Ahead of their showdown in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, Chael Sonnen has made a very bold guarantee. That’s correct, Sonnen didn’t make any promises, he’s guaranteeing the outcome. The former UFC middleweight title challenger says he will absolutely knock out Quinton Jackson (aka Rampage Jackson) in their opening round tournament fight.
This outcome is particularly bold for someone like Sonnen who’s known for only wrestling with his opponents in the cage. Throughout his career he’s primarily used his high level takedowns, especially in the clinch, but never as someone with knockout ability. In fact, the last time Chael scored a knockout in MMA was back in 2004 when he defeated Justin Bailey by flying knee. It’s also the only KO of his mixed martial arts career.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson knows all too well that Sonnen is only looking to wrestle with him. Jackson has already been vocal in his displeasure with the matchmaking.
“I told my manager that I’m not looking forward to fight Chael Sonnen. I just fought a leg-humping wrestler. Why would I want to fight another fighter who is strictly known for wrestling?”
“Why would Bellator want to me against another wrestler right off the bat? Honestly, I would say that wouldn’t be a matchup I’d be looking forward to, and I would be upset coming into the Bellator contract fresh off the bat and them giving me a wrestler to be honest. Who wants to see me fight another wrestler, why wouldn’t a promoter have a guy like me who loves to stand and bang and have exciting fights, why would a promoter constantly want to keep putting me with wrestlers?”
That said, take a look at Chael Sonnen’s “IRON CLAD GUARANTEE” for his upcoming heavyweight fight against Rampage.
“No… PREDICTIONS No… PROMISES But instead An IRON-CLAD GUARANTEE. I WILL KNOCK OUT RAMPAGE.”
Check out his Twitter post below.
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) December 28, 2017
Bellator 192 goes down Jan. 20 in Inglewood, California. The card will feature the first fight of the tournament, as former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson goes toe-to-toe with former UFC competitor Chael Sonnen.