Chael Sonnen: I wanted an easy fight against Lyoto Machida, but not a tough one against Brian StannPosted on July 9, 2011, 08:13 AM by Anton Gurevich
"I don't want to move back to 205; I just wanted an easy fight, and I thought I could trick everybody into giving me one. I thought I had them all fooled into doing it, but they caught on and now I have to go do a real fight. I was trying to get an easy one. I was trying to get Wanderlei or Anderson or "Bigfoot" or just some Silva in general would have been really nice. When I saw that that was starting to get less likely, I called out `The Karate Kid.' They've thwarted my plans here, and now I've got to go and do a real match.
Rewind to Brian Stann's match with Chris Leben. I really would have lost whatever they would let me bet; I would have lost it all. I thought Leben would beat him. I think Stann's an awesome guy. Nobody has dominated Chris Leben like that — ever — in his entire career. That was kind of like an "Oh Wow" moment when I saw that in my living room. That was a special performance." - for full interview, please visit Heavy.com.
"Uncle" Chael Sonnen will square off against Brian Stann at UFC 136, which will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on October 8th - more than a year after Sonnen's heroic performance against Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Sonnen campaigned for "an easy fight" against the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida, who already stated that he would be more than happy to square off against the man who loves to talk smack about his homeland. But unfortunately (or luckily) for Sonnen, he will fight the fan-favorite Brian Stann instead. Chael Sonnen is 1-4 against opponents representing Brazil, losing to Anderson Silva, Babalu Sobral, Paulo Filho and Demian Maia