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Chael Sonnen believes Ronaldo Souza should be removed from UFC rankings after refusing UFC 199 title fight

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Chael P. Sonnen does not mince words.

Despite not actively competing in mixed martial arts (MMA), the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight title challenger is as clued in as anybody in the sport. His time as an analyst for ESPN and commentator for World Series of Fighting is a testament to his involvement and knowledge of a life he has left behind (for now).

Well, Sonnen has once again made headlines after remarking over Ronald Souza’s inability to step in on short notice at UFC 199 on June 4 to challenge current champion Luke Rockhold for the 185-pound title after Chris Weidman pulled out. Instead, long-time divisional contender Michael Bisping will get his first title shot as he meets Rockhold in a rematch.

“[Souza] is great. I would never make believe that he’s not,” said Sonnen in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour (transcribed by MMA Fighting). But the bottom line is, the word is ‘yes.’ If you want an opportunity in America, when one comes, you need to know one word and that is ‘yes.’ The difference between Michael Bisping and everybody else is one word: ‘yes.’ When the opportunity came, that’s what he said. ‘Jacare’ is hurt? Look, fine, I’m sure he is hurt after that long, drawn-out war he just had with Vitor. You think Michael Bisping isn’t hurt? Of course he’s hurt. Whether he advertising it or not, he goes in and fights men everyday. There’s no way to not be hurt. Who gives a damn if you’re hurt, man? You’re either a tough guy or you aren’t.”

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Source:: mma mania