Chael Sonnen's self-called "Legend's A** Whipping Tour" continues on as he proceeds onward with his run in Bellator MMA.
Sonnen finished up his suspension from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition earlier this year and made his return to the cage against longtime rival Tito Ortiz back in January. He was finished in the first round via rear-naked choke. Sonnen returned to the Bellator cage in June against another longtime rival in Wanderlei Silva. Although it wasn't quite as exciting as fight fans would have liked, Sonnen would take home a unanimous decision win by utilizing his superior wrestling ability.
While Sonnen is one of few legends in the sport of MMA who continue to fight today, Chuck Liddell is one such legend that has been retired for several years now. In recent months, however, rumors have been circulating that the former light heavyweight champion is contemplating a return to action.
A name that has recently come out of Liddell's mouth for a potential opponent if he does decide to return is Sonnen. Liddell claimed that Sonnen could be a good warm up fight for him. "The Bad Guy" got the chance to respond to Liddell's comments on a recent episode of his podcast, "You're Welcome."
Sonnen claimed he'd fight Liddell any place and at anytime in a long tangent on his show (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I got called out on TMZ - I don’t know if it’s a call out but I’m using that term - by Chuck Liddell. He said, ‘Chael Sonnen would be a perfect warm up fight’ for his comeback.
"TMZ got ahold of me to respond. I never miss big media opportunities and TMZ is huge but this one I just sat it out. First time ever I’ve told TMZ I’m gonna pass on the interview because I didn’t know what to say and I still don’t, other than the truth: I will fight you right now Chuck.
"This was my idea. I’m the one that suggested you come in on my legends ass-whipping tour and be my crowning moment. That’s the truth. Chuck does not have a contract with any organization.
"Bellator would sign him and would make that fight and did sit down with him and told him that but he didn’t sign. Instead he went back to TMZ and pretended he wanted the fight.
“No problem if he’s using that as a negotiation tool. That is part of how the game is played and if enough people wanted to see it, it would be an effective tool. That’s kind of your measuring stick.
"When he can get publicity like TMZ, that’s a good sign for him but the bottom line is, he doesn’t have a contract. They offered him the fight and in fact, they offered it to him twice, in person. . . He didn’t take it.
“I just won a super-fight over the weekend against a three-time world champion meanwhile Chuck is walking around Beverly Hills with a haircut that looks like he lost a bet. What am I supposed to say?
"I can’t say yes any clearer. I don’t know how to speak any clearer than I am to you right now. I will fight Chuck right now. I will fight him next Saturday, the Saturday after that, the month after that, he can pick the day, he can pick the weight class, he can pick the rules, purse, anything.
"He’s said some stuff about ‘Chael just wants a big payday.’ My contract’s set. I’m getting a big payday either way...
“Chuck, the answer is yes. You’re the one that said no, you’re the one that said no a second time, you’re the one that’s pretending you want the fight.
"I’m fine with all of it but I don’t know what his endgame is. It’s not like he’s got sponsors so he’s trying to keep them out there. Who’s gonna sponsor him, some rehab clinic? It’s Chuck Liddell. This isn’t 1994 when the guy had a little bit of glory to his name.
“At the same time that [Chuck] didn’t say yes, he’s still in the gym training so I still believe there’s gonna be this Chuck comeback, I just don’t know where it’s gonna be. If it’s gonna be against me, it has to be in Bellator.
“The likely suspects for me: throw Fedor in there, throw Chuck in there, that’s the one I thought it was gonna be. I would like to fight Chuck, but the air has been taken out of my ball on that. I don’t believe that is going to happen.
"Then you’ve got Tito in there. Let’s just see what happens. It would be a lot shorter of a list if I told you who I didn’t want to fight.”
What are your thoughts on a possible match-up between Sonnen and Liddell? Who do you think would win in the possible match-up? Does Liddell still have what it takes to hang in the cage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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