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Sonnen Says He May Train with Okami and Belfort for Silva Rematch; Wants Shogun or GSP Next if He Wins


(Listen, Chael. If you get into trouble and you forget what to do, I’ve had instructions printed on your shorts and my shirt and hat.)

Number one UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen took part in a Q&A session today in Texas ahead of tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 22 and as expected, the outspoken Republican had a lot to say.

Perhaps most interesting of all of the comments made by Sonnen at the UFC Fight Club event were in regards to whom he might be training with for his  rematch with Silva, tentatively scheduled for UFC 125 on January 1, and whom he has in his crosshairs should he win the UFC middleweight strap this time around.

"I’d love it if Yushin [Okami] came out [to help me train for the rematch with Anderson]. I have a room in my house and I call it Yushin’s room and nobody’s allowed to go in it. I finished the place for him, I put a big bed in it and I got him his own television. Nobody gets to go in there but Okami. But, I don’t know [if he'll make it to Oregon for my camp]," Sonnen said. "I just talked to a gentleman from Japan on behalf of Yushin. He talked about coming out, but he said that because he and Vitor [Belfort] are going to fight in Germany, he’s very worried about jet lag from travelling from Tokyo to the States, to Germany. So I don’t know if we’re going to get him or not." 


Alternatively, or perhaps in addition to bringing in Okami, should the Japanese fighter make the trek to Oregon to train with Team Quest in the coming months, Sonnen says he would like to spend some time with another top UFC contender to round out his camp.

"Absolutely, [I would love to train with Vitor Belfort]. In fact, I was hoping to train with Vitor prior to the Anderson fight. We had talks back and forth and it ended up not working out. He was also just coming off, I believe what was a shoulder injury and I don’t know if he was in the full swing [of training yet]," Sonnen revealed. "I know he’s back to 100 percent now, so I would love to work with Vitor [for the rematch]."

When speaking of the upcoming Okami-Belfort tilt slated for UFC 122 November 13 in Germany, Sonnen said although he has tremendous respect for both fighters, he is picking "Thunder" in  the fight.

"I don’t think there’s anybody in the UFC who can beat Okami. I think he’s the best guy. He’s the last guy to beat Anderson," he pointed out. "I had a heck of a time with him, but I’m betting on Okami. But Vitor’s awesome. From a fan’s perspective — and I hate to compliment UFC fighters — but I really do like Vitor, so I’ll be tuning in [to their fight]."

When pressed by UFC play-by-play announcer, Mike Goldberg about what makes Okami so special, Sonnen pointed to a common denominator that has been a challenge for all of Yushin’s opponents.

"Yushin has floated under the radar for so long and he’s finally getting his dues. He is so doggone strong. Before I got ready to fight him, I asked around. Mike Swick had fought him and Rich Franklin had fought him and a bunch of guys had had their hands on him and every time I would ask about Okami, they would all go into great detail on how physically strong he was," Sonnen said. "Boy, they undersold it. He is so strong, [moving him is] like trying to move a tree. He came out to Oregon and we worked out every single day and all the guys from Team Quest, that’s all they left with: ‘He is so strong.’ He’s just a lot to deal with."

If all goes well and he solves the Silva puzzle on NewYear’s day, Sonnen, who later in the session mentioned, perhaps somewhat tongue-in-cheek that he would like to face UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, the silver-tongued wrestler named two other titleholders he has his eye on next.

"’GSP‘," he said without hesitation. "’GSP’ had better pray to heaven above that ‘Shogun‘ accepts my challenge, because one of those two guys is getting beat up [next].

Here’s the audio of the segment referenced above:

You can watch the entire session here.

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LET IT RAIN- September 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Hilarious! focus on your next fight fucker. you didn't win shit yet so stop talking like you're whooping anyone's ass. in case you forgot, you lost. you're a loser, not a champion. run and tell THAT, homeboy!
RwilsonR- September 15, 2010 at 10:13 am
I am starting to love Sonnen, as well. And I don't think he is calling out GSP because he wants to fight a smaller guy. He just named the top guys right now, and says he wants to fight them. And unlike someone like Bobby Lashley, I think Sonnen actually means it.
Kellenavalanche- September 15, 2010 at 9:18 am
This guy is my new favorite fighter. After he fights Anderson, if he fought GSP I think he could win. GSP couldn't lay on him for 3 rounds and that's all he has to offer. Sonnen vs Shogun would be an amazing fight, way more dangerous than Silva Sonnen. And stop with the crying of Chael calling out GSP, they are almost exactly the same size and Anderson and GSP fighting is what most people are salivating about so same thing.
BossNasty- September 15, 2010 at 7:43 am
@ArmFarmer

