By Jason Moles
Earlier this week, UFC announcer Bruce Buffer caught up with Chael Sonnen for a segment on his Sherdog Radio Network show ‘IT’S TIME!!!’. Buffer got Sonnen to open up about his highly entertaining fight with Anderson Silva, his thoughts on Tito Ortiz, and Ken Shamrock‘s get-rich-quick scheme. Wait, what?!
Straight from the horse’s mouth to the screen in front of you, we’ve got the highlights of the interview.
On his loss to UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva:
“In what parallel scoring system do you punch a man three hundred times, he hits you eleven times, wraps his legs around your head for eight seconds and they declare him the winner? That doesn’t make you a winner.
In no form of society, from the jungle to the streets, does that make you a winner. I’m the People’s champion I’m the linear champion. I’m the best middleweight there’s ever been and I am the UFC’s true champion.”
On Tito Ortiz‘s role in the UFC:
“He’s the most decorated light heavyweight of all time. He’s assured to be in the Hall of Fame, and when he made his entrance that night, and that crowd erupted, the roof came off the building when Tito walked out. I think that’s about all you need to know, that’s about all that needs to be said for Tito Ortiz.
He has a place in this company, in this industry, and it would be horrible to begin the Tito retirement talks. Just an absolute loss to all of us if he was to call it quits, which he isn’t, but I don’t even want to hear that talk get started.”
On how he feels about James Toney fighting Ken Shamrock:
“I can guarantee you that as sure as night follows day, that not only is that fight never gonna happen, it never was. Ken Shamrock is going around to all these different promoters doing his typical scumbag move getting money up front saying, “You know, I’m a Hall of Famer and I don’t even know if you guys are going to exist, so give me a ten grand signing bonus.”
He takes their money, goes and blades himself in the back, or whatever make believe thing that guy does, won’t show up – guaranteed he won’t show up – keeps their ten grand and goes on to the next unassuming promoter. He’s not gonna fight James Toney anymore than you are. He never was. That fight won’t happen, mark my words.”
Click here to listen to the full interview.