Chael Sonnen is well and truly in Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s bad books.
Former UFC and PRIDE FC champion Jackson appeared on Inside MMA this week to talk to Bas Rutten about where he is up to in his career right now. Jackson affirmed his intention to depart the UFC after the final fight of his current contract, which he wants to be against Glover Teixeira.
“I wanna see what else is out there. I want to see if the grass is greener on the other side. So this is the last fight on my contract on my contract and I am gonna destroy Glover [then I am going to leave],” he said.
The conversation covered the state of MMA in general. Jackson thinks boring fights and gameplan fighters are killing the sport and he saluted Teixeira’s all-action style as the kind of thing that is needed to maintain viewer interest.
Trash talk was also discussed as a means of generating fan engagement and it was here that Chael Sonnen - who has just landed a TUF coaching spot and a light-heavyweight title shot despite coming off a loss - came up in the conversation.
“His mouth gets his him fights. What's his name? How do you say his name, ‘Chael'? His mouth gets his ass in trouble. The dude is exciting for like two minutes, but then you just wanna turn down the volume, like, 'Dude, what the hell you talkin' about?' He sounds like he practices his stuff in the mirror, and then he goes out and says it. He's a great wrestler. That's all I'm gonna say, 'cuz everything else sucks,” snapped Jackson.
“He can't punch hard. Look what he did to Anderson Silva. He did a great job holding him down, making a boring fighter out of a decorated champion, for five rounds. After the fight - I didn’t see the fight but I head about it - I see that Anderson Silva didn't have a mark on him. Not a mark."
“I talk trash, but I talk trash about people I'm actually gonna fight who are actually in my weight class. This guy, he talks trash about ring girls. He talks trash about the President. Now, that's a little bit too much. He's very disrespectful. I don't like the guy. For real.
“The stuff he says about me… I like to joke around as much as anybody but for real, if I see Chael Sonnen, and he says anything to my face, I don't know if I'm gonna smack him or not. I don't know. I don't like the guy.”