Bellator MMA’s heavyweight grand prix kicks off later this month, and the promotion is rolling out a special three-part series previewing the opening-round matchup between Quinton Jackson and Chael Sonnen.
“Rampage” (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) and Sonnen (29-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) meet at Bellator 192, which takes place on Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The main card airs on the soon-to-be-rebranded Paramount (formerly Spike) following prelims on MMAjunkie.
In the second edition of “Bellator Countdown,” we get a closer look into the different important relationships in both fighters’ lives. We watch as the habitually playful “Rampage” gets serious about training and about the added motivation he has in becoming coach Bobby Rimmer’s first heavyweight champion.
The vet acknowledges he hasn’t had his best stretch. But, injury-free, he says he feels like a new person. Rimmer attests to the fighter’s hunger and even gets a little emotional.
We also get a glimpse of Sonnen’s life at home, next to his wife, Britanny, and their two kids. We discover Sonnen turns into a food critic after dinner – and that Brittany is not there for it. “Hovercraft mom” Britanny also offers some humorous critique of Sonnen’s parenting skills, particularly when tending to the baby (Sonnen says his biceps are too big to hold him tightly).
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Sonnen-related video without some verbal acrobatics. After kicking things off with one of his now-traditional poems, he treats us to this little gem.
“People always ask me how training is going,” Sonnen said. “Training? It’s just ‘Rampage.’ Anybody could train for a fight and show up all ready. But a real man just steps in there.”
Check out the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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