Chael Sonnen uppskattar UFC-mellanviktsmästaren Israel Adesanyas hånfulla gest mot Alex Pereiras son.

Chael Sonnen gillar Israel Adesanyas övergång till ”skurk”

Chael Sonnen har endast hyllningsord till den nygamle mästaren Adesanya. Efter att just knockat Alex Pereira valde Adesanya att gestalta en avrättning via pilbåge mot brassen och efter detta gick han fram till den delen av buren där Pereiras son stod för att håna denne. Adesanya försvarade efteråt agerandet med att han är ”småsint”.

Även om nigerianen blev sågad för agerandet så tyckte MMA-experten Sonnen om det. Han sade följande under gårdagens The MMA Hour:

Just, that’s really good stuff right there. I mean, he was owed it. That was good stuff. Not to mention, I think the young man is still a minor. I think he was about six at the time of that kickboxing video. It’s been about [six] years. I think he’s six.

No, it’s a big deal though. If you do it to an adult, it’s a little different. If you do it to a minor — I just thought it was great. I really did.

Som ev sportens stora ”skurkar” så hyllade Adesanyas val att bli skurken inom mellanvikt:

I think he went heel — and it’s a big deal. If he has gone heel, it matters. And the reason I say that is when they throw to them backstage and Izzy’s trying to cheer up what’s-his-name, and Izzy is telling him, ‘Hey, great job, you’ll always be a champion to me,’ and then he goes into a post-fight press conference, he says, ‘Everything is square in the world.

Forget that he beat me three times and took everything I wanted and ran me out of a sport and beat me in front of the world, Madison Square Garden. I’ve won this one time.

Jämför Adesanya med Tito Ortiz

Sonnen såg en parallell mellan Adesanyas rivalitet med Pereira och den som Chuck Liddell hade med Tito Ortiz:

The only time I’ve ever seen that — and it was embarrassing the first time — is when Chuck [Liddell] lost to Tito [Ortiz], and Tito, who’d been cleaned up, lost his belt, lost his fame, lost his money, lost his position in the company, goes over to some show that nobody watched, lands a shot on a guy that’s 48 years old, and then tells you, ‘Well, everything’s good.’

Well, no, it’s not good. Chuck is way ahead of you. He’s millions ahead of you. He’s fights, he’s experience, he’s opportunities, public perception ahead of you. He took all these things.

So I saw Tito do that, and now I come back to Adesanya — Adesanya tried to act like we’re square. He ran you out of a sport. He chased you down in this one. He beat you at the Mecca. Not for nothing, but you’re not square — unless you’re a heel.

Även om det nu står 1-3 mellan honom och Pereira totalt inom både kickboxning och MMA så säger Adesanya att matcherna mot brassen nu är ett avslutat kapitel. Han har nu siktet inställt på den 6:e rankade Dricus du Plessis som han har en dispyt med.

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