Sonnen: ‘telefoongesprek met Renzo Gracie veranderde me’

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Chael Sonnen is de laatste tijd in aanloop naar zijn gevecht met Anderson Silva iets rustiger dan normaal. Zijn flamboyante uitspraken over Brazilianen waar hij altijd de aandacht mee trekt zijn de laatste tijd op één te tellen, terwijl Anderson Silva door zijn uitspraken meer de headlines trekt. Dit komt allemaal door een telefoontje van Renzo Gracie.

Renzo Gracie bevestigde dit gesprek op mmafighting.com en zei daar het volgende over:

“I just told him that if he kept that trash talking he would be taking the greatness of the task that he had ahead of him,” Gracie said. “He is fighting one of the best fighters of our generation, and people would lose the chance to know the real Sonnen, a great athlete who I saw young fighting hard back in the Japan days, building his career as a fierce fighter, a career that ended up turning him into one of the amazing people that populate our great sport.

“I just asked him to behave with the greatness of a champion. Many fighters dream with that opportunity, to fight the best and test themselves in the toughest sport that existed. Be great, be bold, be fair, and above all, be honest. Some will love you, others will hate you, but they will know who you really are. Fight this fight in a way that will be unforgettable to those who had the privilege to watch. I won’t miss a second of this great match.”