Sonnen Voices Opinion On Fighter Withdrawals.
“Particularly from the weigh in to the ring. In any other sport, you lose, you lose by forfeit.
Chael Sonnen clearly isn’t a man to bite his tongue. Recently Sonnen aired his grievances about fighters withdrawing from fights. This stems from the events that happened at UFC 213, where Amanda Nunes was due to defend her bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes pulled with chronic sinusitis, with the poor timing, no replacement could be found.
So with that happening, Sonnen let his thoughts be known by saying: “Particularly from the weigh-in to the ring. In any other sport, you lose, you lose by forfeit. This would never happen in a Super Bowl or NBA. There should be some kind of a clause in there. I’m not thrilled about it, to tell you the truth. This entire sport is about finding out about who is tougher at a specific time or place.”
However in addition to saying that, surprisingly Sonnen did have something nice to say stating: “If she says she can’t fight, you never want to kick anyone when they are down. If she is sick or hurt whatever the case, you just want to wish them well, but that has got to be frustrating when somebody gets checked out by a doctor, it’s the main event and they decide not to. I would not smooth the whole thing over.”
But Sonnen may have a point. Over the past year or so, there has been a rise in fighters pulling out of bouts. Cain Valesquez, Ian McCall and Khabib Nurmagomedov are a few names that have pulled out of their fair share of fights. This isn’t anything new in the UFC, nor MMA as many fighters have done it in the past. Last year (2016) saw 17 main events cancelled in the UFC alone for various reasons.
So do you think Sonnen is right? Should fighters get a loss on their record for pulling out? Let us know in the comment section below.