With the first round of the Bellator heavyweight tournament grand prix complete, Chael Sonnen is now set to face off against mixed martial arts legend Fedor Emelianenko. Now the former UFC competitor has come forward with some heated words concerning “The Last Emperor.”
Speaking on the latest edition of The MMA Hour, Chael Sonnen offered his thoughts on Emelianenko.
“I don’t know about the whole respect thing. He seems like a perfectly nice guy, I don’t think I would want to take anything from him, but it’s a gimmick, right? All the guys are working a gimmick. He found his gimmick. He found a little something with the respect and the humbleness and looking like Dumpy Dwarf getting interviewed by his translator Snow White there.
“That’s good for some people. It doesn’t do a damn thing for me. I’m not impressed by it, I don’t fall for it. At the end of the day, behind that little frumpy look on his face and the little doughy bald head is a dirty, rotten cage fighter just like me.”
“You bring up his Japan record, I don’t give a damn about that, either. Those fights were fixed over there. Does that mean they all were or all of his, I don’t even know why we go down that road. If you’ve got a promoter that’s fixing fights, the whole thing is tarnished and his whole thing is tarnished. It only counts what he did in North America and if he can get over on me, it’ll be the staple in his hat. Because he’s never fought anybody like me before.”