UFC middleweight number one contender, Chael Sonnen has taken his trash-talking to another level this week, targeting heavyweight boxing legend, Mike Tyson and labelling the “Iron” one as a fake champion… something he doesn’t want to be remembered as if he walks away with the gold from UFC 148.
Speaking via the LA Times, Sonnen quipped:
“I don’t want to be protected and remembered as a fake champion like Mike Tyson, who was called the best, even though he couldn’t beat either Evander Holyfield or Lennox Lewis. I don’t want to be the chosen child. I don’t need my name in lights. I need a competition. If there’s one thing I don’t like in life, it’s bullies. I was picked on as a kid. The UFC can give me anyone they want. I will stand or fail on my own … If I was a bully or a coward, I could’ve been undefeated. I fought the No. 1 guy in the world six times. I’ve fought 14 guys in the top 10, and beat 12 of them. If you want to take an easy path, you can. They do that in boxing, which is a phony sport, because they keep the best guys away from each other. I’m not a bully who picks on people I know I can beat, like Anderson has done.”
UFC 148 takes place July 7th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Main-card fights, including Silva vs. Sonnen II, air live on pay-per-view while preliminary-card fights air on FX. The headliner is considered one of the most-anticipated rematches in the history of the UFC.