Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Every fighter on my team wants to face the...

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Every fighter on my team wants to face the "nonsense speaking" Chael Sonnen


“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

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

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  • Bruce Lee

    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

    I find Sonnen entertaining but: Nogueira.

  • Rigo

    I don’t get why Sonnen is trying to fight Bib Nog , he is a Heavyweight with amazing BJJ , Sonnen biggest weakness is his submission defense and a guy like Big Nog he would get choke really quick

    Not a good fight for Sonnen , neither is Machida , he needs to focus on his Middleweight fights where he could be the Champion

  • mma15johnny

    Cant wait to see Big Nog fight, i hope he beats brendan. Big Nog all the way! Noueira is good for the sport, his fights are always like rocky movies

  • ogobska

    if my memory serves me right i remember a guy name “crazy horse” who talk shit about bjj or something about brazil post fight, gets choked out in the locker room and finds his self pass out with and arm triangle. i can see the future of sonnen in rio.

  • XSpeedX

    yea his name was charles “crazy horse” bennet

  • ck1

    schaub is going to bash nog. Most of these fighters who have been around for a long time just cant compete with the new guys. schaub vs cro cop was a prime example. schaub will be way too fast, moving in and out and basically pic nog apart. And before everyone starts saying do i know who nog is? yes i do, ive been watching for a long time and nog WAS awesome, but thats the point, he was awesome, you can only say so many times, remember him in pride! it was excatly the same for cro cop, wand.People dont want to except that these fighters are not what they were, they cant compete with the new guys around.

  • ck1

    yeah charles bennett. you can find it on-line. its funny, he is giving a bit of mouth, they get into a grapple and he is trying to pound from the top but gets caught and the guy puts him out.

  • Bruce Lee

    Is Sonnen going to go to Brazil?!?! Wow, I hope he has security. I suspect he’ll watch it on PPV from home.

  • Bruce Lee

    Now I’m just curious, what was it about that comment that people didn’t like?

  • Warcrazed

    It’s because common sense runs short with some of these keyboard warriors who actually think Sonnen is world champ material.
    When Sonnen remembers to use that mental filter that was naturally given to him, he’s entertaining. But when he starts slurring racist remarks about the Brazilian UFC fighters, I start to think the guy is toejam. Is that really someone who you think sets a good example to be a champion people?

  • Warcrazed

    First of all, Big Nog has a way better chin than Cro Cop, his boxing is also sharper, whereas u can see the decline of Cro Cops and his BJJ is pretty dam good. Altho yes Schaub is a big up and comer and I’m not counting him out, dont be so quick to count out Big Nog. For example, just look at who will be in his training camps. Completely dif fight than the Cro Cop one I think

  • Joey Santosus

    The quote is by Nogueira…

  • Dabs

    Have you not noticed he is calling out everyone but the man that beat him in the most dramatic fashion I’ve ever seen in an MMA match? Sonnen knows he will never be champ as long as AS is in that division so he is trying to get novelty fights which will be big pay days because of his satirical bigoted jokes…which in turn build interest in the fight.

  • Stiks

    Its an mma site. Sonnen, whether you like it or not, is part of MMA. Deal with it. And you cared enough to post about it. Quit your crying.