Chael Sonnen delivered the hottest of takes this week by claiming Floyd Mayweather will lose his undefeated streak on New Year’s Eve.
“I will just share with you, if he goes into this bout and goes, ‘Wow, nine minutes is nothing. I’m used to going out there for 36 minutes, a 12-round atmosphere. That’s what I’m used to,’” Sonnen said in the video above. “’I barely even had to train for this.’ The other side of that coin is that if Floyd goes out there and starts to give rounds away.
“If Floyd gives away the first round, feeling the guy out or getting used to him,” he continued. “He’s only got one more round that he can give away. And if there’s any part of Floyd – and I believe that there is – there is some reason that he is continuing to press the narrative of an exhibition, which would make no sense to do by the world of promotion. He’s demoting what it is he’s getting ready to go out to do.”
Sonnen is also under the assumption that RIZIN won’t live up to their bargain.
“If he thinks even if he has a legally written contract that it’s going to be an exhibition, meaning at the end of three rounds or at the end of nine minutes they both smile and hug and walk away, he’s wrong,” Sonnen said.
“I don’t know if Floyd knows MMA well enough to know that he’s in a fight. And the only thing that makes it real is if you’re keeping score.”
Sonnen envisions a “Saitama Screwjob” where Mayweather will end up gaining his first loss whether it’s an exhibition or not.
“Mark your calendars and make your bets. Floyd Mayweather will be 50-1 after this event.”