Chael Sonnen recently took to Submission Radio to call out Conor McGregor and José Aldo, but he also had a few bombs to drop on Ronda Rousey as well. He then decided to just blast every Hollywood fighting-type essentially calling them all frauds.
The commentary may or may not be unfounded, but either way it's definitely pretty entertaining. Here's the video for those of you who haven't yet seen/heard it:
Sonnen isn't feeling the Ronda Rousey hype
He essentially thinks Rousey is overrated. Here's what he had to say about her...
"So here’s the deal with Ronda. Ronda goes out, she’s in a division that if you wanna be, you know, if you’re a top 15 fighter at any point in your life, that’s a lifetime achievement. You can go and tell your grandkids about that, that your granddad was top 15 in the world. That’s a really exciting thing."
He challenged the competitiveness of that division of fighting, saying that Rousey got to this supreme level of fame undeservingly:
"In that division, if you wanna be top 15, all you have to do is make the weight class and raise your hand. There are not 15 girls on planet earth that are fighting. It’s a really rare thing."
Yeah, yeah. Then it took a turn for the worse when he kind of blasted all women fighters? Is that what this is...?
He also took on women fighting in general
These comments on women's fighting were a little bit harsh.
"So the division, you know, when a division sucks and you’re an analyst and you wanna be respected in the sport, you can’t come out and say a division sucks. It doesn’t sound right, particularly when you talk about women. So you have to change your words and say 'well the division is developing'. So gentlemen, I will say to you now... the division is developing."
He then adds,
"So when you have a developing division, somebody’s going to take it over. So Ronda took it over. And good for her. But the reality is, that’s what it is, it’s a developing division."
'Bruce Lee was a wimp'
He even went on to call Bruce Lee a wimp. He blames Los Angeles for hyping fighters up who aren't even actually that good.
"Now, anybody that is created by the media has one thing in common and that is Los Angles, California. I’ll explain. Bruce lee, who everybody covets as this wonderful fighter. Bruce Lee was a wimp. Bruce Lee couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag."
Here's where he got into that whole LA-is-soft argument:
"But he lived in Los Angles, California, so he was able to bring people that were in the media: producers, directors, future actors. He took them in their backyard, he kicked their ass, he was a wimp. But he found people who were wimpier than he was and eventually they got to media outlets and TV and movies and they all spread the legend of Bruce Lee. So good for him."
The man hates Hollywood and it's influence on fighting culture
But he wasn't done. Oh, no, not at all. He took on Judo Gene LeBell as well...
"You know, there’s a guy named Judo Gene LeBell. I don’t want to tease Gene LeBell. He’s a thousand years old, but Gene LeBell has this huge myth around him that he was some kind of a tough guy. Gene LeBell in his prime could not make the varsity wrestling team at my local high school. But he lived in Los Angeles, California, so he’d bring guys into his garage and he’d put them in armbars and chokeholds. And again, Gene LeBell was a wimp but the guys that he beat up were bigger wimps, and they went on to make it in TV and movies and they went and spread the legend."
He came across as salty when going down a laundry list of names of people who are infinitely more famous than he is..
"And that’s the way it goes. I mean, you could keep going down the list. Steven Segal, all these myths - Van Damme. All these guys that suck, they all had one thing in common. That was Los Angeles, California. So Ronda lived in Los Angeles, California - that’s where she lives right now - so she can get major media outlets and major people that are famous and have a voice, you know, to go out and perpetuate things."
Ronda is okay, I guess...
He did admit she's a decent figher, though.
"Look, she’s a solid, durable fighter, but the truth on Judo, guys, is Judo has never had a level of effectiveness in MMA. There’s never been a Judo champion in the history of the UFC. There’s never been anybody even close. There’s never been somebody that fought for the title that was a Judo practitioner. There was never anybody in an elimination fight that was a Judo practitioner. It’s a terrible, ineffective form of combat, and if you knew the history of Judo you’d lose all your respect for it. I’ll tell you it real quick if you want it, but Judo is very ineffective. So you have Ronda, that’s a really good competitor, but she comes from a sport that’s just not very effective.
Do you agree with this man?
(Via: Bloody Elbow)