Nutritionist to the mixed martial arts (MMA) stars, Mike Dolce, knows his veggies. And, apparently, his wedgies and noogies.
"If the world were able to see what’s going on in training camp -- how he's looking, how he’s performing -- I think [the] odds would change really quick. But what they’re doing, what most people do, is they look at his last year or so, his last fight and they write him off as a result of that. They look at maybe some headlines and they write him off as a result of that.... Chael's 10 years older, and it’s the big brother mentality, you know? Chael's been beating up guys like Jon Jones his whole life, his whole career, and that’s the mentality we have going into it. He’s going to beat the piss out of Jon Jones for 25 minutes no matter what.... It’s going to be a nasty machine, and we’re training Chael for 25 minutes of non-stop aggression; no matter what gets broken, no matter what gets ripped open, no matter what part of his body gets torn off, no matter how much blood is there, no matter how many bones crack. We are pushing him and training him to power through that, and I don’t think Jon is prepared to power through that.... Chael's going to walk across the cage to give Jon Jones a big ole' wedgie, and freaking give him a noogie, and Jon’s not going to be able to do anything about it. That’s the type of fight we're looking for."
-- Mike Dolce is the man in charge of fitness and conditioning for Chael Sonnen, among many other notable fighters on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster, responsible for ensuring that the current No. 1 Light Heavyweight contender fits the bill in Newark, N.J., on April 27, 2013. One that is pretty important, considering that Sonnen has not competed in the 205-pound division in more than five years. Dolce told BJPenn.com Radio that Sonnen, 35, was making massive cuts of 50 pounds or more to make the Middleweight limit, indicating that he had simply outgrown the division (not to mention 185-pound title shots against Anderson Silva). His 20-pound move back up was inevitable, precipitated of course by a controversial UFC 159 title shot against division champion Jon Jones, 25, at the Prudential Center and a coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17. And anyone who has watched the show on FX -- or seen Sonnen on the set of "UFC Tonight" -- is well aware that he has undoubtedly filled out his 6'1" frame. In fact, Dolce contends that he is around the same offseason weight as Heavyweight standouts such as Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier -- 240 pounds and ripped! The size, in addition to experience and a better wrestling pedigree -- Sonnen was a two-time All-American wrestler at the University of Oregon and an Olympic alternate for the United States Greco-Roman wrestling team -- will ultimately spell serious trouble for "Bones." The kind of schoolyard trouble that the mixed martial arts (MMA) world can't possibly imagine. Can you?