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Chael Sonnen Confirms He’s Not Going To Brazil To Corner Yushin Okami

Chael Sonnen isn’t going to Brazil after all.

Sonnen confirmed the news to MMA Junkie, claiming that one of Okami’s major sponsors asked him not to go and there’s a chance he could be arrested if he sets foot in the country he’s been blasting for over a year.

Sonnen said a major sponsor of Okami’s requested he not attend the pay-per-view event, which takes place Saturday at Rio’s HSBC Arena.

A source with knowledge of the situation told ( that Praetorian, a Brazil-based MMA brand, threatened to pull the Japanese fighter’s sponsorship if Sonnen attended.

“There’s a line of people that want to kick his ass,” the source said.

And that could be the least of problems for the expert trash-talker. Sonnen said friends in the country forwarded him a local-media report in which a police chief threatened to arrest him on sight if he showed. The official cited a law that makes disparaging the national identity a crime.

“You don’t have freedom of speech in Brazil; put it like that,” Sonnen told after a workout at Team Quest Tualatin.

The source said Sonnen’s claim is untrue. But the fighter’s bombastic interviews have created quite a stir.

So basically, Brazil doesn’t want him there. Shocking, I know.

Sonnen went on to say that he was only going to Brazil to help Okami and was afraid his presence was going to be more a distraction than anything else. Chael wants it to be “his moment, his night, his time to be a world champ.”

Sonnen made no mention however of the lynch mob on Facebook that was organized to give him a “warm welcome” to Brazil when he got there.

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

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