Chael Sonnen Is “Heartbroken” After Bellator 208 Defeat

Chael Sonnen came up just short last weekend (Sat. October 13, 2018) in his bid for the Bellator heavyweight title. Sonnen was defeated by mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Fedor Emelianenko via first-round TKO. The bout was the semi-finals for the Bella…

Chael Sonnen came up just short last weekend (Sat. October 13, 2018) in his bid for the Bellator heavyweight title. Sonnen was defeated by mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Fedor Emelianenko via first-round TKO. The bout was the semi-finals for the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. The winner was to face Ryan Bader for the […]

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Chael Sonnen Is ‘Heartbroken’ After Loss To Fedor Emelianenko

Former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen is “heartbroken” after his TKO loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 208.

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Over this past weekend (Sat. October 13, 2018) Chael Sonnen suffered a heartbreaking loss at Bellator 208.

In the semi-finals of Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament, Fedor Emelianenko defeated “The American Gangster” via first-round TKO. Fedor will advance to the tournament finals to face Ryan Bader, and crown a new Bellator heavyweight champion.

After his losing effort, Sonnen spoke to “The MMA Hour” to offer his reaction to the loss. Sonnen noted that everything hurt him physically at the moment, and emotionally, he feels heartbroken (via MMA Fighting):

“Physically, everything hurts,” said Sonnen. “[Emelianenko] hit me with a missile about five-seconds in. That one still hurts a little bit. But other than that, I am doing well…My teeth are okay.

“If I had one wish going into a fight, aside from serious injury, it’s that I won’t lose a tooth. I had that same wish since I started this when I was 19 years old.

“But, yes they are all intact. Emotionally, I get heartbroken about these things. From a competitive standpoint, I have dedicated my whole life to this since I was nine years old and I would have started earlier if my dad would have let me.

“He wouldn’t let me start until I was nine. It hurts. It hurts really bad that you don’t get those moments back.”

Sonnen has shared the cage and lost to legends of mixed martial arts (MMA) before. Those include names such as Anderson Silva (twice), Jon Jones, Tito Ortiz, and Rashad Evans. The heartbreaking feeling is no stranger to Sonnen. But at the end of the day, Sonnen believes this is what it means to be a fighter:

“I’ve had these feelings before,” said Sonnen. “I am convinced, in my interpretation, this is what it means to be a fighter. Somewhere over time that word became corrupted.

“It became about the punches and the kicks. But I’ve always believed it’s feeling like I’m feeling right now and getting out of bed anyway and facing the media and getting back on it.

“So now I have to be a fighter. I prefer to be a winner, I prefer to be on top of the world and looking down on everybody else. But today I’ve got to fight.”

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Bader vs. Fedor Is The Best-Case Scenario For Bellator

After this past weekend’s Bellator 207 and Bellator 208 events, we now know who the finalists of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix are. On Friday night, Ryan Bader used takedowns and ground-and-pound to dominate Matt Mitrione en route to a lops…

After this past weekend’s Bellator 207 and Bellator 208 events, we now know who the finalists of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix are. On Friday night, Ryan Bader used takedowns and ground-and-pound to dominate Matt Mitrione en route to a lopsided unanimous decision win. With the win, Bader emerged as the finalist of his side […]

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Daniel Cormier Gives His Prediction on Who Wins The Heavyweight Title after Bellator 208

UFC Light heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier gave his prediction and support for Ryan Bader to win the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. The two have had their differences in the past but that is behind them now according to what Bader…

UFC Light heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier gave his prediction and support for Ryan Bader to win the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. The two have had their differences in the past but that is behind them now according to what Bader said at the post-fight press conference when he addressed the media about facing […]

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Chael Sonnen Relives Fedor Emelianenko’s Bellator 208 Beating

The usually boisterous Chael Sonnen was a bit tame in his Bellator 208 main event with Fedor Emelianenko. And “The Bad Guy” also displayed a more subdued side following the fight. Sonnen didn’t make it out of the first round against Emelianenko but did have his moments, albeit briefly. Sonnen added some insight as to […]

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The usually boisterous Chael Sonnen was a bit tame in his Bellator 208 main event with Fedor Emelianenko. And “The Bad Guy” also displayed a more subdued side following the fight.

Sonnen didn’t make it out of the first round against Emelianenko but did have his moments, albeit briefly. Sonnen added some insight as to what he believed went wrong inside the cage during the post-fight press conference.

Where Sonnen Went Wrong

“I would call him explosive,” Sonnen told the media when asked to assess Emelianenko’s skills inside the cage. “With his punches, there wasn’t a ton of set-ups, they just came and they came hard. Even on the ground, I had some good positions on him and he would just explode. It weren’t exactly technique-based. It was impressive. He’s an impressive athlete.”

Despite being dropped in the first 60 seconds of the fight, Sonnen regained his composer. “The American Gangster” looked to be fairing well but then inexplicably dove over Emelianenko thus losing position.

“The dive roll, I was going to lose that position anyway,” said Sonnen. “I was falling over the top so I tried to tuck his chin and go. I used to do that move all of the time in college and I always got it. But I missed it tonight. I rolled right over.”

Fedor would capitalize on Sonnen’s mistake and make him pay. “The Last Emperor” went vintage Pride Fighting Championship on West Lins bad boy. Battering Sonnen with a flurry of punches forcing the referee to stop the fight.

How Hard Does Fedor Hit?

“I don’t think I’ve ever been ground-and-pounded like that,” Sonnen said. “I thought there was opportunity there, I was covering up and I thought that he was slowing down. The referee warned me — he said, ‘If you don’t move I am going to stop this.’ But I didn’t think he would because they were going into my hands. I thought I was blocking them, I thought I was having a rope-a-dope moment. I thought I was luring him in. That was a bad strategy it turns out. That was a bad plan.”

Emelianenko will move on to face Ryan Bader in the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix.

As for Sonnen, his future is a little less certain. That’s not to say he doesn’t have options. If he has it his way, Sonnen would prefer a return to his more natural fighting weight of 205 pounds.

 “We’ll see what happens,” said Sonnen. “If they want to do a losers ball and play this thing all the way out to third [place] then maybe we do that. But I don’t know. That’s up to (Bellator president) Scott Coker. If you ask me what weight class I’d rather be in, I’d say 205 is more appropriate.”

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Ryan Bader Assesses Fedor Emelianenko’s Performance At Bellator 208

Ryan Bader has given his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko’s Bellator 208 performance. Bader was in attendance for Bellator 208 to see a semifinal match in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix. Just one night prior, Bader punched his ticket to t…

Ryan Bader has given his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko’s Bellator 208 performance. Bader was in attendance for Bellator 208 to see a semifinal match in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix. Just one night prior, Bader punched his ticket to the finals by defeating Matt Mitrione via unanimous decision. Emelianenko ended up finishing Chael Sonnen […]

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