Chael Sonnen has a background in wrestling, and he has never moved away from that while growing into a title-contender in the UFC.
Sonnen, though, doesn’t necessarily share the same views concerning the recent news that wrestling will not be a part of the Summer Olympics after 2016.
The IOC sent down word earlier this week that the sport would be removed following a vote by the members. The wrestling community grew into an outrage, but Sonnen believes that maybe it is time – in fact, he feels the writing has been on the wall for a while now.
Below is what Sonnen had to say concerning the matter on UFC Tonight recently:
How do you get rid of wrestling? It is the oldest sport in existence and in no walk of society can you tell me that seniority does not matter. Nothing can date itself back as far as wrestling. They didn’t have bikes, they didn’t have balls, and they didn’t have bats: They were pushing and pulling on one another. We have an idiocracy known as FILA (Federation Internationale des Luttes Associees) that has ruined the sport. We have two knuckleheads – who you couldn’t trust to run your local donut shop – regulating our sport of wrestling. At the same time – is this a surprise? Though it’s disappointing, no it isn’t. It’s basic science: the number-one rule in biology is that you either evolve or you become extinct. It’s over, guys. It’s not over in 2020 – it’s over in 2016. Here are the facts they’re not telling you: Wrestling in this country is supported by the United States Olympic Committee. That ATM is going to close the second they roll up the mat in 2016. We’ve got three and a half years left. It’s over, prepare the eulogy.