How do you make a fool of someone who beat you and still holds the belt? Yeah he worked Silva for 4 1/2 rounds but Silva looked like he didn't even fight that night and Sonnen looked like someone hit him with a bat. At the end of the day Sonnen got choked out. Great fight, No fools.
danomite- September 15, 2010 at 7:37 am
@armfarmer

The point is that GSP never called out a lightweight. If the UFC set him up against a guy who has fought at lightweight then there's nothing he can do about it, but he's never said to a guy who's smaller than him "hey, I could kick your little ass." That's why it's a bitch move by Chael. If you can't understand that, then sorry but I don't know how to explain it in any simpler terms for you. And enough with the GSP is a huge welterweight garbage. The guy is 5'10" and never gets heavier than around 190 lbs. 3 of the last 4 guys he's fought have been bigger than him so what does that make them? Gigantic welterweights? Humongous welterweights? Middleweights?
Joedirt- September 15, 2010 at 6:38 am
Funny... most bitch about Sonnen... I still like him. He's an ego trip but still respecting the other fighters... great character for the sport.... entertaining.
SammieBlack- September 15, 2010 at 6:01 am
He talks this much shit to everyone after a loss?.. imagine if he wins his next fight
ArmFarmer- September 15, 2010 at 5:03 am
The captions have gone downhill since ben left.. but this one is a win for sure. Well done on that one.

"are you sure he said GSP and not Jose Aldo or maybe Dominic Cruz? Who the fuck calls out someone in a lower weight class? That has to be one of the biggest bitch moves I've ever heard of."

Right, because gsp's never fought a lightweight. Not to mention the guy is a huge welterweight and has been unbeatable at that weight for quite a while, it's not like Chael's calling out nate diaz or anything.

@karmatemycat "their just dues"

And I'll agree, Sonnen is the shit lol. I can't get enough of this dude. Even if you didn't like him before, how can you not like a guy that trashes Anderson and then makes a fool of him in the cage on top of that.
ytrebil- September 15, 2010 at 1:35 am
lol karma. :)
KarmaAteMyCat- September 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm
Dear Chael,

The Triangle Chokes called and they want there just dues.

Sincerely
Karma
mattleung- September 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm
He wants a slumber party with Okami
Crackity Bones- September 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm
Yeah, in all honesty he's gonna lose, but Chael is most definitely The Man. And that's more than we can say for Silva.
Sakuraba3900- September 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm
Chael is the fuckin man.

Hes gonna lose again... BUT CHAEL IS THE FUCKIN MAN!!!!
Sakuraba3900- September 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Chael is the fuckin man
Shifty-Eyed Dog- September 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm
I like Chael more every time I hear him talk. He's fun, but he backs it up with great skill in the ring, too.
Arastmaus- September 14, 2010 at 6:18 pm
Chael... it's getting a bit tired, bro.
Art Gibs- September 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm
lol @ caption. nice job.
Kimbos Bread- September 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Pleeease, listening to him call out guys in the lower class is like hearing James Toney call out Chuck Liddell.

On a more realistic scenario...

I'd rather see Sonnen fight Belfort.

And rather than Highes vs Penn III, I'd rather see either of those guys face Jon Fitch.

Those would be good matches.
RwilsonR- September 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Great caption!

I don't know why everyone's all pissy about Chael calling out GSP. I think it is a compliment. Besides, he was pretty damn respectful the entire interview.
danomite- September 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm
instead of calling out people in other weight classes should he win, maybe chael should concentrate on, oh i don't know...defending his belt at least once?

and if chael wins against Anderson does that mean he gets an immediate rematch as well? if chael gets one for tapping out, then for sure anderson should get one for losing a decision or even for getting tapped/knocked out. under what scenario does chael win and we don't see 3 fights in a row between these two guys? god, the middleweight division is a disaster.

edit: that caption is hilarious.
Canadian Chronic- September 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm
he's an ass, but sure knows how to keep his name in the headlines
danomite- September 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm
are you sure he said GSP and not Jose Aldo or maybe Dominic Cruz? Who the fuck calls out someone in a lower weight class? That has to be one of the biggest bitch moves I've ever heard of.

Maybe I can get Anderson Silva to knock me out with an illegal strike then I could be chael's training partner for the next fight.
Art Vanderley Silva- September 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm
yeah, shogun. totally.
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