Chael Sonnen and Drew Dober join UFC World
MAY 20, 2014 5:29p ET
On this week's UFC World podcast Chael Sonnen talks Ronda Rousey, psychological warfare and discusses the UFC 173 card. Sonnen believes Jake Ellenberger needs to make the step up to contender against Robbie Lawler, Dan Henderson should not be written off against Daniel Cormier, whom he rates highly, and TJ Dillashaw needs a lucky break against Renan Barao to unseat the champion.
Drew Dober admits he was a nerdy kid until his decided at 14, with the agreement of his mother, who raised him as a single parent, that he was taking up MMA. Dober also talks of his delight at being named alongside
Chael Sonnen as a podcast guest, and that he's happy to play the heel against Nick Hein in Germany at UFC Fight Night Berlin on May 31. He also weighs in on UFC 173.
On Ronda Rousey, Sonnen says: "She's the whole thing for women's MMA. I know there are some girls who don't get along with her but, at the end of the day, when they put their heads down at night they've got to be grateful."
Saying that, there are some other girls that aren't too far behind. I think that Miesha Tate has done a great job and Gina Carano has a place in it all. But Ronda is the one coming out and making things happen. She's the one who said this is a fight and we can be ladylike after it's over. She's been refreshing, compelling and entertaining."
Dober, meanwhile, opens up about his life. "I was the small, nerdy kid. who had played no team sports. I got into Japanese anime, watched that, and then decided to get into martial arts. I went from a small kid to being really into strength and conditioning, and the into fighting." Dober's strengths are through Muay Thai. "I love Muay Thai - it's what I really thrived on to begin with," explained the versatile character who worked as a baker, painter and electrician in his early MMA career while he was also finishing his schooling.
UFC World podcast host Gareth A Davies can be contacted on Twitter: @GarethADaviesDT