UFC fan favorite Chael Sonnen is a fighter that has often said he will not pull out of a scheduled bout. No matter what happens, Sonnen has said that he will enter the octagon on the night that he agreed to and a recent report seems to confirm that notion.
During a recent interview for Michael Landsberg’s Off The Record on TSN in Canada, Landsberg asks Sonnen about some information that he had received.
According to Landsberg, he was told that Sonnen underwent emergency surgery 24 hours before his UFC 167 co-main event bout with Rashad Evans to remove a portion of his colon. Sonnen would not confirm or deny the report, but he continued to stick to his comments that he will never back down from a fight.
“I don’t make excuses before fights or after fights, and if I had anything to deal with, I’ll deal with it,” Sonnen said. “But when it’s time to fight, I’ll walk out there and fight.”
“It’s a little bit of a surprise that you had that information. Here’s the bottom line, when I sign a contract to fight, I’m agreeing to fight a guy on a certain day, at a certain time, and at a certain venue. It’s my job to feel good when I go out and do it. And if I don’t, well then that may play a hand in the fight. But I don’t like these guys that come up with excuses, particularly after the fact, and I’m damn sure not one of them.”
You can watch the interview here.
If the report is true, then all of the respect in the world goes to Sonnen. Undergoing emergency surgery is nothing to play around with, but he stuck to his contract that he signed and went out to do his job. It may have not been the performance or result that he was hoping for, but Sonnen did his part.
While it is a brave decision by Sonnen to go out and fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission will need to answer some questions.
If they knew about the surgery, they failed in protecting Sonnen’s safety by letting him fight. They should have canceled the bout to give him necessary time to heal, but he walked out to the octagon anyways. Of course, Sonnen may have withheld the information so that he would not let himself and the fans down, so it will be interesting to see if anything else comes from the report.