Chael Sonnen has hit back at Joe Rogan calling Alex Pereira’s weight at the UFC’s middleweight division on fight day “sanctioned cheating”. UFC commentator argued on his podcast that Pereira’s weight gives him a major advantage and as was the case against Israel Adesanya where Poatan picked up an impressive fifth-round stoppage win to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion.
Pereria reportedly weighed around 220 lbs less than 12 hours after the official weigh-ins, raising eyebrows over his size and weight advantage at the 185lbs division.
“He certainly gets above that (220 lbs) in between fights. He has a hard time making 185. It’s a bullsh*t thing but everybody does it. But Izzy barely does it. When Izzy went up to fight Jan Blachowicz at light-heavyweight, he was 194, which is crazy because Blachowicz is a giant light-heavyweight.” Joe Rogan said.
Now, Chael Sonnen has come out in support of Pereira and hit back at Joe Rogan for using the word “cheating”.
Chael Sonnen comes out in support of Alex Pereira after Joe Rogan’s recent comments
The word “cheating” is quite a “powerful language” in reference to any athlete. Needless to say, the remarks did not go well with Sonnen who argued there’s nothing wrong with Pereira dropping down to the middleweight limit as long as everything is done legally. He further added, if everything is done legally, it’s not cheating.
“Joe Rogan came out and said that Pereira’s size is sanctioned cheating. Powerful, very powerful language.”
“If you are using words like that you better be specific. The rule in all 50 states and jurisdictions abroad, say you must make weight within a window, you must be below the weight class at a specific time.” Sonnen said.
“There is also rules on how you can rehydrate, how you can replenish. Were any of those rules broken and I am going to have to superpose that no, there’s not even a rumor that they are otherwise the word “sanctioned cheating” wouldn’t apply. It would have been just cheating.” He further added.
The real reason why Alex Pereira competes in the light-heavyweight division
Shedding light on the rules of rehydration, and how a fighter can lose weight illegally by drawing out blood from his body among other methods, Sonnen supported Alex Pereira considering everything he did to make weight was legal.“If it’s legal and it’s allowed, we can’t use the word cheating. If it’s sanctioned and it’s acceptable and it’s above board, we can’t use the word cheating. Are you talking about a sanctioned advantage? That’s a debate for another day. I don’t see very often in my life the guys that pulls the most weight has the greatest return.” He said.
It’s hard not to agree with Chael Sonnen. In the past, we have seen the likes of Robert Whittaker and Gilbert Burns due suffer because of weight cuts. Whittaker and Burns both had a lackluster outing in the welterweight and lightweight divisions respectively and found huge success after moving up a weight class.
Sonnen further made a case that Pereira is not moving up a weight class to avoid any kind of tension in fight camp with Glover Teixeira, who competes in the light-heavyweight division and is set to take on Jiri Prochazka in a rematch for the title at UFC 282.
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