I’m getting into the last stretch of my training camp, so for my next few blogs, I’m just going to give a brief rundown of some news topics that have grabbed my attention recently. To be quite honest, I like this format a little better, as I can just read the headlines, and let my thoughts flow. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the simplicity of it, as well.
Chael Sonnen Coming Out of Retirement
To be honest, Chael and I have a very, very good relationship. Unfortunately, the persona that he puts out—he calls himself the “Bad Guy”—Chael Sonnen is anything but. I hate to break it to everybody, but he’s a very good guy. I like him a lot. He’s a gentleman and a decent person.
He made some dubious decisions regarding certain supplements during his career, but he’s paid for his mistakes, and I’m happy to see him back in action. I reached out to him with a congratulatory message and wished him all the best.
I think he’ll be able to pick up a belt over there pretty easily, especially if it’s at middleweight. I’m very happy for him and I wish him the best.
Mastering the Media
I don’t really consider myself a master of media. I know I’m a loudmouth, I always have been, but it’s not really a conscious effort. I think Conor is just being himself, much like I’m just being myself. The thing is, you can go out and market yourself, but if you don’t have the ability to come across with a kernel of genuine, honest-to-goodness YOU, you don’t come across as well.
I can think of a lot of guys that try to follow the same path, and they make their callouts, but there’s no entertainment. They’re just mimicking what they’ve seen. It’s easy to come out and be insulting—anybody can be insulting—but you’ve got to bring a bit of wit along with it. You’ve got to be clever with your insults. Anybody can be mean, but when you can add humor to your trash talk, then you’re on to something. There certainly is an art to it.
Let’s be honest, the fight that everyone really wants to see is Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez. You can’t deny that. Whether you’re a fan of Conor defending or not defending the 145 lb belt, the biggest fight is Eddie vs. Conor for the lightweight title. That will be a very fitting debut for Madison Square Garden.
Eddie Alvarez vs Khabib Nurmagomedov is probably a great stylistic fight to make at some point, but the star match-up, the draw, is Conor McGregor, and that’s what was needed for UFC 205. You can’t deny that, whether you like it or not, Conor is the Number 1 star in MMA.
They should absolutely bring in a 145 lb division. It’s unfortunate for Cyborg, because here’s a woman that’s doing everything she can to maximize her fighting career, and God bless her for being the Invicta champion, but that’s not going to set her up for retirement or anything like that. Being a star in the UFC, and the baddest woman on the planet, which she is, she can make some real money there and retire.
They’re allowing her to compete at 140, but even that is killing her. Our paths cross in the gym, of course, and I know she does everything in her power to keep her weight on point. She has a nutritionist living with her, preparing all the meals. She was running 10 miles a day—six in the morning and four in the evening—and then doing her training, as well.
If that’s not discipline, I don’t know what is. She’s dedicated, she’s passionate about her career, and it’s a shame she has to go to such extremes. She’s done it twice now, but it’s not good for her. It’s not good for anybody to do that, but she’s doing what she needs to do to make a living and to set herself up for the future. You’ve got to respect that.
She’s just a big girl, and she’s nearly killing herself. Jason Parillo told me some stories of when he was helping her get on weight, and she was on the verge of collapsing. That’s how hard it is for her to make weight.
The biggest fight out there for her is a bout with Ronda Rousey, and that would make for an immense pay-per-view, if not the biggest one ever, being the mega star that Ronda is, and the burgeoning star that Cris is. It would be incredible.