FC 159 is over and the press conference has yielded a few interesting tidbits. Chael Sonnen spoke to the media at length following his loss to Jon Jones. While much of it was focused on his love for the sport, and desire to stay connected to it through a variety of avenues, he also had a few choice words concerning his performance and why it was probably the last of his career.
Here's is response when asked what's next for him:
"What am I going to do? I'm terrible. What are you going to do? Put me against Wanderlei Silva? There's nothing for me to do around here."
He also spoke about Jones' performance in the fight:
"I don't think I've been taken down three times in my career. He took me down three times in one round."
More on Jones' performance and how it stacks up to Anderson Silva:
"He's a lot better than I thought he was. To beat a guy is one thing, to beat him at his own game is something else. He is the best fighter I've ever fought. I don't want to disparage Anderson. I whipped him for 30 minutes he whipped me for less than 30 seconds. I whipped Jon for zero seconds. He's the better fighter."
And finally about the potential of getting a rematch:
"I think I answered my questions out there tonight."
I'd say it's surprising, but honestly this is the kind of post fight candor I've come to expect from Sonnen, and it's a welcome diversion from his promo antics. He spoke about his interest in sticking with the commentary side of things, and he's been a great media guy in the pre/post fight UFC shows on Fuel. He also had great things to say bout coaching on the Ultimate Fighter, calling it his "best experience in the sport."
As many expected it appears this was the swan song of Sonnen's career. Maybe the itch to fight will be too strong and he'll get back out there in a year, but I wouldn't be surprised if this was his last fight.