Despite waging a war of words against fan favorites Wanderlei Silva and “Shogun” Rua, it seems that Chael Sonnen is inexplicably still a popular figure in Brazil.
Sonnen is currently scheduled to coach opposite Silva on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. According to UFC president Dana White, many TUF hopefuls he’s spoken too have stated that they want to be on Sonnen’s team.
Interesting, many fighters in Brazil said they would LIKE to be coached by Chael Sonnen.
— Dana White (@danawhite) November 12, 2013
It seems that despite Sonnen’s less respectful comments, he’s still a highly respected fighter in the country. Considering he’s still the #6 light heavyweight in the UFC, it’s not hard to see why.