Nogueira: Sonnen Has No Principles Or Character

You can add Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to the Loooooong list of Brazilian fighters who are lining up for a shot at Middleweight motormouth Chael Sonnen. In the last couple of years, Sonnen has made a name for himself as a tormentor of Brazilian MMA, laying into the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and even Nogueira’s big brother.

Now, speaking to, Lil Nogs had voiced his own opinion on the controversial Republican:

“It sure would be a great fight with Chael Sonnen. He’s a guy everybody wants to beat. He’s not a good example for the sport. He talks too much and says a lot of nonsense.”

“He has a problem with Brazilians; he discriminates against us. He could find a way to promote a fight without speaking ill of anyone. I think it’s a tactic he tries to use to destabilize Anderson or whoever he faces, but he has to know that’s not the way things work.

“In martial arts, we learn to respect each other. I’ll never speak ill of another fighter. Sonnen disrespects others and has no principles or character. He’s a guy that every professional fighter, at least on my team, wants to face.”

The Brazilian MMA world will have to hope that one of their Middleweight countrymen get a shot at the Twitter trash talker. You can bet that Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Demain Maia, Jorge Santiago and Sonnens old nemesis Anderson Silva will be happy to meet him in the cage some time soon. Lil Nogs will have his own hands full on August 6, when he squares off with MMA legend Rich Franklin.

Published on July 16, 2011 at 12:00 am
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