UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen has forty professional fights under his belt and is in the midst of preparing for a crack at champion Jon Jones. However, it’s a physical altercation outside of the Octagon catching fans’ attention this week.
According to Sonnen, an interaction with a fan turned ugly last weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale when the individual attempted to strike him. Apparently, the man was an angry Brazilian still upset about comments Sonnen made leading up to a pair of high-profile bouts against middleweight king Anderson Silva. Fortunately, security intervened and the culprit was dragged off without further incident.
“I think a fan can do anything they want. I think they can heckle, a fan can boo, but they can’t touch you,” explained Sonnen in a recent conversation with MMAJunkie. “But the same thing goes for me. I can yell at a fan too, but you can’t touch them. If you want to be a fan, you buy the ticket, and you can have any energy you want, whether it’s positive or negative. And in this case it was negative, and he went a little too far.”
Sonnen also made it clear he wouldn’t have attacked the man in return even if the punch had landed
“We only compete in highly regulated and sanctioned matches. I’m not a fan of that, but if he would have connected, I would have turned the other cheek and walked away. I certainly wouldn’t have engaged him,” Sonnen concluded on the situation.
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