UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has set the record straight regarding rumors of his camp filing an appeal about a questionable knee champion Anderson Silva landed in their fight at UFC 148 and the possibility of his retirement in the wake of last weekend’s loss. Plainly put, it appears both stories lack any substance, as Sonnen is not looking to take any sort of action against Silva and isn’t likely to be hanging up his gloves anytime soon.
“Part of competing is you got to know how to lose. It’s really easy to win, but you’ve got to know how to lose. Sometimes you have to man up, swallow it, and walk out,” explained Sonnen on Fuel TV’s coverage of the UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman weigh-ins. “It comes down to a judgment call and wherever the referee says the knee landed officially, that’s where the knee landed. That’s an excellent official, they all are, he made his call and that’s the way it goes and I will never complain or look back.”
In terms of his future, Sonnen stopped short of saying he would be back in the Octagon for sure but implied such would be the case rather than a run in WWE or even as a broadcaster.
“Anything in life, you don’t want to make a decision based on emotion,” said Sonnen, stating he would wait 30 days before giving his next move any real thought. “You have very big highs and very big lows in this sport. You don’t want to make any drastic decisions. I think it’s an insult to the fans when guys like to come out and say ‘I’m retired.’ What they really mean is ‘Hey, I’ll see everyone in 18 months because I’m coming back.’ I don’t want to see that. When I get to that point in my career I’ll make a statement and never look back.”
Sonnen also mentioned he wasn’t exactly sure what he was thinking by throwing a spinning backfist ultimately setting up the finishing sequence of strikes for Silva and that he admired Silva’s ability to come back from adversity to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
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