- Chael Sonnen thinks Joe Rogan was wrong about saying Colby Covington’s trash talks at UFC 296 backfired
- “The Bad Guy” claims “Chaos” intentionally talked trash to make the company happy
Chael Sonnen is certain that Colby Covington did a lot of trash-talking at UFC 296 not to affect Leon Edwards but to please the promotion.
Rogan was wrong
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Sonnen responded to Joe Rogan’s comment implying that Covington’s trash talks backfired as he wasn’t able to perform well against Edwards. For “The Bad Guy,” Rogan was wrong as everything comical that “Chaos” did heading into UFC 296 was for the show.
“Joe Rogan said he thought Colby’s trash talk had backfired. Well, the trash talk is done to try and bring interest to the fight. It’s not done to have anything to do with the fight. It is not done, right, like a person does not go to a press conference to talk trash to affect that other guy at all. Not a pre-fight press conference,” Sonnen pointed out.
“He did all of that for the company… Colby didn’t do any of that to affect Leon’s performance or to affect his own performance. It wasn’t to make myself fight harder or to reduce him. None of the psychology of that. It was done purely to show the boss that I’m a good team player to create opportunities down the road and to create more money in my backroom check… If Colby wasn’t a good team player, he wouldn’t have showed up in a costume, he would have showed up the way Leon showed up, with nothing, wearing nothing, doing nothing, saying nothing,” he added.
Trash talks always work
Unsurprisingly, Covington is not bothered by what people say about his UFC 296 performance that did not give justice to his trash talks. Like Sonnen, Covington also said trash-talking always works when selling a fight and his opponents even thanked him for earning extra money from it.
The UFC 296 title fight loss to Edwards saw Covington failing to capture the welterweight strap for the third time. He is now aiming for a showdown with Stephen Thompson.
Check out Sonnen’s full video below: