Chael Sonnen warns of possible ‘screw job’ if Conor McGregor is involved in Khabib-Ferguson plans


Chael Sonnen is wary of the UFC’s potential plans for light stars Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor.

No stranger to promotional policy itself, Sonnen wondered how McGregor’s influence could affect a new booking of the long-awaited (and still never realized) Nurmagomedov-Ferguson showdown. After all, Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have to fight five times with the bout failed each time, while McGregor has long been one of the most reliable draws in the UFC in terms of box office draw and availability.

In a recent appearance on Submission radio, Sonnen was asked to say how much he thought the UFC was determined to book a successful rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor, and whether it would be better for McGregor to end his trilogy with Nate Diaz instead. In Sonnen’s view, any course of action that pushes McGregor ahead of Ferguson in the contenders line is unfair to Ferguson.

“I think this is the perfect time for that [Nate Diaz Trilogy fight]Said Sonnen (transcribed via Denis Shkuratov). “And look, I know all that has been said is that we’re going to keep Conor on the ice and we’re going to put him against Khabib-Khabib-Tony winner in September. But of course, it was to believe that Khabib was going to win.

“You have to understand, if this is still the plan, then that means that we are preparing to pull the bolt on Tony a second time. They promised Tony an interim title fight for the second time. The first time he did it. He never lost it. And all of a sudden, that belt disappeared. As fans, we cannot allow this to happen. If Tony gets out of this thing, Tony has to fight Khabib. And if at some point they try to slip into Conor, which is likely, perhaps unlikely, but possible, it means we fucked up Tony a second time. We cannot let this happen. ”

Nurmagomedov and Ferguson most recently had to fight during an April 18 show, originally billed as UFC 249, but travel restrictions for COVID-19 left Nurmagomedov stuck in Russia after returning home when it became difficult to know where this event was going to take place. It would ultimately be pushed back.

An interim lightweight title fight has been announced for UFC 249, with Justin Gaethje intervening on short notice to face Ferguson, and the match has now been moved to May 9. Even with their original date missing, Ferguson still gained weight on April 17, a move that raised eyebrows even taking into account Ferguson’s typically intense behavior.

Sonnen isn’t sure what to think about Ferguson’s weight reduction so far before his fight, but doesn’t rule out the possibility that it will actually be beneficial.

“I think this is a fair topic for discussion,” said Sonnen. “Now, how should we interpret this in advance? Look, this is an experience, okay? No one knows, pulling down and pulling your body then two weeks later, is it useful? Are we all going to look back and say, “Wow, should we do that? We shouldn’t impose ourselves in the last 48 hours you are hanging out there 24 hours later, we should do it over a longer period. »Are we going to find? I do not know.

“I’m just going to remind you, Tony is a wrestler. Tony, in fact, won a national championship in university wrestling. In university wrestling, you will have 30 games in the season and you will have 16 weigh-ins one week apart. So this is nothing new for Tony. People made a big deal in which he weighed and two weeks later he must weigh again. He grew up weighing every Saturday morning. So, never once in his wrestling career, no wrestler has ever looked back and said, “Well, you know, I had a bad night tonight, but I think it’s because I weighed in last week. One has nothing to do with the other. ”

As for the match itself, Sonnen believes Ferguson would have had a clear advantage if he and Gaethje had met on April 18, as Gaethje’s time to prepare for that date is limited. Now taking place in May, “The Highlight” presents an even more intriguing challenge to Ferguson’s 12-game winning streak.

Well, let’s go back, if it was two weeks ago as it was supposed to be, Tony Ferguson [wins], nothing to do here, “said Sonnen. “It’s totally different, Gaethje getting three more weeks. It’s totally different. Three of these weeks, two of which will be devoted to intensive training. It will decrease last week, but so will Tony. You give a guy two weeks, and two may not seem like much, but I’m telling you, you can get in shape in two weeks. And Tony had already had three. Now, three is not quite enough for five rounds. Three isn’t quite enough for everything, but it’s still not a terrible place. Two more weeks change this fight.

“Now, if you want a prediction, I’m still leaning towards Tony, but I think that instead of being two rounds of pleasure, you’re now looking more closely at four rounds of pleasure. I prefer it as a fan. I prefer that we have a little more time for these guys. “

Watch Sonnen’s full appearance on Submission radio below:


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here