Talk about a real pain in the ...
Chael Sonnen will be a guest on Michael Landsberg's "Off The Record" again, which is a big talk show on Canada's premier sports channel, TSN.
A source mentioned to Landsberg that Sonnen had several inches of his colon removed one day prior to his UFC 167 bout with Rashad Evans, a procedure that the self-styled "American Gangster" confirmed during the interview.
"It's a little bit of a surprise that you had that information," said Sonnen, who has had previous run-ins with the no-nonsense show host.
Sonnen has been critical of fighters in the past who do not show up for work, and pull out of fights early. He cites that as a reason for not letting the surgery get in the way of his battle inside the Octagon.
"When I sign a contract to fight, I'm agreeing to fight a guy on a certain day at a certain time and in a certain venue. It's my job to feel good when I go out and do it and if I don't that may play a hand in the fight."
After Sonnen's first-round loss to Evans by technical knockout, nothing of the sort was mentioned, and he surely did not use this as an excuse.
Did this affect Sonnen's performance? Who knows. More important, how could an organization -- or an athletic comission for that matter -- allow a fighter to compete just one day after such a procedure?
Don't ask, don't tell.