Despite Sonnen taking the stipulation off the table after Silva failed to immediately accept, at least one member of Sonnen’s camp feels he will still hold up his end of the deal after falling by strikes to Silva at UFC 148.
Neil Melanson, a grappling coach at Xtreme Couture who took over as Sonnen’s head trainer after Scott McQuary went down with a heart attack, said he feels like that second encounter with “The Spider” was it for Sonnen.
“I don’t know what Chael’s plans are, but I got a feeling he’s done fighting,” said Melanson, while appearing on the The Verbal Submission recently. “I don’t know. I’ve just got a feeling he’s done. Maybe I’m wrong.”
Sonnen didn’t act as if he was going to retire, making no such mention of it during the post-fight press conference. It remains to be seen where the outspoken middleweight will go from here after his quest to become champion was denied by Silva.
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