Chael Sonnen: I can't sell out an arena against Lyoto Machida

Posted on February 25, 2013, 10:27 AM by Mike Drahota
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Former UFC Middleweight and current Light Heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen recently spoke up about his disdain towards the performance of Lyoto Machida at Satruday's UFC 157. Obviously Sonnen believes that he will wresst the belt from Jon Jones' hands on April 27th, but he won't be giving Machida a shot at the title when he does:
"Does Lyoto Machida deserve another title shot? Absolutely. Is he a great fighter? Absolutely. I'm in on the business; I'm in on the pay-per-view (PPV). So is Jon Jones, but neither of us want to fight him because he can't draw flies. That's the bottom line. He got booed tonight; he got booed in his last fight. I can't sellout an arena with you; I can't sell PPV's with you. I'm not giving him the shot. Alexander Gustaffson, Gegard Mousasi, step up and I'll take the winner."
So Sonnen is focused on the business side of the sport, and with that focus, he may have a valid point. Machida was booed for his highly elusive style on Saturday, and his counterattack-based strategy is not the most fan-friendly one out there. 
Like Sonnen said, Alexander Gustafsson will soon face off with Gegard Mousasi in a battl of young and talent Light Heavies. While neither one is exactly a household name as of right now, they could each generate a fight with more action than Sonnen/Machida. 
But first Sonnen has to get past Jon Jones. That's the hardest part of the equation here, getting inside the champ's insane reach advantage and solving a puzzle that, to this day, no one has really come that close to. 
Dana White loves fighters who bring the action and look to finish fights in spectacular fashion. He is well-known for keeping fighters who lost around because they are action-oriented. Guys like Dan Hardy and Leonard Garcia come to mind. Should Sonnen get past Jones, would anyone be excited for a bout against Machida? 

Former UFC Middleweight and current Light Heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen recently spoke up about his disdain towards the performance of Lyoto Machida at Saturday's UFC 157. Obviously Sonnen believes that he will wrest the belt from Jon Jones' hands on April 27th, but he won't be giving Machida a shot at the title when he does. Sonnen was seen stating the following at the UFC 157 post show :

"Does Lyoto Machida deserve another title shot? Absolutely. Is he a great fighter? Absolutely. I'm in on the business; I'm in on the pay-per-view (PPV). So is Jon Jones, but neither of us want to fight him because he can't draw flies. That's the bottom line. He got booed tonight; he got booed in his last fight. I can't sellout an arena with you; I can't sell PPV's with you. I'm not giving him the shot. Alexander Gustafsson, Gegard Mousasi, step up and I'll take the winner."

So Sonnen is focused on the business side of the sport, and with that focus, he may have a valid point. Machida was booed for his highly elusive style on Saturday, and his counterattack-based strategy is not the most fan-friendly one out there. Like Sonnen said, Alexander Gustafsson will soon face off with Gegard Mousasi in a battle of young and talented Light Heavyweights.

While neither one is exactly a household name as of right now, they could each generate a fight with more action than Sonnen/Machida. But first Sonnen has to get past Jon Jones. That's the hardest part of the equation here, getting inside the champ's insane reach advantage and solving a puzzle that, to this day, no one has really come that close to. 

Dana White loves fighters who bring the action and look to finish fights in spectacular fashion. He is well-known for keeping fighters who lost around because they are action-oriented. Guys like Dan Hardy and Leonard Garcia come to mind. Should Sonnen get past Jones, would anyone be excited for a bout against Machida? 

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  • KeithFarrell
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    Lyoto Machida has a really big name in the sport just not a Jones/Shogun/Rampage and maybe not even as big as Evans yet.

    Every fight he's in his legacy continues to grow but his last fight wasn't a great booster for his name value.

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  • KeithFarrell
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    Although something like Machida/Shogun can sell out but I don't think Sonnen/Machida or Sonnen/Shogun would sell out ... so maybe it's Sonnen can;t sell out when he's not in a ***le fight.

    Or maybe just Style X vs. Style Y is what it comes down to

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  • dropkickmurphy
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    If the arena doesn't sell out it must be because the other guy is so bad, right Chael?

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  • PukeVomit
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    btw, chael will not fighting machida, because he gets destroyed bei jones.

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  • Boner89
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    He man has a point. I for one would not pay to see Machida fight. I am not a fan of his style and there are many people who agree with me. Sorry Machida your style is boring.

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  • Boner89
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    The*

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    Although, I was somewhat disappointed in Machida's last fight, I am a huge fan of his and his technical fighting style. Technical fighters > brawlers. Brawlers > lay and Pray artists. Well, anything is better than a lay and Pray artist.

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  • kungfurule
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    Any one who doesn't at least appreciate Machida's style (or Fitch for that matter) cannot really call themselves a fan of the sport. It's like saying I don't like C***ius Marcellus Clay Jr. 'cause he moves around to much. Get educated.

    Reply 1 year ago
  • Evan Holober
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    If you love technical fighters GSP should be your favorite.

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    EH, Im going to have to p*** on Georges, sorry. I don't consider GSP as a technical fighter, but that's just my opinion. Machida, A.S, Aldo, Cruz, Condit, Jones, D Johnson, U. Hall, and a few more are technical fighters, but I'm sure some of you may disagree.

