twitter google

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

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis

Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD