Chael Sonnen says Alex Pereira Lost at UFC 291: ‘It’s Not Within the Rules’

‘The Bad Guy’ argues ‘Poatan’ only got his hand raised against Jan Blachowicz due to the judges factoring in fatigue levels at UFC 291

Chael Sonnen, Alex Pereira,Jan Blachowicz
Credit: Chael Sonnen, Alex Pereira (via YouTube & Instagram)

Chael Sonnen made the case Alex Pereira lost against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 291.

This past Saturday, former UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira marked his light heavyweight debut opposite former champion Blachowicz in the co-main event of UFC 291. Blachowicz took control early in the bout with his superior grappling abilities and tried to find a submission. Pereira rebounded strongly in round two and appeared to put himself ahead with strong shots that caused damage.

In the end, he came out on top by a split decision in a close-fought contest that some felt could have gone either way.

Chael Sonnen says Alex Pereira Lost at UFC 291

In a recent YouTube video, Chael Sonnen argued Alex Pereira lost to Blachowicz at UFC 291.

“It was wrong. It wasn’t a robbery, I have seen worse, it was wrong,” said Sonnen. “There is nothing by the numbers that could get you to the conclusion that Alex won. You could look at takedowns, attempts, strikes, kicks, you could look at defense and see who slipped more punches. There was nothing by the numbers that could get you to the belief that Alex won.”

Sonnen believes judges gave him the nod based on fatigue

‘The Bad Guy’ claimed the judges favored ‘Poatan’ because he was not as tired as his foe at the end.

“The judges factored in a criteria and they’re known to do this, it’s just not within the rules, of fatigue,” added Sonnen. “Jan Blachowicz was exhausted and Alex was not. Blachowicz could not move and Alex could. Blachowicz with his hand raised in no scenario does Dana White come out and say I’m going to take that man who couldn’t finish three rounds and put him in a five rounder.”

Alex Pereira got called out by former champion Jiri Prochazka for his return bout, expected to be for the vacant light heavyweight strap.

Published on August 2, 2023 at 7:25 pm
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