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    Wow, it won't let me write P-A-S-S*

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  • dropkickmurphy
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    we are not even allowed to say title any more

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  • HATEOCRACY
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    Set up a fight against Justin Bieber cuz that lil fellow can sell out an arena anywhere

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  • ImmaBoss
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    Thus another example of what the sport and its athletes have come down to, MONEY its all about the MONEY. I mean money is great when you got to support a family and have responsibilities but damn don't just come out and say it directly like that.

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  • highkick12
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    Well Machida was Jones' lowest ppv draw of 2011 and hes been getting booed lately with reason. Cant say gsp is being safe and not look at Machida the same way, I cant blame Henderson too much for that fight cause anytime he goes forward Machida goes backwards. He never tried to finish the fight and basically circled for the last half of the 3rd round cause he did just barely enough in the first 2.

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  • PukeVomit
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    at the end of the day, it's a SPORT, where money and ppv-buys SHOULDN'T be the reason to put on fights. i don't like the way it's going, with people like chael, who aren't competetive enough, to earn fights by theit fighting skills. he should really switch to wwe.

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  • kungfurule
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    He makes me want to puke and vomit PukeVomit.

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  • Entity
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    Dont you just hate UFC fans with the same opinion (sarcasm)
    The picture and thread ***le are hilarious. 8D

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  • Entity
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    T'I'T'L'E! *^%$# *&^%^& **&&^%^ **& &*^%$% 8P 8))

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    Don't worry Chael there will be some other fighers on the card too.

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  • GianGiacommo G
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    No worries Chael,you won't have because you are not beating Jones,but just for kicks here's 5 things you should know= 1- Machida is and will always be a better fighter than you are. 2-Machida earns his ***le shots,he doesn't talks his way into getting them. 3- Machida is the only one that has won a round against Jones,Belfort had him in trouble but he didn't win the round. 4-Machida should be 19-2 because well know that he beat Rampage.5- People can boo all they want,Machida has a unique style of fighting,even Hendo knows he got beat,that was unanimous not split,only clueless fans boo,you sir posting here saying that he's boring should get weaked!Machida San Karate Kun prevails again!!!

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  • TheRealDeal
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    I would say Sonnen is "getting ahead of himself", but what else is new.

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  • cranestyle
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    I would rate Machida's performance somewhere between Condit, when he fought Diaz, and Guida when he fought...I can't remember, because I blocked his fights out, they were so boring.

    After the Jones fight, I had high hopes for a Dragon comeback, and was one of the ones *****ing about the women getting the main event. I'd say Lyoto fought like girl, but to be honest, the girls fought way better. Made Dana look smart.

    Chael has this one nailed, all expect the part where it's him defending the ***le and not Jones. I'd guess it will be Gustafsson, who is as big a threat as there is at 205.

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  • azzkika
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    I agree the Condit Diaz fight was boring from a Diaz perspective walking forward waving your hands and pulling a face whilst getting beat up is a pretty boring style to watch. Condit on the other hand gave a world cl*** demonstration of MMA which only WWE converts and retards remain ignorant to.

    I guess re-runs of Tank Abbott are more your cup of tea.

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  • azzkika
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    wow the word cla s s is now censored.

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  • kungfurule
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    @cranestyle all good thoughts but I'm surprised by your "fought like a girl" remark that's below you my Kungfu-ey friend. hiya!!

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  • duder113
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    I'd like to see Machida in a mixed martial ARTS bout. Please, not in the circus where Sonnen plays.

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  • codemaster
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    B*** is a type of fish.
    Cl*** is a set or group
    Cr*** is when you have no Cl***
    Gl*** is in a window
    Gr*** is always greener on the other side
    L*** is a scottish girl
    M*** is a large quan***iy or weight of something
    P*** is a card which gets me on m*** transit
    S*** is what children give to adults
    T*** is a former Soviet news agency

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  • codemaster
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    I'm not trying to be mean--but that is moronic programming.

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  • IChokePeople
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    I would pay a lot to watch Machida destroy you Chael.

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  • codemaster
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    B*** is a type of fish.
    Cl*** is a set or group
    Cr*** is when you have no Cl***
    Gl*** is in a window
    Gr*** is always greener on the other side
    L*** is a scottish girl
    M*** is a large quan***iy or weight of something
    P*** is a card which gets me on m*** transit
    S*** is what children give to adults
    T*** is a former Soviet news agency


    This is moronic programming.

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  • codemaster
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    oops--sorrty for the double post.

    I feel like a *** or an ***, but I hope you will let it p*** as my motives are clear a gl*** and I like to think I have cl***--I'm not cr***.

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  • m
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    Nice

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  • Entity
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    hahah, everyone here curses a little, but it's starting to look like hieroglyphics. Good think I got my crackerjack box decoder ring 8P

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  • Entity
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    By the way, all that **** was funny as hell

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  • Entity
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    Dohh!

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  • m
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    fucking yea

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  • m
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    **** it

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  • lowstyle
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    u can appreciate the man's fighting style/technique while also acknowledging that it's not fan friendly. when the fight was over I couldn't help but feel like it was a wasted matchup for henderson. win or lose I'd prefer to see Hendo fight somone who is more willing to engage

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