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Chael Sonnen’s UFC 134 Trip Canceled Due to Threats From Sponsor, Brazilian Police

(Step one of their ferocious secret-handshake.)

So maybe “dick-tucked” was an over-simplification. Yes, Chael Sonnen will be staying home this weekend, despite his original plan to corner Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in Rio. But his reasons for backing out of the trip are a little more complicated than the fear of a Brazilian lynch mob. MMAJunkie has the details:

A source with knowledge of the situation told that Praetorian, a Brazil-based MMA brand, threatened to pull [Okami]‘s sponsorship if Sonnen attended.

“There’s a line of people that want to kick his ass,” the source said.

And that could be the least of problems for the expert trash-talker. Sonnen said friends in the country forwarded him a local-media report in which a police chief threatened to arrest him on sight if he showed. The official cited a law that makes disparaging the national identity a crime.

“You don’t have freedom of speech in Brazil; put it like that,” Sonnen told after a workout at Team Quest Tualatin…

Brazil-based MMA manager Alex Davis said Sonnen’s words have united Brazil’s MMA community.

“Brazilians don’t get together on other things, but they’ve gotten together on this,” he said. “Brazilian authorities would not arrest Sonnen for anything he said. They would defend him. But he is talking about people that a whole generation of fighters worship.”

“I only want to be there to help him,” Sonnen said. “I don’t need to see the show. I can watch the show on TV. I was going exclusively in support of Yushin, and frankly, it’s been headed this way for a long time. It’s been headed the direction of, ‘Hey, this is becoming a distraction.’

“This fight isn’t about me. I’m not involved. I’m here to lend you support. But I don’t want things thrown at what will unintentionally be him while he’s in the ring or we’re going to the ring.

“This is serious business. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it’s not my place to disturb it or shift any type of attention to me. This is his moment, his night, his time to be the world champ.”

At this point, Okami’s association with Chael Sonnen will guarantee at least a couple plastic-cups full of Brahma thrown at him during the walkout. Not the most popular fighter to begin with, Okami will be greeted with a deafening wave of boos before his fight against the national hero. In fact, the UFC 134 main event might even surpass GSP vs. Jake Shields in terms of hatred-potential.

But no matter what transpires in the fight, the absence of Chael Sonnen will significantly reduce the odds of a riot. And that’s a good thing considering that the UFC is already looking at a Brazilian stadium show in 2012.

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Todd M- August 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm
@ XENO lol
XENOPHON- August 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm
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Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed."
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XENOPHON- August 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm
If Brazilian's want to rise into leading nation status, then they must learn to take the criticisms and jokes that come with the territory, if not they will continue to be the people in South America who can't stand in their own two feet.
Brazilian's have contributed much with BJJ and they have a huge pool of talent, but the fact is they all rode on the coat-tails of Gracie (Royce) when he torn through the competition in the early years. That happened in the US, not in Brazil.
Brazilian's need to get some thicker fucking skin. I am all for cracking heads in the name of national pride, but their inferiority complex was exploited by the UFC (especially Chael at the behest of Dana) to drive momentum into the upcoming UFC 134 competition.
Take the Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller fight as an example. I have a favorite in Palhares and I am not Brazilian. I think most here are looking at it the same way, but how do you think the same rates in Brazil?
How many Brazilian's took Jones over Rua?
TellaTruth- August 25, 2011 at 8:21 am
@rampageisgod You've got to be kidding me. No other fighter lived up to the talk better than Kale did. That fight was aw some. He's kinda right. Kale kicked his ass but Anderson won the fight.
Todd M- August 25, 2011 at 7:08 am
@ madcowboy, being that u've travelled alot u should know that theres beauty and culture to be proud of in every country. You can be proud of your country, theres nothing wrong with that, but some would say that there is more pride in coming from a struggling/poorer country. It's all good u were just making a joke as was I :)
SnackDaddy- August 25, 2011 at 6:59 am
Serves the fuckwit right. He should have thought before he spoke.
madcowboy- August 25, 2011 at 6:37 am
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madcowboy- August 25, 2011 at 6:34 am
Bottom line brother is I have lived and traveled in many countries in Europe and South America and I will take the USA out of all of them every damn time with all our problems we still got it the best and guess what we are by far one of the hardest working countries in the world per hours worked weekly and vacation weeks allowed. You go live in Brazil which is what we were discussing and I give you 6 months living as a typical local. Speaking of debt just about every country has that to thank to the idiot and corrupt politicians.
newotnek- August 25, 2011 at 5:31 am
Does anyone else look at this picture and see Ryan Reynolds starring in Chael Sonnen's straight to dvd video biography?
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- August 25, 2011 at 4:26 am
Where I'm from, you talk shit about someone and try to go to their's fightin' time....and if who you talked shit to was hundreds of thousands of brazilians, you're about to get your ass kicked......just saying
Todd M- August 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm
@ madcowboy, What have Americans go to be proud of lately, record debt, bringing peace to the world?
@ j-k-martin, So you live in a country that allows free speach. Shock.
Listen, Chael is hilarious but he talked some mad shit, The fact people are calling him on it or sponsors are reluctant to be associated with him is par for the course. Death threats are definately a step to far but lets say I talked shit about JFK, Babe Ruth and I dont know Pink or whoever else u worship, I'd know that at some point I gotta take my medicine
jibbo13- August 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm
anti-americanism results in wiki-leaks treatment yet it's okay to insult brazil? i'm irish so somewhat neutral but what the hell did brazil do except produce amazing fighters in the gracie's who did as more than anyone for the promotion of mma to "hardcore" mma fans which in turn spread by word of mouth to the in-betweeners like myself
XENOPHON- August 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm
@Shifty-Eyed Dog
Exactly! Fuck em!
Sonnen did not get convicted of a violent crime, and travel is part of his profession. I doubt they would deny him entrance.
Chael is the best shit talker ever, unfortunately for Okami he is gonna get punked 3 times. Once as he enters the ring, as he wakes up, and leaving the stadium. He can forget an ideas of having an after party.
nickyroose- August 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm
I hate Chae lbecause he's a classic white collar criminal slap on the wrist because he's ratting out his own mama. But this? This is bringing dickishness to a honest to god art form.
nickyroose- August 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm
*Begins slow clap for Chael
2DaDeath- August 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm
I get so fucking pissed off every time I read about this lying, cheating... You know what? Fuck that guy. He's not worth it.
j-k-martin- August 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Third world country doesn't allow freedom of
speech. Shock.
SouthpawGrammar- August 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm
LOL @ Brazil.

They must be pretty fucking bored besides murdering each other/praying to jesus
Deadpanda- August 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Honestly this pisses me off. I had a bet going with my friends about Sonnen starting a riot in Rio that would make England's riots look like a middle school tea party... now I lose de facto.
ghostboner- August 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm
That already happened. Perhaps y'alls remember a big pasty Russian fella named Ivan Drago? Hmmm??? And what, pray tell, happened to him? That's how we Murricans handle our bidnizz. Take a lesson Brazil.
shatterproof- August 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm
Point: Brazil.
RSparrow- August 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm
Stann would be waitin for that motherfucker at the airport, good point.
madcowboy- August 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm
Hey Vanilla,
We would just get an american to kick his arse in the ring and put a glove in his mouth. Not to mention we saved the world from Hitler... lmao
Vanillagorilla69- August 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Hold on guys...

So if some dude from say, Russia or Brazil was lobbing inflammatory
hate bombs on the states he wouldn't be in trouble coming over here?