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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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