Chael Sonnen believes the pressure is all on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287 in Miami.
Of all the MMA commentators and analysts out there, the most outspoken might be Chael Sonnen. As a former fighter turned YouTuber and personality, Sonnen is never afraid to tell his thoughts on a subject. He isn’t afraid of making enemies or exploring the negative aspects of the sport. Now he is turning his sights on the upcoming welterweight matchup between Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns.
These two men will be facing off in the co-main event of the upcoming UFC 287 card in Miami, Florida. The event will do down on April 8, but Sonnen claims he didn’t even know about it. He say on a recent episode of his YouTube show that he knew that they were matchup up but did not realize it was taking place in Masvidal’s backyard of Miami. Sonnen feels this is a huge factor in the bout.
Chael Sonnen thinks the pressure will be solely on Masvidal fighting at home in Miami
This upcoming fight will be the first for Masvidal since his loss to Colby Covington last year. He believes that he may be able to earn a title shot with a win, but all of that is not what Sonnen believes will be putting the most pressure on him. He feels fighting at home is tough for fighters.
“One of the rare things about it, there’s no home court advantage. It’s home field disadvantage in MMA. And that’s where Miami comes into it. Right?” he said. “Because Gilbert Burns also lives in Florida but it’s different. He’s not representing Florida. When you speak to him, he represents Brazil. Jorge Masivdal who could not be a prouder Cuban puts Miami first. So I’m just bringing this to you, there’s a lot on it. Because I tell you all the time, it’s not an advantage. It’s a disadvantage.”
Gilbert Burns also lives and trains out of Florida. This is essentially a home fight for him as well, but Sonnen sees it differently. Masvidal has been making a huge deal out of bringing the UFC back to Miami and Sonnen thinks it may be too much.
“That’s a very interesting situation. There is extreme pressure. I mean, if you are the baddest dude in your town, and you’re taking on a dude from town, you see the problem?” he said. “People are gonna view you differently. Masvidal doesn’t have to win this to not have egg on his face. Of course he doesn’t. We know how tough Gilbert is. But Masvidal thinks he does. Right. It’s not us. It’s not us that are putting pressure on Masvidal. He put it on himself. And that’s just what happens. Gilbert doesn’t have, even though Gilbert lives right here. It’s different.”
UFC 287 goes down on April 8 live from the Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida. The event will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya. This is the first time the UFC has visited Miami for an event in 20 years.