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The “Chael Effect”: Why You Don’t Want to Defeat The American Gangster

Iain MacMillan

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Even while in retirement, one of MMA’s biggest personalities is making a splash across the combat sports world. During his Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on March 29th, Chael Sonnen was asked who he thought will win the highly anticipated matchup between Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson, to which he replied: “Won’t Happen. Mark my words.” While it was never confirmed what exactly Sonnen was referring to, he made it pretty clear he believed that the fight would never come to fruition. Many people had forgotten his comment until a few days ago, when Jon Jones was allegedly involved in a hit & run which resulted in his arrest and, subsequently, the cancellation of the bout vs. Anthony Johnson. Sonnen quickly took to twitter a few hours after the news broke to remind people of his prophecy by simply tweeting two words: “Told Ya”.

With the impressive prediction catching the attention of combat sports fans everywhere, its interesting to look back at the recent opponents of “The American Gangster”, especially when you see a certain trend…

The last three opponents who have defeated Chael Sonnen:

Anderson Silva:
After defeating Sonnen for the 2nd time, Anderson Silva has had a rough couple of years. In his first title defense since Sonnen, Silva was on the wrong end of possibly the greatest upset in UFC history as the left hook of Chris Weidman connected on the chin of a gloating Anderson Silva. Things didn’t get better for the Brazilian after that, as his leg snapped in half in gruesome fashion later that year during their rematch. Then when things were finally looking up for Silva after a Unanimous Decision win in his return vs. Nick Diaz, the long time middleweight champ tested positive for anabolic steroids and is facing a hefty suspension from the commission.

Rashad Evans:
In Chaels (presumably) last fight in MMA ever, “Suga” Rashad Evans made quick work of the “American Gangster” by TKO’ing him in the first round of their contest at UFC 167. Since then, Evans has faced injury after injury, which has resulted in him not stepping in the octagon for a total of 530 days (and counting). A leg injury, a knee injury, and now knee surgery has caused the former light heavyweight champion to be sidelined ever since that fight against Sonnen back in 2013, and there are no signs of him returning for at least another 4 months.

Jon Jones:
The #1 pound for pound champion defeated Sonnen back in August of 2012 at UFC 159. The “Chael Effect” was in play while the fight was happening, as Jones suffered a nasty toe injury while in the process of finishing off Sonnen late in the first round. While this didn’t hold the champ back for long, as he made his return vs. Gustaffson in August of the same year, the curse of defeating Chael Sonnen was not through with him yet, as he was tested positive for cocaine and entered rehab in January of this year. Unfortunately for Jones, one night in rehab and minimal disciplinary consequences did not satisfy the Sonnen curse, and Chael all but buried him when he posted on reddit that Jones’ fight vs. Johnson would not happen. Sure enough, less than a month later Jones is involved in a hit & run that broke the arm of a pregnant woman. Jon Jones got his title stripped, sponsors lost, and indefinetly suspended from the sports premier promotion. While it would be impossible to say that Chael Sonnen foresaw the hit & run, he accepted praise on twitter and cashed in on the opportunity by selling limited edition “Chael Knows” t-shirts. As if the prediction by the Bad Boy himself wasn’t odd enough, the last name of the pregnant woman who’s arm Jones broke in the accident (which raised the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony)?: Sonnenberg.

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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