As Kenny Rogers famously sang, “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.”
Yeah, UFC star Chael Sonnen (pictured) doesn’t live by those lyrics. In fact, Sonnen says they’re going to have to drag him kicking and screaming from the cage to get him to retire.
“I’m very impressed with guys that can extend their career, guys like Bernard Hopkins that make all of us feel young again. People like Dara Torres, the swimmer from the Olympic games that made the team at over 40 years old,” Sonnen stated during Monday’s conference call. “I really admire people that can do that.
“If you’re healthy and you love something, and you’ve got a chance to do it, that window is very small, and it is for me, too. It could be over any day now. I’m one of the guys that’ll have to be forced out of this sport. I will stay in it too long because I love it. I’m not gonna pull the plug on myself.”
Sonnen, who is among a handful of UFC fighters taking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), can focus on his budding broadcasting career once he does decide to call it quits. However, despite already losing two UFC middleweight championship affairs and one UFC light heavyweight title fight since 2010, that day is still a long ways away for Sonnen.
Particularly since Sonnen claims fighting for the hardware isn’t his only motivation.
“I haven’t reached my goals, and aside from chasing a world championship, there’s some guys I just want to fight,” Sonnen added. “I don’t know that [Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua] is one of those guys, but a few of his friends are.
“I like to compete. I don’t know any other sport. I never played any other sports. I love it. I love being part of it. I don’t have a lot of friends, so it’s nice to go to the gym and be in a social atmosphere.”
Sonnen looks to snap his two-fight losing skid this Saturday against Shogun. After the bout, the 36-year-old will drop back down to the 185-pound division.