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Sonnen: “Don’t call the knee illegal, we would never appeal”

He may have lost his UFC middleweight title shot, but he is still staying busy thanks to his gift of gab. Chael Sonnen’s loss to Anderson Silva had many fans in an uproar over what looked to be an illegal knee to the head of a grounded opponent. During last nights UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman weigh-in show, Sonnen helped the broadcast team, while answering some of the lingering questions left from his bout, including how the knee from Silva really affected him.

“Well, listen. The knee really hurt. All those shots hurt. But here’s the reality — we don’t do instant replay in this sport, and we shouldn’t. It comes down to a judgement call, and wherever the referee says the knee landed, officially, that’s where the knee landed. That’s an excellent official, as they all are. He made his call, and that’s the way it goes, and I will never complain or look back.”

“Let’s make sure we don’t call it illegal. The referee’s judgement is what stands. I trust in that, and it works both ways. I’ve thrown knees before — the referee makes his decision. That is the decision we live with. We would never appeal it, except with these. If we had a chance to re-do it, well, that’s a different thing. But we would never go and appeal. The decision’s the decision, and part of competing is, you gotta know how to lose. It’s real easy to win, but you gotta know how to lose. Sometimes you gotta man up, swallow it and walk out.”

It looked to be a missed spinning back-fist that led to the slip, which gave Silva the opening to finish the bout in the second round. Sonnen attempts to explain what was going on in his head to go for the brash strike against the best striker in MMA.

“You know, I really wish that I knew and I don’t know. Listen, in fairness, had that landed, we’d all be talking about what a wonderful spinning punch it was. It didn’t, I fell down like a doofus, and I gotta live with it.”

Recent comments from Sonnen’s manager Neil Melanson seemed to insinuate that Sonnen had lost his drive and may be looking to hang it up shortly. Sonnen clarifies his assumed retirement.

“I don’t think any athlete should begin to talk like that or think about that until you let about 30 days go by. In anything in life, you don’t wanna make a decision based on emotion. You have highs and very big lows in this sport. You don’t wanna make any drastic decisions. I think that it’s also an insult to the fans when guys like to come out and say, ‘I’m retired!’ When what they really mean is, ‘I’ll see everybody in 18 months, because I’m coming back.’ I don’t wanna do that. But when I get to that point in my career, I’ll make a statement, and I’ll never look back.”

White had also came out publicly to let the press know that yes, Sonnen does in fact respect Silva after the loss, despite the bad blood. Sonnen admits and reiterates that he did in fact respect Silva’s ability to overcome adversity.

“You know, listen, it’s very rare, in a competition, where a guy will fall apart and come back in the same night. Generally, as athletes, when you fall apart, you gotta go re-group. You go back home, you take a few months off and you come back. In my firs fight with Anderson, he fell apart, and then, at some point, he decided, ‘You know what? I still think I can win this thing.’ I really admired that in him. I look up to that in an athlete. He does that. Randy Couture does that really well. Anderson did that in this fight a lot, too. In the first round, he offered very little resistance. He came back strong.”

Lastly, the rumor of Sonnen going to WWE has been circulating the net the last few days. The word from Sonnen himself is that he enjoys the WWE, but at the end of the day he is an employee of the UFC.

“Well, listen. I tried to go to the WWE. It’s in Vegas, on the 16th of this month, but I was leaving Vegas. I’d love to go to WWE. I’d love to get my popcorn. I’d cheer on CM Punk, but I go back to my promoter, Dana White, at the end of the night.”

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  • Words from a very honorable man right there

  • In before the overly emotional keyboard warriors.

  • sonnen is really a good fighter, he just hype the fight. after the event , he and silva are friends now. hats off to sonnen and silva

  • Bik Brar says:

    If he was always like this, Sonnen would be tolerable at the very least. His little troll army is a different thing all together though. Uneducated wrestling fans who think they know MMA.

  • bik thinks he knows everything about every one of sonnen’s fans….ahahahahaha, typical of the dipshit dumbasses that infest this world…while im not a sonnen fan, overall, sonnen definitely made sure to get silva in the fight because silva was too afraid to take the rematch….

  • I wouldn’t have expected this from Chael, he took a beating like a man and didn’t make excuses for his loss. Hats off to him.

  • Bik Brar says:

    Brian, Anderson wasn’t afraid of Sonnen. It’s more like he knew he didn’t deserve the rematch. Sonnen talked his way into the first fight. Then he cheated and still couldn’t beat an injured Silva. If you were Anderson, would you think he deserves a rematch. Their first fight was a fluke. Whereas their second fight fits in with all of Anderson’s other fights. One thing you’ve shown me Brian is that you don’t have to be a Sonnen fan to be uneducated. Thanks for that dude.

  • Bik Brar have you happened to see all the uneducated Silva trolls on Chaels page lol your comment is now invalid

  • Bik Brar says:

    Dave, they’ve been trolling for 2 years and they can’t take a few days of their own medicine? I didn’t know trolls were so sensitive. Oh well payback is a bitch.

  • Sonnen out struck silva 72 to 2 in the first round, slipped and got ko’d by a knee, hardly an ass whooping.

  • Pardon? I do believe “I see the pot calling the kettle black” (old figure of speech right there) lol If you were not so sensitive about this topic as well Bik Brar (Silva Troll 😉 You would not be here yourself. Again that ends my debating for today, things to be done. Good day gents.

  • Bik Brar says:

    Actually it was all those Sonnen fan comments over the years that lead me to realize that most don’t know what they are talking about. It made me laugh cause I knew the truth. What I’m doing know is more of a “I told you so” kinda thing. I’m not butthurt, nor have I ever been. Anderson won both fight, I have no reason to be mad. I don’t need to come up with foolish excuses. Excuses that Sonnen himself disagrees with. You on the other hand, seem like a classic Sonnen Fan though…….throw in you’re two cents then run away.

