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| | Vinny Magalh„es says Sonnen ďcan submit Anderson this timeĒ
Vinny Magalh„es says Sonnen ďcan submit Anderson this timeĒ
Vinny Magalh„es says Sonnen ďcan submit Anderson this timeĒ :: TATAME
| There are few days before the rematch Silva vs. Sonnen. There was a lot of talking about you training Sonnen and many Brazilians criticized your. How was it for you? |
Man, I saw that coming but not because Iím training an American guy, even because I live here so most of people I train and people I train with are Americans or come from other places other than Brazil. Things got ugly because Iím training Chael and he says many things about Brazil, much bullshit, but itís my profession. I canít deny things just because people will get bothered by it. I listed a bunch of reasons, financial reasons and the biggest one is about my family and the fact Iím wonít fight for a year. I last fought in October and I donít believe Iíll fight any time sooner than September, so itís a year I donít fight. Since part of my financial support comes from fighting, I had to make money one way or another: minister seminars, teach classes more than I should and donít train. So, when an opportunity like training Chael presents itself I canít decline it and Iíve told him ďif you need someone to train with, just give me a callĒ. It was way before he fought Anderson, so thereís nothing personal with Brazil, of course not. Iím a Brazilian but the opportunity presented itself and I wouldnít say no to it just because people might not approve it.
And all these things Sonnen says, is it just to sell the fight? How is he when you get close to him? Is he bipolar or something?
Man, he might be bipolar but Iíve only met nice Chael. Itís quite the opposite. When I talk to him and all, and he probably doesnít like people saying these things, he told me itís all about advertizing, to sell the fight and he does something nobody in the sport does. The only other guy who came with the culture of selling the fight this way, and saying bad things about people was Brock Lesnar and he was not that successful, I mean, he was, but not completely. But not Chael. Actually heís not a successful guy like Anderson in terms of technical abilities, but he sells the fight like nobody else does. On the first time I talked to him about this fight he apologized and said: ďsorry, but I have to sell 800 thousandĒ, so itís nothing personal. So you can understand heís only trying to sell the fight. Sometimes he goes one too far, but itís the way he found of selling the fight. I guarantee you all this trashtalk will be reverted to PPV sells. Lately UFC sells about 300, 400 thousand. At Jon Jonesís fight, they sold 700 thousand but Iím betting for this Chael-Anderson fight it goes beyond a million, like a million and so. Everybody says thereís a personal side attached to it, so itís a very busy fight they will put on.
Will you be at Sonnenís corner?
No. I donít think so. Chaelís like me in terms of coaches, whoís going with him for the fight. Usually he only brings a couple of guys: his Boxing coach and his MMA coach, Scott McCoy. No one said I would go and Iíd rather not be on his corner so I wouldnít get involved in all this Anderson thing. I rather not get involved.
How is he doing on the ground? Is he better? Did you teach him how to defend that triangle choke?
Everybody asks me ďis he better than the first time?Ē. Well, he dominated Anderson on the floor. Did he make a mistake? Yes, he did. But Anderson was trying to fit this position the entire time and the guy got caught. On the last moments he end up being caught. Obviously he needed to work some more and correct some flaws here and there, but in the big picture Chael is a good fighter on the floor, heís just not excellent, not prepared in terms of details like Anderson and other Brazilians. Weíve worked on many things, we worked the defense of the triangle, arm-bars, but my focus is on him controlling the fight like he did last time, but in positions that are comfortable for him. One thing I told him I didnít like was that he kept the tight guard and on a very low posture. We tried to change that. if he has the chance to break into Andersons guard, submit him in some positions I believe he will because he has great control when on the top. But we trained everything and I didnít only train defense because, from where Iím standing, I guess for you to defend yourself from something you first have to be put on a bad situation and my idea is not letting Anderson get anywhere near that. We trained attacks and obviously the defense of coups he had been mistaken about before, like the triangle choke.
What are your predictions for this fight? Does Sonnen have chances to win?
Man, itís not only because I trained with him, but I believe he has a hard style for Anderson to defeat. Iím a fan of Anderson as a fighter and I guess he has proven to be the best fighter in the world in terms of results, but sometimes youíre much better than a guy here and there but the guy has one weapon which is so strong you canít have it with him and I guess thatís the problem on this Chael-Anderson fight. Anderson might be much better then Chael on the floor, much better on the stand-up, but Chaelís style is hard on Anderson and I believe it will go the same way as the first one did: Chael taking him down and controlling him from the top. If he believes in his game, I believe he can submit Anderson this time. Now, if he doesnít submit him, heís gonna win via points.
What do you think about Andersonís change of posture and responding to Chael?
As a fan, I thought it was interesting because now Anderson got into Chaelís game which was Chaelís initial idea for the both of them to promote the fight, and not just him. Anderson naturally sells fights because heís the best fighter but heís not a big entertainer, a character. Chael sells a lot because heís a character and now Anderson has also put on the mask and is a character and unfortunately thatís what sells on the United States. Thatís why maybe people in Brazil donít get what Iím saying but itís a way to promote the fight. Now that Anderson said those things, itíll promote even more and itíll sell more than it was going to sell anyway. When I talked to him, he said ďIím only doing it to sell the fight but also to get into his mindĒ. I guess he got what he wished for.
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