Chael Sonnen has been mouthing off again leading up to his middleweight fight with division and pound for pound champion Anderson Silva. In his effort to promo the tilt, Sonnen has been: memorizing rap-type poetry; trying to sound clever like Ali; insulting Brazilian fans.
The problem with the American wrestler is: his last fight against Brit Michael Bisping was not inspiring; his prior loss to Anderson Silva via triangle choke in the fifth round----after winning all previous rounds---spoke volumes; Sonnen is not funny or clever like he thinks.
Sonnen's lack of cleverness was highlighted when he was disrespectting Silva at a fan Q & A. Someone in the audience asked Sonnen, "Did Silva's crotch smell good after five rounds?" The thing is, Ali's schtick never seemed contrived, but Sonnen's does. And Ali was a champion.
The fight with Silva, formerly scheduled for a soccer stadium in Brazil, has been moved to UFC 148 in Vegas.
Dutch K-1 champion and former #1 UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem got punted from his title fight with Junior dos Santos, because his testosterone levels were elevated to more than twice the accepted limit. Lately, his mouth is an excuse factory, but his claims haven’t an ounce of plausibility.
Overoid has had testing issues before, and knew there would be random spot checks. The ramifications to his career don't matter: he knew better and made choices. The issue is with the UFC. The promotion needs to hire an external company---an overseer--- to ensure athletes are in compliance with the rules. Failure to do so will result in further card changes, which is a nightmare for PPV buys and fans alike.
Overeem was overrated anyway.
After Jon ‘Bones’ Jones demolished #1 light heavyweight contender 'Suga' Rashad Evans, haters have called for his move to heavyweight. This is premature, since the champ walks around at 225-230, and has no problem cutting weight. Also, if Bones chose this route, he would need to gain weight slowly, naturally, in a non-Overeem way, something he could consider as he gets older. He’s only 24 now, and in spite of his dominance at LHW, it’s doubtful he’d outwrestle the biggest men now.
British Columbian Rory MacDonald made it onto Showdown Joe’s list of top ten welterweights with his choking out Che Mills at UFC 145. Every now and then, fans are treated to a fighter who has a sixth and seventh sense in the Octagon, a fighter who seems to view the fight in slow motion.
MacDonald’s fast punching combos are pinpoint accurate, and on the mat he is two or three steps ahead. BJ Penn was like that. You could watch a video of Penn's fights frame by frame and be mesmerized at the skill level---flying knees that landed perfectly, opponents that are baited into submissions or knockouts. Rory MacDonald has moments like that. It’s why he’s touted by many to be the next GSP or ‘Bones’ Jones.
JdS vs. Mir
With Overeem out, Junior dos Santos will now face a deserving Frank Mir, who had been scheduled to fight Cain Velasquez in an elimination bout. Velasquez was obliterated in just over a minute by a well timed, purposeful JdS right hand, ergo he doesn’t deserve such a fast re-entry. Mir’s last three fights were wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and a brutal submission against Big Nog.