As always, Chael Sonnen has an opinion on the world of mixed martial arts. In his latest “Beyond The Fight” video, Sonnen gives his thoughts on top UFC fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who came into the world of MMA through the Sambo fighting style.
While many in the MMA community hold Sambo in high regard, Chael Sonnen is not one of them
“Sambo sucks,” Sonnen said in a recent video.
“Sambo’s always sucked. And I don’t believe Khabib is a Sambo player. I think somewhere, he just wanted to pay respects to Sambo. I believe he got the skills that he got being Dagestani, and I believe he got them in a wrestling room.”
“In the history of them setting up that cage, there’s never been a contender, let alone a standout, that was good at Sambo,” he continued. “It sucks, it’s not real. It’s a fake sport.”
While Sonnen did call out Fedor Emelianenko and Oleg Taktarov as notable Sambo fighters, the Bellator Heavyweight grand prix contender continued to throw shade at the Russian based form of fighting and continuing to distance Khabib from it.
“I’m actually now taking joy in the fact that I know I’m going to offend a bunch of people,” Sonnen said. “Let those crybabies cry. Sambo sucks. But Khabib doesn’t suck, he just pretends he does Sambo.”