Chael Sonnen is facing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson this Saturday Night in the main event of Bellator 192.
While Sonnen is looking forward to fighting Rampage this weekend, an altercation almost took place with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell during a Bellator 192 media tour.
“I come into the dressing room and there was Chuck, face-to-face, and it was awkward,” Sonnen told MMA Fighting. “And I was doing Eisen and he told me, ‘You got a message for Chuck? He’ll be here tomorrow.’ So I gave him a message to Chuck, thinking he would be there tomorrow. Turned out Chuck was in the back, watching it on a monitor, with my mother. So my mom and uncle had to get involved and it was just a big, colossal — I had to go one way and Chuck had to go the other, and it was weird. But I don’t think he’s going to fight again. I didn’t ask him point-blank because we were too busy yelling at one another, but he looked good, I’ll give him that. I mean, it looked like he was in shape, but I don’t know. I don’t know what he’s going to do.”
Sonnen had recently stated that a fight with Liddell probably wouldn’t happen, but things could be changing now.
In the end, an angry Sonnen doesn’t really care what Liddell feels about the whole situation.
“See, here’s the thing with Chuck, is, Chuck is a seemingly very nice guy,” Sonnen said. “Everyone I talk to that knows, he’s a seemingly (nice guy), a gentleman. But he came through the competition era. We’re in the entertainment era. And some of those guys, they get offended a little easier, or the table that they helped set — and he did, in fairness — has changed, and they feel like it changes their legacy and they feel left out. And he was just pissed. What am I supposed to do? Eff him. Let him be pissed. What do I care about Chuck’s feelings?”
Bellator 192 takes place on Saturday, January 20 from The Forum in Inglewood, California with Chael Sonnen and Quinton Jackson headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.