  • Anderson deserves what he gets, class is something he will never have.

  • Oh wow Bik Brar I just had to come back after seeing this comment on my mobile lol you have escalated to the ranks of “Keyboard Commando” calling me out. You’re moving up in the world, good for you mate. Chael is defending his company and he is not arguing the decision because in his mind he knows he gave his 100%… He knows where he stands. On a side note thank you for allowing us to see your transition from troll to commando it’s been amusing, to say the least…

  • Bik Brar says:

    Sonnen quit in the Second. Just like he quit in the fifth. Its not like it was a close decision in either fight. He was finished both times. He doesn’t have the heart or instinct of a true Champ.

  • Are you kidding me? Sonnen didn’t deserve the rematch? I don’t even know how to respond to that…..4 1/2 rounds of total domination and getting caught in a triangle by a champion who was never close to being beaten ALWAYS deserves a rematch. What a moron….

  • Bik Brar says:

    Rick, are you telling me that every guy who was winning a fight but got finished deserved and got a rematch? I’m not talking decisions, I’m mean submitted, tko or ko? What makes Chael different? Is it his 6-5 record? Also, why do you leave out the part where Sonnen was caught cheating in that fight?

  • Silva has never produced any doctor’s note’s or statement’s for his so called rib injury. If u listen to his corner men in between round’s in the first fight there is absolutely no mention of it. FACT. While silva is the greatest middle weight of his time he know’s that he’s on borrowed time. Chael beat him up for nearly all of there first fight and got caught in there second bout. SHIT HAPPEN’S. I’m a huge silva and sonnen fan so this is coming from someone dat’s lookin at it from both side’s and not just one sided…..!

  • Bik Brar says:

    Steve, it’s not unheard of for fighters to hide their injures before a fight. Especially before the UFC got insurance. If you don’t fight you don’t get paid. Also he could have cracked it and then further injured it in the fight.

    But let’s say what you are saying is true and there was no rib injury. How about looking at it this way. If you look at all of Anderson’s fights in the UFC (including the last one with Chael). Only one stands out. In one fight he was not himself. Logically it makes more sense that Anderson was injured in some way than it does that Sonnen is the better fighter. Especially since his last fight was against Chael and the outcome was exactly how a Silva fight typically goes down.

  • Lmao. . Oh please. If he hadn’t have caught him with that knee after a slip then it would have been the same as the first fight only without the triangle and chael gettin the win. PERIOD. Of course he’s gonna say he was injured when he got picked apart for 5 round’s. Face fact’s man chael has the answer to d silva puzzle that NOBODY has been able to figure out for year’s. And you guy’s that call yourself’s sport’s fan hate on him for doing just that. If your going to debate somethin at least look at it from both side’s and no just pro silva.

  • Bik Brar says:

    Steve, if Sonnen had what it takes to beat Silva he would have. Instead, he was finished both times. That is a FACT that you can’t argue with. You’re taking one freak incident that Chael couldn’t even duplicate, and instead of taking it for what it is. You’re building this myth about Sonnen that can’t be back up by any other proof. Show my proof of his other Championship performances in the UFC? And don’t say Stann. The UFC fed Stann ( a striker with low level wrestling and BJJ) to Sonnen (a highly specialized wrestler) Everybody has a bad day, but in your opinion Anderson isn’t allowed to? And you’re saying I’m being biased.
    As for the knee……it was in fact because Silva is a Champion that he caught him with it. He’s the greatest striker in the UFC because he capitalizes on the errors of his opponents. This is backed up by his fights if you need proof. Not all fighters would have gone for that knee.

  • Gary Woods says:

    There is a big know it all here y’all … Ricky Bobby would take Silva down !!!!

  • Eric witt is dumb Anderson has more class then almost any fighter out there I got to train with him one time great person to be around …i bet you look up to someone like cheal he has no class talking crap about other ppl familys saying he is the champ he tapout how can anyone look up to him all he is .is just another wwe wrestler I bet we see him there soon

  • So yes silva has all these spectacular finishes and is with out doubt a amazin striker. Are your REALLY tryin to tell me that silva didn’t get his ass handed to him in the first fight bar chael gettin caught in dat triangle. What fight were u watchin.??? SERIOUSLY DUDE..! I think u need to calm down on whatever da f**k your takin cause it’s makin you see all kind’s of shit. 😛 somebody take the battery’s outa this guy before he does himself a injury. BEST LAUGH I’VE HAD ALL DAY. Cheer’s for that bik. ;-D

  • Bik Brar says:

    Steve, I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying Anderson wasn’t 100% in their first fight and Chael cheated which produced abnormal results. The second time they fought. Anderson was 100% and Chael didn’t cheat and the results were as expected. What I am also saying is that Sonnen is a mid level fighter who had a good night (while cheating, I don’t know why you keep overlooking that fact) and that is all. His record backs up my statement. Give me something to back up your opinion that their first fight wasn’t a fluke? And I’ll ask you, are you trying to tell me that Silva isn’t 2-0 against Sonnen? Both of which were Clear cut finishes.

  • No fighter ever goes into a fight 100%. And like i said already we have yet to see proof of this injury. And what about silva tryin to grease himself cause he knew he couldn’t stop the take down’s injured or healthy. And what about him holdin the short’s too in the second fight. And i’m the one over lookin things eh. Lmao. Go watch the replay dude of both fight’s and watch both fighter’s game and not just one. Anyway i gotta go BIK. Some of us have life’s other than our keyboard’s. 😉

  • tmuas says:

    i agree with bik brar

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