As “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen’s NSAC suspension ends this July, he insists he’s still retired, but said he would love to kick GSP’s ass.
[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]A[/mks_dropcap]fter failing a couple of drug tests back in 2014, former UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. His apparent farewell fight was a first-round TKO loss at UFC 167 against Rashad Evans.
This unmemorable exit might just be a thing of the past because Sonnen’s suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission ends this July.
Although Sonnen insists time and again that he’s hung up his gloves, that wasn’t entirely the case during his interview in MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Chael P. came in typical “American Gangster” fashion and enumerated those fighters he wants to face. One of the first names on his hit list is Georges St. Pierre, arguably the best MMA fighter of all time.
“I would love to kick Georges’ ass,” said Chael Sonnen.
There’s no lingering animosity between the two, but a highly competitive encounter inside a gym in Los Angeles lit Sonnen’s fire after they met.
Sonnen recalled, “I was in LA and I said yeah, and he (Kenny Florian) goes, ‘okay, well Georges (St. Pierre) is in town. Do you want to work out with Georges?’ And I said yeah. So we go to this gym.”
He continued, “We went hard. I think I could’ve gone harder, but we went hard, and I came in second. And it drove me nuts, man. It drove me nuts. But I really think I could’ve done better. It was close. It was fine. If you ask him, he might try to put me over. I’m not trying to put him over right now, I’m just telling you what happened.”
Both fighters exited the sport in 2013, but speculations about their potential return are very much alive. If and when St.Pierre and Sonnen fight each other this year, it’s easily one of the top-earning cards of 2016 or perhaps in the organization’s history.
“Everyone would watch that,” Sonnen mentioned. “…I’m not trying to hype a fight with Georges here. I’m just saying. But yes, as far as a fight, if you’re just looking at what could sell tickets, yeah man.”
In the course of Chael Sonnen’s career, The 38-year-old had the most heated rivalry against former middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Of course, the NCAA Division I wrestler never lets go of an opportunity to take shots at his archenemy.
“It’d be real hard to not go in and whip Anderson’s ass a third time,” said Sonnen. “Anderson was never a hard fight for me. It was hard to get my hand raised. That son of a b*tch always knew how to get his hand raised, but I whipped that guy, man.”
As far as renowned fighters en route to a comeback are concerned, the road has never been friendly. Just recently, BJ Penn was forced to withdraw from UFC 199 after a USADA violation. Anderson Silva, once pound-for-pound king, never got his groove back after his KO loss and horrific leg injury both against Chris Weidman. Silva lost to a decision against current title contender Michael Bisping.
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