Kizer says UFC 'verified with Chael' that Sonnen did not have surgery prior to UFC 167

Rest easy, this was not a man walking to the cage a day after colon surgery - Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

Rumors of Chael Sonnen having colon surgery the day before his UFC 167 thrashing at the hands of Rashad Evans appear to be completely manufactured.

Canadian sporting news outlet TSN released a teaser of an upcoming interview with Chael Sonnen yesterday along with an article headlined "Sonnen confirms he had colon surgery prior to UFC 167." The article caused the sort of reaction one would expect across the MMA landscape. Either Sonnen was lying to set up a sort of excuse for his lopsided loss to Rashad Evans -- the fourth time Chael had been stopped in his last seven fights -- or he was incredibly tough for sticking to the fight, though there are obvious safety concerns that would have to be addressed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

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There was, however, a third option. That TSN had engaged in spectacularly shoddy journalism.

That did seem to be a likely possibility when the article suddenly had it's headline changed to "Source: Sonnen had colon surgery prior to UFC 167."

Deadspin reached out to NSAC executive director Keith Kizer and Kizer responded last night with the following statement:

I checked with the UFC. They verified with Chael and his team that he did not have any surgery prior to the Rashad Evans fight. According to Chael, the interviewer asked him a question and Chael, coyly, didn't answer him directly as the article clearly states, and the interviewer inferred that the answer to his question was in the affirmative.

What TSN did was inexcusable as far as reporting something being said that was not -- a simple "Sonnen does not deny report of colon surgery prior to UFC 167" would have generated the same buzz while being an honest representation of the interview. But I'll never understand Sonnen's desire to bullshit every chance possible.

Assuming that there isn't some sort of double secret surgery that took place -- and one wouldn't expect the man to have looked as good as he did on the scales at the weigh in right after colon surgery -- why be "coy" about the question? It's the same as all of the "I never signed a contract to fight Anderson Silva" stuff that was plainly and provably false. Just saying things to sound good in the media seems like a fool's game. But give the way a huge portion of the media and fanbase eats it up, at least he's not playing alone.

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