This past Saturday, du Plessis and Strickland battled it out within the principle occasion of UFC 297 with the middleweight title on the road. After a competitive bout, du Plessis took dwelling a ruin up resolution buy to direct the belt. Within the aftermath, a preference of fans and Strickland himself claimed theft, but Sonnen believes that’s ridiculous.
“I don’t masks my bias. I strive to be honest [but] I’m a human being,” Sonnen acknowledged on his YouTube channel. “So after I undoubtedly dangle a bias, I tell it to you guys. I tell it and then I tranquil strive to be honest. So I’m cheering for Sean. … We lost every round. We lost every round of the battle.
“There was even a hope space. The hope space came within the invent of commentary from Dominick Cruz. Dominick Cruz was hasty dismissed by Jon Anik — who was moral to fail to recollect him. What Dominick acknowledged was, ‘Don’t forget, this is afflict. Yes, du Plessis is pressuring him. Yes, du Plessis is picking what fluctuate they battle in. He’s the supreme one wrestling tonight. Yes, du Plessis is touching him extra with fingers and ft, but that’s not the components. The components is afflict.’ I added a lot to Dominick’s words there. He acknowledged, ‘If you occur to scrutinize on the afflict, I judge Strickland is a success the battle.’
“That’s what we name a hope space. That’s where I get honest a puny little bit of hope going, but then Jon apt Dom … ‘Hi there, that’s not inside the principles. That isn’t fully how it undoubtedly works even as you’re taking a peep at a 10-9 must diagram.’ … Cease of the battle comes, and the fifth round I give to Strickland. Now, after I notify I give to Strickland, I’m making a prediction about what I feel about the judges are going to make. … I interpret you that because, after I interpret you that Strickland obtained the fifth round, I’m not obvious he did. It was very cessation. It was his finest round. I don’t judge he did, but he could well dangle.”
Following UFC 297, other MMA figures moreover defended du Plessis’s buy, but Sonnen’s belief that du Plessis swept all the rounds isn’t broadly held. The two judges who scored the battle for du Plessis handiest gave him three rounds. But Sonnen stands by his thought, though he did provide a probably motive he was so off from the consensus.
“In my heart, I judge it was 5-0,” Sonnen acknowledged. “With a accurate bias in opposition to Strickland, it was 5-0, and an absolute finest case 4-1. And I judge the group, for doubtlessly the most share, agreed with me. … It looked love they had no affirm with the ratings. I used to be worried when it was a ruin up resolution. And I’m not love most guys, ‘I real desire a factual, supreme adjudication.’ I don’t. I desire my man to buy. I don’t care if it’s by hook or prison. I don’t ideas that at all. So if we’re going to buy one from du Plessis, and dangle our hat on what Dominick Cruz acknowledged, ‘Hi there we bought outworked, out-forced, backed up your complete time, didn’t modify where the battle came about, even though we did that, we busted your face up bigger than you busted ours,’ I’m in! I’ll drink to that. Let’s plod on with our day.
“So when one [scorecard] came in for Strickland, I used to be shocked. Now, my greatest surprise was that after all was acknowledged and done, Joe Rogan, undoubtedly qualifies as an knowledgeable within the gap, Dana White, undoubtedly qualifies as an knowledgeable within the gap — each and every had Strickland. Did we scrutinize the same thing? Joe Rogan and Dana are very attention-grabbing … they dangle got one thing in general, one thing diversified than me: I heard the commentary and so that they didn’t. And I’m real questioning if I purchased influenced. I’m questioning. I didn’t feel that. I didn’t feel influenced.”
Despite believing that du Plessis swept the card, Sonnen tranquil thinks a correct away rematch shall be within the offering, asserting that du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya is perchance next, but that there’s tranquil a window for Strickland to step in.
“It adjustments all the pieces, the indisputable truth that there’s controversy on that battle, the indisputable truth that one decent buy, to not notify the supreme score, most revered buy of the evening had it for Strickland. What make you are making with that?” Sonnen acknowledged. “As a consequence of in a typical circumstance, that you can provide accurate consideration to rematching that. We’re not in a typical affirm. We’re in an contemporary affirm where UFC 300 is setting up and we’ve already viewed the warmth that Izzy and du Plessis can generate.
“That’s the battle they’re attempting to make. Upright now, on the succor of the scenes, that’s the battle they’re attempting to get done for 300. And I’m questioning, in mild of what all individuals is aware of now, is that the moral battle? As a consequence of don’t forget, we’re not going by rankings, we’re going to faux we’re going by rankings. We’re not going by fulfillment, we’re going to faux we’re going by fulfillment. We’re going by one thing: Which battle is better? Which battle make you guys desire to appear at extra?”