Plenty of people didn’t like hearing what Chael Sonnen (Pictured) had to say leading up to Saturday’s showdown with middleweight king Anderson Silva, specifically “The Spider” himself, but you can’t be anything but complimentary of how the chatty wrestler has conducted himself following his defeat at UFC 148.
There were controversies surrounding Silva grabbing his shorts during an onslaught and a potential illegal knee Silva unleashed on him which ultimately led to the 2ndRound TKO finish. However, Sonnen accepted the loss like a man and refused to search for any excuses at the post-fight press conference.
There was even talk Monday of Sonnen’s coach filing an appeal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the possible infractions. Although, during today’s FUEL TV weigh-ins show, Uncle Chael shot down any possibility of submitting a complaint.
“Here’s the reality, we don’t do instant replay in this sport and we shouldn’t,” Sonnen stated. “It comes down to a judgment call, and wherever the referee says the knee landed officially, that is where the knee landed. He made his call and I will never complain and look back. The referee makes the decision and that is the decision, we live with it. We would never go and appeal.
“Part of competing is you have to know how to lose. It’s real easy to win, but you have to know how to lose. You have to man up, swallow it and walk out.”
After having his takedown attempts stuffed early in the second stanza, the challenger inexplicably attempted a spinning backfist. Unfortunately for Sonnen, he hit nothing but air and found himself on his behind.
Silva immediately landed what initially appeared to be a knee to his archenemy’s head while Sonnen was still on the mat, which is against the rules. Although, on replay it seemed to connect right in the middle of Sonnen’s chest. Their scrap was a wrap shortly after Sonnen’s error.
Speaking of the spinning backfist…
“In fairness, had that landed, we would have talked about what a wonderful spinning punch it was. But I didn’t, I spun around like a doofus,” Sonnen admitted.