Chael Sonnen doesn’t just think Fedor Emelianenko’s record is valid, but also the character of the “Last Emperor.”
On a recent edition of The MMA Hour, Sonnen believes that Emelianenko’s reputation of a humble warrior is merely an act.
“I don’t know about the whole respect thing,” Sonnen said. “He seems like a perfectly nice guy, I don’t think I would want to take anything from him, but it’s a gimmick, right? All the guys are working a gimmick. He found his gimmick. He found a little something with the respect and the humbleness and looking like Dumpy Dwarf getting interviewed by his translator Snow White there.
“That’s good for some people. It doesn’t do a damn thing for me. I’m not impressed by it, I don’t fall for it. At the end of the day, behind that little frumpy look on his face and the little doughy bald head is a dirty, rotten cage fighter just like me.”
Sonnen, even with his strong pedigree in wrestling, feels that he can check the chin of the former PRIDE star.
“It’s very confusing to me where that lies,” Sonnen said of the perception he’s not a good striker. “And I will take anybody down that I can take down. And if I can’t, then I’ll beat them up on the feet.
“I hear all of these things, but I’ve never seen it. And I’ve gotta get in a fisticuffs with him, then we’ll do that, too.”
Sonnen, who himself is into the pro wrestling style of fight hype, thinks Fedor is just playing a character.
“Man, you’re getting in a steel cage half naked looking to whip somebody’s ass,” Sonnen said. “You’re a scumbag and so am I. If you want to sell some t-shirts that way, have at it. You’ve got your style and I’ve got mine. But I’m not buying it and I don’t give a damn about it.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting