Chael Sonnen: Unbooked 'cowards' who wouldn't fight Cormier should quit UFC
FEB 13, 2014 2:05p ET
Chael Sonnen will not be fighting Daniel Cormier next week and the entire situation ticks him off.
Sonnen told FOX Sports on Thursday that the UFC is going to move the fight between Cormier and Rashad Evans. The company wasn’t able to find a short-notice replacement for Evans, who has a knee injury.
Sonnen was willing to take the Feb. 22 fight at UFC 170 in Las Vegas, but he already has a fight booked against Wanderlei Silva in May. Plus, he’s down in Brazil right now filming The Ultimate Fighter. He called the light heavyweights on the UFC roster who didn’t want to fill in for Evans “cowards.”
“DC is a top contender,” Sonnen said via text message. “For people to not jump at the shot to fight him is more than confusing, it’s infuriating. The UFC is plagued with cowards. If you are a light heavyweight who isn’t booked and you didn’t offer to fight him, please, I beg you, quit.”
When the news came down Wednesday night that Evans would be out, Sonnen immediately threw his hat in the ring replace him via Twitter.
Cormier was supposed to make his light heavyweight debut in this contender fight. He told MMA Fighting that he was “very sad” that he won’t be able to compete after doing all that work to cut weight. He begged for anyone – Sonnen or Anthony Johnson, specifically – to step in. Johnson is already booked for a fight against Phil Davis at UFC 172 in April and that’s where Cormier-Evans is likely to land, too.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told Yahoo! that Evans won’t need surgery on his knee, just four weeks of rehab.
Evans didn’t return a message from FOX Sports on Wednesday night.