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Chael Sonnen: ‘History is not going to reflect well on Fedor Emelianenko’

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Forgettable. That’s how Chael Sonnen sees Fedor Emelianenko’s MMA career in the future.

The retired UFC star thinks hardcore MMA fans have a skewed perspective of Emelianenko and his accomplishments, he said Monday on the 300th episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Sonnen doesn’t think “The Last Emperor” is really on the radar of the casual fanbase.

“He’s definitely overrated,” Sonnen said. “But he’s not that highly rated. The people who listen to your show, the people who listen to my podcast, we have some hardcore fans. They watched him over in Japan. They watched some of those matches and they’re more than happy to forget when he came over to the states and actually did a sanctioned fight with a real referee that’s not wearing an earpiece. They forgot about those. The average human being doesn’t have the foggiest idea of who he is. And history is not going to reflect well on Fedor Emelianenko, as far as his MMA career goes.”

As far as Emelianenko’s big comeback, Sonnen thinks he was very smart to sign with former PRIDE boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara and fight in Japan. Sakakibara was supposed to announce Emelianenko’s opponent for New Year’s Eve in ….View original article