UFC Legend Chael Sonnen Questions Floyd Mayweather’s Legacy With a Rihanna Reference

Published 04/23/2022, 7:54 AM EDT

Chael Sonnen is widely regarded as the greatest trash talker in UFC history. Sometimes he extends his interest to the boxing spectrum. One such incident was when he plunged into American boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather.

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In an old television interview, when the host asked Sonnen what he thinks about Mayweather’s fight, he said, “Look, Floyd needs to keep doing what he’s doing. Which is fighting complete tomato cans who we’ve never heard of before.”

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“I’ve never seen anybody in the history of America get so rich and so famous of having complete whips throwing punch at their faces. And I know what you’re saying.”

‘The American gangster’ was pointing out the less popular opponents he had faced and made money by winning them.

“Well, it’s happened before. What about Rihanna? Shame on you. Classless, I will not stand for that. I will not stand for that. But, however, boxing has a misconception.”

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He went on to compare Mayweather’s success to the sensational singer, Rihanna. Sonnen spares no one when it comes to displaying his savage talks.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Chael Sonnen conducts a Q&A session with fans during the UFC Fan Expo Las Vegas 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Powers/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With his trash talk and unrivaled wrestling skills, “The People’s Champ” enjoyed a fantastic run in the UFC. Until he decided to retire, which stunned his fans.

Chael Sonnen’s life after UFC

Through his savage talks, Sonnen drew a lot of attention. However, he has never won a championship title in his career. He competed in UFC and became the top contender in both lightweight and middleweight divisions.

Having an impeccable record of (31-17-1) Sonnen has locked horns with all greats in the game during his time. It includes Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping, and more.

He retired after UFC 167, losing to Rashad Evans via a first-round knockout. He tried his luck in Bellator MMA, where he lost to Lyoto Machida in the first round via a flying knee knockout. Post the fight, he officially announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.

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After retiring as a player recognized for his talks, he became a UFC commentator and is widely liked for his comments on the sport and players’ performance.

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Recently, he joined Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle Fighting Championship as a commentator.

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The veteran started his own fighting promotion, known as Submission Underground. The pure wrestling promotion has seen a rise in wrestling fans’ universe.

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Vinay Vinod

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Vinay Vinod is a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. As a state-level amateur kickboxer and a national-level karate athlete, he prides himself on his ability to read fighters and make an in-depth analysis into the fight styles of athletes across traditional martial arts and combat sports. Considering Vinay's martial arts background, he is an ardent supporter of Israel Adesanya, Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, and Lyoto Machida.

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