Former UFC superstar and current MMA commentator Chael Sonnen has made some very interesting comments on the psychological state of Conor McGregor heading into UFC 194.
Chael Sonnen was a guest on Submission Radio this week to discuss the various clashes approaching at UFC 194. Analysing the event, Sonnen spent some time discussing the Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor fight which many feel is one of the biggest fights in the history of the UFC.
For Sonnen, the pressure on both Aldo and McGregor is now astronomical and although he said fighters normally go into bouts of this magnitude convinced of victory, in this case, he feels both the Irishman and the Brazilian are terrified that they are going to lose.
I have never seen a fight of this magnitude where both guys are so scared that they’re going to lose. Every time you have a huge fight in wrestling, in boxing, in MMA, both guys are sure they’re going to win. They really believe it. These guys are so scared of one another and so positive that the other guy is going to beat them.
I’ve never seen anything like it. Conor McGregor is feathering a nest for a fall. It’s so apparent to a guy who understands the psychology of sport. He just did an interview where he said, ‘The secret ingredient to success is failure’ and ‘nobody can really be the best until they get beat.’ That’s just not true. I could name a bunch of guys who went undefeated. You don’t have to get beat. It was a weird thing for him to say and he was feathering the nest.
And Jose Aldo listen, this guy’s just a chicken. I can’t even tell you how good Jose Aldo is but he doesn’t think it. When Georges St-Pierre retired and Jon Jones was absent, I had Jose Aldo the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. That’s how highly I think of him. But that guy’s a chicken. He’s pulled out of five fights. He’s already pulled out of this one once.
Neither one of these guys thinks they’re going to win this fight. I’ve never seen anything like it. The average viewer doesn’t get that. It’s entertaining, it’s fun and all of these things but I’m telling you straight up as an athlete who gets sports psychology, these guys are scared of each other!
Check out Sonnen’s somewhat controversial comments in full in the video below.