Chael Sonnen may not think much of Oscar De La Hoya as an MMA Promoter, but the current ESPN analyst was complementary of the Golden Boy MMA I event last Saturday night in Los Angeles.
“The card was not loaded, we knew that, we knew these things going in,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel.
“It was more that we got what we expected to get.”
Giving credit to Deron Winn’s ability, and the crowd size and engagement, Sonnen was not afraid to applaud some aspects of the event, but when the main event hit, Sonnen would get critical.
“One of the first guys I’ve ever seen limp to the ring,” Sonnen said of Liddell’s ring walk. “Something seems amiss here.”
Sonnen said the “nicest” thing he could say about both fighters was that they both looked in great physical shape, but from there it was not great.
“I don’t know if we should be surprised. Chuck did not leave this sport on his own eight years ago, Chuck was forced out of the sport. He was not a very dangerous athlete when he left. We do not get better at something by not doing it. So, eight years later to make believe that a guy is going to come in as good as he was when he left, or better, which is only in make believe land… With absolutely training footage… Not only did we never see any sparring, we never heard rumors of it.”
Sonnen would go on to claim that “Liddell did not know where the target was” in Ortiz. “Chuck just simply couldn’t find him.”