As Chael Sonnen prepares for his coaching stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” and title shot against UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, more members of the MMA community continue voice their opinion about how Sonnen used his promotional skills to get a title shot.
One man who recently criticized Sonnen was former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
During an interview with “Inside MMA,” Jackson said he couldn’t stand Sonnen and added that while he respects the challenger’s wrestling ability, everything else about Sonnen’s fighting style is boring.
“He can’t punch hard. Look what he did to Anderson Silva. He did a great job holding Anderson down, making a boring fight with a decorated champion. I didn’t even see the fight, but I heard about it the day after the fight – Anderson didn’t even have a mark on him. Not a mark. He’s weak.”
This is not the first time Sonnen and Jackson have traded barbs with each other. In the past, Sonnen has called Jackson a Hollywood extra and said “stupidity was a disease that was treatable by medicine, ‘Rampage’ would be the first one in line at the pharmacy, every morning.”
Although Jackson may come off to some as a bitter fighter, especially after his recent comments about wanting to be released by the UFC, he did bring up a good point about Sonnen’s rematch with Silva.
While Sonnen was able to keep Silva down in the first round, I was shaking my head, hoping the pace would pick up.
Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat tweeted that while it was a good round for Sonnen, she could not have handled four more rounds just like it.
In addition to his criticism on Sonnen’s fighting, Jackson also said that while he is a trash talker, he only talks smack about his opponents while everyone seems to be a target for Sonnen.
“This guy talks trash about ring girls, about people that are not even in his weight class. He talks trash about the President. Now, that’s a little bit too much. It’s very disrespectful.”
I agree with Jackson on this. It is one thing to talk smack to the person you’re going to fight at the next pay per view to sell a fight, but verbally attacking a ring girl, the media or someone outside of the fighting community is cheap.
Still, Jackson is not the first person to attack Sonnen, nor will he be the last.
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