Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Every fighter on my team wants to face the "nonsense speaking" Chael SonnenPosted on July 16, 2011, 06:47 PM by Joey Santosus
"It sure would be a great fight [between us]. He's a guy everybody wants to beat. He's not a good example for the sport. He talks too much and says a lot of nonsense. He has a problem with Brazilians; he discriminates against us. He could find a way to promote a fight without speaking ill of anyone. I think it's a tactic he tries to use to destabilize Anderson [Silva] or whoever he faces, but he has to know that's not the way things work. In martial arts, we learn to respect each other. I'll never speak ill of another fighter. Sonnen disrespects others and has no principles or character. He's a guy that every professional fighter, at least on my team, wants to face. - For more from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, visit Sherdog.com
It appears Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is finally breaking his silence regarding Chael Sonnen's "Anti-Everthing-Brazil" campaign. While it seems Sonnen has amped things up again since being cleared to return to action, his verbal onslaught aimed at Anderson Silva, the Nogueira brothers, and the Black House team in general is certainly not new behavior for the Team Quest fighter. In fact, ahead of his UFC 117 tite fight with "The Spider," Sonnen insisted a black-belt earned under the Nogueiras was like receiving a free toy with your Happy Meal. Of course, he would go on to be submitted by Silva in the waining moments of their five-round bout.
With "Minotauro" set to square off with Brendan Schaub in August and Sonnen, who briefly tossed around the idea of taking a fight at 205-pounds, now headed back down to Middleweight to face Brian Stann, a match-up between the two seems unlikely to materialize. Even so, what do you think LowKick'ers? If the legendary Brazilian were to lock horns with the mouth Oregon, who do you see emerging victorious?
Photo: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, left, fights with Heath Herring during UFC 73 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA on July 7, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker