One thing the UFC veteran doesn’t by the humbleness act from Emelianenko, labeling both of them as scumbags.
“I don’t know about the whole respect thing,” Sonnen said on The MMA Hour. “He seems like a perfectly nice guy, I don’t think I would want to take anything from him, but it’s a gimmick, right? All the guys are working a gimmick. He found his gimmick. He found a little something with the respect and the humbleness and looking like Dumpy Dwarf getting interviewed by his translator Snow White there. That’s good for some people. It doesn’t do a damn thing for me. I’m not impressed by it, I don’t fall for it. At the end of the day, behind that little frumpy look on his face and the little doughy bald head is a dirty, rotten cage fighter just like me…Man, you’re getting in a steel cage half naked looking to whip somebody’s ass. You’re a scumbag and so am I. If you want to sell some t-shirts that way, have at it. You’ve got your style and I’ve got mine. But I’m not buying it and I don’t give a damn about it.”
Sonnen has taken some shots at the Russian fighter before, even questioning his professional MMA record for supposedly competing in fixed fights while in Japan.
Even though Sonnen is known for his wrestling game, it won’t stop the fighter from exchanging blows with Emelianenko.
“It’s very confusing to me where that lies,” Sonnen said. “And I will take anybody down that I can take down. And if I can’t, then I’ll beat them up on the feet. I hear all of these things, but I’ve never seen it. And I’ve gotta get in a fisticuffs with him, then we’ll do that, too.”
The Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals will happen later this year, but no dates have been announced at this time.