One of mixed martial arts’ original trash talkers looks to draw
attention away from the fracas that was
UFC 229 as Chael Sonnen
takes on Fedor
Emelianenko in the semi-finals of Bellator
MMA’s heavyweight grand prix.
Sonnen launched barbs on Thursday during a press conference for
208, and the former
Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight and light
heavyweight title challenger was in prime form.
“The American Gangster” will fight at heavyweight for the second
time in his long and storied career, after defeating Quinton
Jackson by decision in January to advance in the tournament.
Despite the relatively new weight class, Sonnen says nothing will
change in his approach to the fight against one of the most
decorated and feared heavyweights in MMA history:
“My game plan is always the same. I’m gonna rush across that cage
the minute that bell rings and dare him to throw that right hand,
because when he does, I’ll be there to drop beneath it and take him
down and punch a whole through his face. Either for 15 minutes or
until he gives up,” Sonnen said on Thursday.
“It’s either going to be a long and annoying night for Fedor or a
short and embarrassing night for me.”
Sonnen did acknowledge Fedor’s brutal knockout power, which the
Russian used to knock out Frank Mir in 46
seconds to advance to the semifinals of the heavyweight
Regardless, the brash Oregon native poked fun at Emelianenko’s
physique as the two sat feet away during Thursday’s press
conference in New York.
Through an interpreter, Emelianenko replied in typical stoic
“Chael’s right, I do not have the body of a bodybuilder, but in the
cage there are different measurements for success.”