Multiple-time UFC pay-per-view headliner Chael Sonnen was a guest on ESPN radio yesterday and shared his thoughts on Ronda Rousey's epic loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. MMA Fighting transcribed some of the key quotes.
"When Dana White, our president, sinks his teeth into this and gets ready for a rematch, it's going to be huge," Sonnen said. "It just will. I don't think the reality of the outcome is going to be anything different than it was Saturday. That wasn't a close match. That wasn't a competitive match. That was a one-sided beating. But, as for the short term, they will do huge numbers for part two. Long term, every fighter's career comes to an end. We thought that Ronda's reign was going to be much longer than this.
"I think that when one star goes out, another one is born," Sonnen said. "I don't think that Holly Holm -- as great as she is physically -- I don't think she's going to be able to transcend cultures like Ronda did. Ronda was a very unique personality. She's very likeable, she's very marketable. She does and says the right things. Holly is just a really kind and sweet person that's a really good fighter. I think yeah, you are going to lose a little momentum.
"We had Brock Lesnar," he said. "He's a once-in-a-lifetime attraction and nobody has sold as well as Brock has. But boy, the company is still worth billions and billions of dollars, even without him."
Sonnen also heavily favors Holm in the rematch, calling the UFC 193 bout a "one-sided beating."