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Everyone has a take on the Conor McGregor retirement, and professional opinion-haver Chael Sonnen is no different. Via BloodyElbow.com:
“I would not think that retiring, excluding yourself, taking yourself out of something very positive, very loved, very coveted as a means of strategy while having to deal with something so tremendous, would be wise,” Sonnen said in a video he released on his YouTube channel. “I would think at a time like this you would keep as many friends and as many doors, and as many things open as you could.”
“The other side of that coin is that could easily tarnish the other entity. You may to come to somebody, or you have somebody come to you and go ‘Look, this is not going to be good branding, this is not going to be good timing. This is going to be a jam of the highest of levels, it is best if you step away.’”
The allegations of sexual assault became public knowledge, via the NY Times, the same day McGregor announced his retirement. Sonnen clearly doesn’t buy that the two events are unrelated.
“It is best if headlines do not come out that say ‘UFC star Conor McGregor’ fill in the blank,” he explained. “How many times have we seen that? (Bellator CEO Scott) Coker’s had to go through that in the last 18 months. He had two knuckleheads that don’t even work for him anymore but used to, at some point, worked for him under contract, go and do something horrendous.
“Some old Bellator guy just robbed a bank. I couldn’t tell you his name, but I could tell you he’s a former Bellator fighter because that’s what the media says. What better way to describe Conor McGregor? Instead of just saying ‘Hey, Conor McGregor…’ No, they’re gonna attach it to a brand who did nothing wrong.”
Sonnen isn’t sure whose idea it was. He speculates that it could have been McGregor’s call, or someone from the UFC strongly suggested he retire before the news broke.
“Maybe Conor in the spirit of sportsmanship (went) ‘Hey, you guys did a lot for me, I’mma get the hell out of your way for a little bit while I deal with this’ or maybe somebody else came to him and said ‘Hey, separate yourself and do it now,” Sonnen said. “The shoe’s gonna drop, that’s your problem…’ Something more along these lines.”
I cannot wait for this weekend’s main event, because it is one of the best and most violent fights that could possibly be made.
Michael Johnson, who has fought both Gaethje and Barboza says that Gaethje's leg kicks are much harder and hurt worse.— Donny Rockett (@drockett69) March 28, 2019
Gaethje’s statistics are just as insane as his fights.
SLpM and SApM are typically somewhere in the 2 to 4 range for most fighters. For many, they land more than they absorb.— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) March 28, 2019
Look at Gaethje's career numbers. Off the charts. pic.twitter.com/gmQSQ1wCIS
John Kavanagh reflecting on the opportunities that came his way because he had the good fortune to Conor McGregor’s coach.
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Not that long ago but feels like a different lifetime. 2 lads (1 with a dodgy lip ring) travelling economy around the world trying to make a dream become reality. I dont know what the future holds but I do know because of @thenotoriousmma I've done more in the last 5 years than I would have ever imagined I'd do in a lifetime #grateful
What is going on here
Justin Gaethje's weird reaction to Kevin Lee's brawl vs Michael Chiesa #ufcphiladelphia pic.twitter.com/0aaZTeykOr— Dovy (@DovySimuMMA) March 28, 2019
He’s not Stipe Miocic, but Thiago Santos has earned his fight with Jon Jones and it is still a good one
#UFC239pic.twitter.com/BAxnB6SegM— Brandon The Truth (@Brandon_Nocaute) March 27, 2019
Elite level strategy
I don’t recall the story behind this flying kick, but it is true, they never teach it to you. More Gracie marketing.
I don’t think any lions were harmed in the making of this video but it looks like some humans were. Watch at your own discretion.
Chappelle: That’s why we really go to the tiger show; we don’t go to see somebody be safe with tigers. You go thinking in the back of your mind, “this n***a might get bit. I’d like to see that in person for thirty five dollars”. pic.twitter.com/atlV2yMg6Y— Scott Bond (@_ScottBond_) March 28, 2019
“Even if you fight, you can’t win”
Saw this sign in Kyoto and I can't stop thinking about it. Why is it color-coded like video game dialogue. Who tried to fight him. "Even if you fight, you can't win" is so powerful pic.twitter.com/eYdlbmFH03— Kallie Plagge (@inkydojikko) March 26, 2019
Michelle Waterson kicking water bottles
This went from stupid to astonishing real quick.
The UFC made up a nickname for Karolina Kowalkiewicz based on her nationality and her gender? Sounds right.
About that new "Polish Princess" nickname for Karolina Kowalkiewicz? She tells me the UFC made it up for her and she has not idea where it came from before seeing it on a promotional graphic. #UFCPhiladelphia— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) March 27, 2019
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Cosmo Alexandre taking full advantage of the Thai clinch
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Ref tried to help him but ... Haha. I'll be fighting MMA soon ! Reposted from @planetofmma - The ref was supposed to save him, stepped on his head instead Cosmo Alexandre (7-1, 5 KO's) #goodboyfamily @teamevolutionnaples #muaythai #mma #thaistyle #worldchampion #kickboxing #naples #florida #27north #onnit
You don’t often see spinning elbows landed from the guy with his back to the cage, but Kevin Holland managed it.
Kevin Holland knocked Bubba McDaniel out w/ a Spinning Back Elbow R1 in a MT bout at XKO 38 (2017) #UFCPhiladelphia #UFCPhilly pic.twitter.com/aaGC3bv8VO— LORD HONKY HUMUNGUS (@Mr_Honky) March 29, 2019
Capybaras seem like they would make good friends.
Capybaras are the chillest animals on the planet pic.twitter.com/d2xDWrXKou— Nature is Amazing ☘️ (@AMAZlNGNATURE) March 27, 2019
[insert joke about Cody Garbrandt’s chin]
caption this pic.twitter.com/4ec2ug1ZlA— smoochy (@KISSEMOTICON) March 23, 2019
This is why women live longer
Block or charge? ♂️ ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/sjesgQRjZq— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) March 28, 2019
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