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Chael Sonnen returns to the UFC this Saturday night after an eventful stay in the WEC. After outpointing a seemingly confused Paulo Filho in his last WEC bout, Sonnen now takes on submissions ace Demian Maia at UFC 95, in a fight Sonnen swears will determine who the world’s best middleweight is. That other guy, the one wearing the belt? He’s not bad either, according to Sonnen, but whoever wins this fight is the real top dog. At least, that’s the story Sonnen’s telling in our exclusive talk with him, which is sometimes surprising, but never boring.
CagePotato.com: Thanks for talking with me, Chael. What’s it like to come back to the UFC again? Does it feel like it did the first time you fought in the big show?
No, it doesn’t, and thank goodness. The first time I was in the UFC I really felt that weight on me, and I think it had a negative effect. It was exciting, but I think in a negative way. It might have created an atmosphere that made me a little apprehensive, but it’s not like that this time, and I’m very glad.
Leaving the WEC as you did after that strange fight with Paulo Filho, do you feel like you went out on a bad note?