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Chael Sonnen doesn’t take into account himself a UFC Corridor of Famer regardless of 2024 induction

Chael Sonnen doesn’t think he’s a true UFC Hall of Famer. At UFC 300, Sonnen received a pleasant surprise when during the main card broadcast, the promotion announced that his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 117 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer in the Fight Wing. But for as touched

Chael Sonnen doesn’t take into account himself a UFC Corridor of Famer regardless of 2024 induction

Chael Sonnen doesn’t assume he’s a real UFC Corridor of Famer.

At UFC 300, Sonnen obtained a pleasing shock when throughout the principle card broadcast, the promotion introduced that his combat with Anderson Silva at UFC 117 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer in the Fight Wing. However for as touched as he was by the second, “The American Gangster” doesn’t imagine he’s a real Corridor of Famer. No less than not but.

“Would I take into account [myself a Hall of Famer]? No, I wouldn’t,” Sonnen stated Wednesday on The MMA Hour. “You both are otherwise you aren’t. However no, I don’t assume so. I feel it’s important to go in. I don’t assume a combat can go in [for you]. I don’t assume that makes me a Corridor of Famer, I feel it makes a Corridor of Fame combat. That’s all the time been my interpretation of it. The fellows that go in individually, I really feel like are in a distinct class.”

Silva is already within the Corridor — inducted to the Pioneer Wing in 2023 — and whether or not he considers himself one or not, Sonnen now joins his outdated rival for his or her epic battle, which received Combat of the 12 months honors in 2010.

As has been customized for these kinds of bulletins, the UFC made positive Sonnen was in attendance on the occasion, working as an analyst and persona. Sonnen says the precise reveal got here as an entire shock to him.

“I by no means knew,” Sonnen stated when recounting the scene. “Hindsight, all the pieces is so apparent. I used to be there once they introduced Wanderlei [Silva] in [for his Hall of Fame announcement]. They put him in the identical chair, they introduced him up on the identical level within the present. However no, I didn’t know.

“What I used to be instructed, even the day earlier than, is, ‘We’re going to come back and get you and after the second combat, proper earlier than the BMF, you and Megan [Olivi] are going to go do a stay factor on the significance of the BMF.’ … Then positive sufficient, Megan got here up — and Megan even had a script. And he or she stated, ‘Hey, is there something you don’t need me to ask you?’ After which she made notes as I responded to her.

“However the inform was once we went all the way down to the seat, the seat stated ‘Chael’ on it. I bear in mind considering, ‘Wow, for this little tiny spot within the present, their producers are so good that they’ve even obtained a chair marked for me with my title on it.’ That ought to have been the inform, however it wasn’t. I didn’t know and I’m actually glad. It was a really good shock. Very enjoyable second.”

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All in all, it was a beautiful second for Sonnen, who was arguably the most important star within the sport throughout the peak of his profession. After the video bundle rolled, Sonnen seemed to be just a little emotional at what simply occurred, however ever in character, “The Unhealthy Man” put that all the way down to shock and awe.

“Not that I do know of,” Sonnen stated when requested if he obtained emotional. “I couldn’t hear! Once you’re so shut, you may’t hear the acoustics. Apparently Jon Anik made the announcement — and I heard Anik say one thing about August 2010 and the time in California, and I bear in mind considering, ‘I do know the place I used to be in August in [2010], I do know the time I used to be in Oakland.’ I bear in mind considering this, however I by no means heard them say, ‘You’re in.’ In order that they had been taking part in the montage and I obtained up and I whispered to Megan, ‘What’s taking place proper now?’ She stated, ‘You’re within the Corridor of Fame!’ My goodness! It was a beautiful second. You don’t get stunned very many instances in life, notably as an grownup … it was superior. It was a really enjoyable shock.”

Silva and Sonnen be part of UFC champions Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Frankie Edgar, and former Delight champion Wanderlei Silva as 2024 Corridor of Fame inductees, and can be inducted throughout the 2024 UFC Corridor of Fame ceremony on June 27 at T-Cellular Enviornment, in Las Vegas.

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