Lyoto Machida Speaks On Chael Sonnen’s Retirement Announcement

Lyoto Machida was all class when he discussed Chael Sonnen’s decision to retire. Machida took on Sonnen on Friday night (June 14) in the co-main event of Bellator 222. The action took place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. “Th…

Lyoto Machida was all class when he discussed Chael Sonnen’s decision to retire. Machida took on Sonnen on Friday night (June 14) in the co-main event of Bellator 222. The action took place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. “The Dragon” dropped Sonnen in the opening frame with a flush flying knee. Sonnen […]

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Lyoto Machida Won’t Rule Out Middleweight Title Shot Following Bellator 222

Lyoto Machida enjoys not having to cut a lot of weight at light heavyweight, but he won’t rule out a return to middleweight. Machida took on Chael Sonnen in the co-main event of Bellator 222 last night (June 14). “The Dragon” landed a…

Lyoto Machida enjoys not having to cut a lot of weight at light heavyweight, but he won’t rule out a return to middleweight. Machida took on Chael Sonnen in the co-main event of Bellator 222 last night (June 14). “The Dragon” landed a clean flying knee to the jaw of Sonnen in the opening frame, […]

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Chael Sonnen Explains His Decision To Retire After Bellator 222 Loss

Last night (Fri. June 14, 2019) one of the legends of mixed martial arts (MMA) decided to retire from the sport. Multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen announced he is done fighting after his TKO loss to Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of Bellator 222. The festivities took place from Madison Square Garden in […]

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Last night (Fri. June 14, 2019) one of the legends of mixed martial arts (MMA) decided to retire from the sport.

Multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen announced he is done fighting after his TKO loss to Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of Bellator 222. The festivities took place from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Following his loss to Machida, Sonnen laid his gloves down in the cage and announced he is walking away from the sport.

Speaking at the post-Bellator 222 press conference, Sonnen explained his decision to walk away after having been fighting professionally since 1997. “The Bad Guy” explained that he actually hadn’t pre-planned this before the fight. He fully expected to win before calling out Bellator light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Ryan Bader:

“No, that was – no, I didn’t have that planned,” Sonnen said. “I thought I was going to win this fight, I was going to call out Ryan Bader, everything was going my way, until it wasn’t. But I don’t regret it, it was a No. 1-contenders match, I thought it was a big opportunity, and it was. And, it’s somebody else’s turn.”

As for why he made the decision to walk away now, Sonnen said he thinks he has used up all his toughness. He also allowed Machida to get the better of him in several positions where he usually excels, positions he’d typically “walk through”:

“Well, you gotta be tough,” Sonnen said. “You gotta be tough in this sport, and I feel like I used all my toughness up. There was some positions in there that, before in my career, I’d walk right through them – and I didn’t mind losing to him in his spots, like some of the stuff on our feet, those jumping knees, and whatnot, but I did mind losing to him in my spots.

“He was on top of me, I didn’t think he’d be on top of me, I thought I could’ve scrambled, I could’ve got up. I used to be tougher, I used to want it more, I used to have grit, and I just felt like I fired my last bullet. I didn’t have that same grit, and it’s time to move on.”

Check out the full Bellator 222 post-fight press conference here below:

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Bellator 222 Highlights: Lyoto Machida Pounds Chael Sonnen Into Retirement

Chael Sonnen’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career has come to an end. In the co-main event of tonight’s (Fri. June 14, 2019) Bellator 222 event from New York City’s Madison Square Garden, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida picked up a TKO win over Chael Sonnen. Machida nailed Sonnen with a knee as he […]

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Chael Sonnen’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career has come to an end.

In the co-main event of tonight’s (Fri. June 14, 2019) Bellator 222 event from New York City’s Madison Square Garden, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida picked up a TKO win over Chael Sonnen. Machida nailed Sonnen with a knee as he came in on a takedown, and finished “The Bad Guy” on the ground for the win.

After the loss, Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA. Check out the finish to the fight here:

Bellator 222 continues to roll on. You can follow along with LowKickMMA’s live coverage of the event here. We’ll continue to bring you the best highlights of the night as the event rolls on.

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Bellator 222’s Lyoto Machida Says Fighting In MSG Is ‘Dream Come True’

Lyoto Machida is happy to get an opportunity to compete inside “The World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden in New York City. This Friday night (June 14), Machida will collide with Chael Sonnen. The bout is being contested in…

Lyoto Machida is happy to get an opportunity to compete inside “The World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden in New York City. This Friday night (June 14), Machida will collide with Chael Sonnen. The bout is being contested in the light heavyweight division and serves as Bellator 222‘s co-main event. While Bellator president Scott […]

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Lyoto Machida Admits He Wanted Trash Talk From Chael Sonnen

Bellator 222 which takes place this weekend at New York’s Madison Square Garden as Lyoto Machida meets Chael Sonnen in a light heavyweight affair. Unlike previous Sonnen fights, even in his Bellator tenure, the buildup has been more respectful rather than involving back-and-forth trash talk. While some fighters prefer having a respectful buildup to a […]

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Bellator 222 which takes place this weekend at New York’s Madison Square Garden as Lyoto Machida meets Chael Sonnen in a light heavyweight affair.

Unlike previous Sonnen fights, even in his Bellator tenure, the buildup has been more respectful rather than involving back-and-forth trash talk. While some fighters prefer having a respectful buildup to a fight, Machida would have actually liked for Sonnen to ramp up the trash talk to help promote the fight further.

“He’s very respectful of me, and I appreciate that,” Machida told MMA Junkie Radio. “But actually, I’d like him to promote the fight a little bit more, because he knows how to do that. I’m not worried about trash talk. If it’s going to be good for the fight, I’m OK, man.”

Machida enjoyed a successful Bellator debut last year when he defeated former middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho via split decision. He will now look to make it two wins in a row, which could set him up for a rematch with current champion Gegard Mousasi.

But despite his long and storied career in mixed martial arts, “The Dragon” still had jitters when he made his promotional debut. However, there are no more problems now.

“I was a little bit concerned about my first fight (in Bellator) because, as a fighter, you never know,” he added. “When you step into a different cage sometimes you can feel the pressure. My fight was against a very tough opponent, Rafael Carvalho, who’s a former middleweight champion. Now I can’t wait to step in there again.”

Bellator 222 will be headlined by a welterweight grand prix semifinal between current 170-pound champion Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie.

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