It is pretty remarkable that Chael Sonnen is able to balance all of his work while training and fighting for the UFC. While Sonnen is scheduled to fight co-anchor, Rashad Evans, at UFC 167, he is also scheduled to make appearances on UFC tonight and other Fox programming, coach for TUF Brazil 3, and conduct numerous interviews with media outlets.
Chael recently found the time to sit down with Tapout radio to discuss his upcoming fight and all things MMA. In one of the more interesting parts of the interview, Chael is asked his thoughts on Rashad Evans: (Courtesy of BloodyElbow)
I think we’re very similar. I’ve always been impressed with Rashad. I cheer for him in so many different matches, I never saw this fight as taking place because we were in different weight classes. So, yeah, he’s good. He’s really, really good. Not only is a world champion, he’s fought six world champions and stopped them all. And he beat the guys from the last generation. He’s one of the only guys from our era that the guys from the last era, from the Tito’s to the Chuck Liddell’s. So I’ve got no complaints with the way he fights. I think I can beat him, but I really don’t know how.
Chael and Rashad have been very respectful of one another leading into their fight at UFC 167, so these comments come as no surprise. However, hearing Chael say he does not know how to beat his opponent is certainly odd. Chael also recently commented that Wanderlei Silva was a distraction while training for Rashad, so could Chael not totally be focused on the task at hand? It is definitely strange not to hear Chael with his usual confidence, but I think it is more of a testament to the fighter that Rashad is. I guess we will have to wait until November 16th to find out how prepared Sonnen truly is.