he's done a better job than me and he is the champion. That doesn't mean that I'm gonna quit poking my finger in his chest but at some point I think fairness needs to kick in, too, and I think you need to look at what he's done and tip your hat to him a little bit."
MMA Stomping Grounds: Chael thanks for your honesty and good luck man.
Chael Sonnen: I appreciate that.
Let's review Sonnen's statement: "If you're asking if I would ever concede that Anderson's better than me? No. I would simply refer you to the tape."
What Chael Sonnen has failed to take ownership of or mention at media events is the fact that he cheated. If he would have won the UFC middleweight title that night, it would have been one of the sports biggest black eyes. The UFC's newly crowned champion would have had his belt stripped eventually because he was found to have an elevated testosterone level.
In layman’s terms, he got caught cheating.
It was elevated testosterone levels that lead to the release of Nate Marquardt from the UFC prior to his fight with Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4.
Back in July 2007, UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk successfully defended his title against Hermes Franca at UFC 73. After the fight, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) announced that Sherk had tested positive for Nandrolone, a banned steroid, in a urine test the day prior to the fight.
The UFC officially stripped Sherk of his Lightweight Championship.
Now that Sonnen has finally come clean and told the truth about Anderson Silva's dominance of the middleweight division, we now ask that he stay clean and drug free.
Sonnen will be facing Brian Stann, the former Navy football player, on Saturday, October 8 at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 for a likely rematch against the champion.
In your opinion, is Chael Sonnen the second-best middleweight in the UFC?