There are a few different facets to the persona of UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen. One is his excellent work as an analyst for UFC shows. Another is his online presence as a needler, as seen by his tweets about Antonio Rogerio Nogueira recently. And there's promotional hyperbole Chael, evident in his lead up to the Anderson Silva fights. But then there's the honest, insightful Sonnen that does his fair share of interviews that offer a lot of insight. One of the latter interviews was conducted yesterday on Tapout Radio, and Chael discussed a few important topics.
The main topic of conversation was his upcoming UFC 167 bout with Rashad Evans. Despite this being a very high-profile bout between two of the UFC's best draws, the bout has flown under the radar. Chael gives his reasons why he thinks that's the case:
You know, I'm on the card and I'm a huge fan, but outside of my fight and (George) St-Pierre's, I don't know who else is fighting that night. The card as a whole has not been promoted. I think when you have Georges St. Pierre on a card, then at times they view that as enough, and it appears that's the case. There's another storyline here as well, that this is the 20th anniversary event of the UFC, so that's also been taking some headlines. But I agree. I saw a commercial, I saw the poster, and Rashad and I weren't on either. So, that's up to them. They handle that part, I handle the fight.
He then goes on to talk about Evans:
I think we're very similar. I've always been impressed with Rashad. I cheer for him in so many different matches, I never saw this fight as taking place because we were in different weight classes. So, yeah, he's good. He's really, really good. Not only is a world champion, he's fought six world champions and stopped them all. And he beat the guys from the last generation. He's one of the only guys from our era that the guys from the last era, from the Tito's to the Chuck Liddell's. So I've got no complaints with the way he fights. I think I can beat him, but I really don't know how.
He's asked about a comment he made a few days ago regarding possibly asking former opponent Anderson Silva to come in and guest coach on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 with him:
I talked with Ed Soares, and we got held up. He was out in Iowa doing something and we have not connected. But Anderson will be invited.
And finally, he named his coaching staff for the show:
I have my staff, it's set. The gentlemen I'm with everyday, my real team will be coming out. The same gentlemen that I coached on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter with. Head coach will be Clayton Hires. Will be joined by Scott McQuarry, Jamie Huey, and Vinny Magalhaes.
Sonnen and Evans will compete in the co-main event of the November 16th card in Las Vegas. The main event will see St-Pierre defend his UFC welterweight title against Johny Hendricks.