UFC Quick Quote: Chael Sonnen got lucky against Shogun Rua and would never catch that submission again

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Rua joins Rashad Evans and Brian Stann on the growing list of fighters Sonnen has actually been nice too.

"I caught him, I got lucky. That was a lucky move. If we would fight 10 more times, I would never catch that move again. But he has never said that. He let me have my 15 minutes of fame. He shut his mouth and walked out. I would do the same thing. But very few guys follow that code. Say what you want before the fight, but when it's done, you accept the result. You let the other guy be happy, if he gets his hand raised, he gets his hand raised. Until this day, Shogun has never said 'that was lucky' or 'give me a rematch' or 'I didn't feel good.' So, I'll say for him. It was lucky and I don't think that was the best Shogun."

It was the submission that broke Wanderlei Silva's heart (video) and led to a rivalry that would never come to fruition. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight bad good guy Chael Sonnen was able to secure a first-round submission win over light heavyweight legend and fan-favorite Mauricio Rua in the main event of UFC Fight Night 26, which took place inside TD Garden on FOX Sports 1 last August in Boston, Massachusetts. Following his stunning victory, "The American Gangster" continued to heap praise on "Shogun" and once again echoed those sentiments during his recent media scrum with Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) reporters (watch it here). But is this sort of humility an act from one of the biggest trash talkers in the sport? Or does Sonnen legitimately believe he's inferior to Rua and just "got lucky?"

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