Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell can’t stand people who trash talk in the great sport of MMA. So with Chael Sonnen being the example of how it’s done, “The Iceman” had a few words to say about Sonnen and his trash talking ways.
“Chael’s a nice guy. I’ve met him and hung out with him. I like him, and he’s a nice guy. I can’t stand the way he promotes fights,” Liddell recently told MMA Junkie.
“I understand what he’s doing; he wasn’t the most exciting fighter, so he made himself exciting by promoting the fight really well, and he got himself a couple of title shots for it. It works, but that whole crazy WWE-type stuff, that over-the-top stuff when you’re fighting a guy, doesn’t make sense to me, and I don’t like it.
Liddell went on to say: “But it is what it is. Some of the fans like it, and it gets people to watch fights, that’s fine…Some of the things he said, as far as I’m concerned, are over the line.
“Unless you’re known as an actor or being a WWE guy, you can get away with some of that stuff because everybody knows it’s fake.”
Since Sonnen has gone out of his way to get inside his opponent’s head, he has been on an up and down roller coaster ride. Since losing to Anderson Silva in their first fight back in 2010, Sonnen has a 3-3 record in his last six fights, two of those have been for gold.
Sonnen is set to face Wanderlei Silva on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175.