Chael Sonnen's mother terrified something bad will happen to him in Brazil
'The American Gangster' has a very concerned mommy.
Chael Sonnen's mother, Claudia, is worried about her son being in hostile Brazil to film the country's next season of 'The Ultimate Fighter.' And, really, who can blame her?
Sonnen has infuriated Brazilians by painting their homeland as backward and taking aim at Brazil's biggest MMA stars like Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort and the Nogueira brothers with his unique (and oftentimes hilarious) brand of trash talk.
Sonnen's rants against Brazil have been tongue-in-cheek, but it's easy to assume that has gotten lost in the translation. To Brazilians, Sonnen hates them and Brazilians really, really hate Sonnen.
Now, he has to go coach a team of them against adored Wanderlei Silva.
"I'm worried about his safety during filming there," Claudia told Brazilian website Mano a Mano. "I know you all are legal, decent people."
"All" might be wishful thinking. When Sonnen was in Brazil before fighting Anderson Silva at UFC 148 in 2012, he was hit with a shock pen during a media scrum - and that was by a reporter. At the time, he called it a prank. We call it a precursor.
Back in April, Sonnen was in Las Vegas for the TUF Finale and a heckling Brazilian fan took a swing at him from the stands.
Is there any way Sonnen can coach his team via satellite? Bringing him to and from the gym every day is going to be a serious security procedure.
The former middleweight and light heavyweight No. 1 contender says he's not afraid of what could potentially happen to him down there, but let's face it. Part of him has to regret all those Brazil rips - except the one where he said the Nogueira brothers tried to feed a carrot to a bus, because they thought it was a horse. That was outstanding.
"My sister and her family received an exchange student from Brazil who has lived in her house when Chael was younger and they have shared many hours with each other," Claudia Sonnen. "That said, it only takes one to ruin it ... and I pray that you not allow someone to reach Chael in person. He is a great coach and is eager to help the young fighters as much as he can."
Please, please let there be a way to watch this in the states.