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Chael Sonnen explains awkward Bellator face off with Fedor Emelianenko (and Snow White)

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Fedor Emelianenko ... you absolutely suck aren’t paying attention.

Chael Sonnen, who advanced to the next round of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix back in January (thanks to this), was asked to confront Fedor Emelianenko inside the cage last Saturday night, moments after “The Last Emperor” disposed of Frank Mir to earn his place in the second bracket.

Regrettably, Emelianenko didn’t understand he was supposed to sell the fight.

“It was a nuisance for me, honestly,” Sonnen told ESPN. “I was at the desk doing my job and they told me to go down. I didn’t know what that would entail. The next thing I know, there’s a microphone in front of me, but Fedor is looking away.”

Sonnen used his time on the stick to draw cheap heat from the Chicago crowd, but when he tried to engage the typically-stoic Russian, Emelianenko simply wasn’t paying attention, thanks to a side conversation with his translator.

”I don’t resent anybody for having me do it, but if I could redo the whole thing, I wouldn’t do it,” Sonnen continued. “I’m talking to Fedor and he’s over there talking to Snow White.”

What followed was a routine staredown (and an awkward bro-shake).

Sonnen (30-15-1) will have a chance to drive his message home when he collides with Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) later this year, with the winner moving on to fight an opponent to be named. As it stands, Matt Mitrione awaits the winner of Ryan Bader vs. Muhammed Lawal.

And don’t forget this little variable.

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