Dana White: Chael Sonnen’s cheating accusation against Leon Edwards ‘utterly unfair’
Chael Sonnen has discussed numerous problems that have gotten Dana White’s attention, then again hardly ever does he get a rebuke from the UFC president.
That changed Tuesday evening time when White spoke back to Sonnen’s recent accusation that Leon Edwards “cheated” a few cases previous than knocking out welterweight champ Kamaru Usman with a head kick inside the UFC 278 headliner.
Sonnen cited repeated fence grabs by way of Edwards — and the absence of stage deductions from the referee — in wrestling sequences with Usman as a pivotal collection that prepare the highlight-reel finish. White, alternatively, driven apart the rest untoward inside the new champ’s potency.
“He used to be champion with a head kick,” White discussed at the post-fight press conference for DWCS Season 6, Week 6. “He didn’t win by way of grabbing the fence. I indicate, he got utterly dominated in that complete fight, except for that couple minutes inside the first round.
“He got utterly dominated, and that’s completely unfair of Chael Sonnen to say that. That kid sucked it up, dug down deep, and landed if truth be told the easiest head kick with, like, a minute left inside the fight. I may say that’s silly, ridiculous, and entirely unfair to say.”
Quite a few MMA observers recognized fouls on each side all through the welterweight title fight and cited ref Herb Dean’s uneven device of warnings for Edwards’ fence grabs and glove-holding later inside the fight.
Sonnen opined that Usman used to be as soon as “quite a lot of of a gentleman” to protest and discussed a right away rematch inside the works ruled out the need to title out Edwards’ behavior. Then again the three-time UFC title challenger discussed the story needed to be set at once.
“Kamaru Usman could also be very much more likely to smother you and change you when he’s on highest of you,” Sonnen discussed. “He is most likely to finish a fight from that position, specifically when he has you pinned up against the fence. Kamaru did three times, Leon changed the positioning and got out of that three times by way of cheating.
“So now you’re in a fifth round that you simply not at all should’ve been in, potentially – you are taking a kick in a fight that you simply were a success, that you simply were having a look to finish, and in addition you had the positioning you needed to get discussed finish and the opponent cheated three times.”
White has discussed the promotion is working on a right away rematch between Usman and Edwards to occur somewhere inside the U.Adequate., Edwards’ adopted area country. Edwards’ instructor has forged doubt on Usman’s talent to dance once more after the knockout loss. Prior to the head kick inside the fifth round, Edwards used to be as soon as down 3-1 on each and every judges’ scorecard.