"I think his wins and losses speak for themselves," Sonnen said recently on UFC Tonight. "His record is his record. I'm not a trash talker, I'm a truth talker. If I see good things I'll say it."
Sonnen has fought men he's respected in the past; such was the case with Brian Stann. And while Sonnen admitted that he didn't look forward to fighting the military hero, he went after The All American like he owed him money. Whether or not Sonnen has tapped into that same readiness against Evans already doesn't matter -- when the time comes, he'll do his job.
"I don't think [I've flipped the switch yet], I don't know if I even have that switch," he said. "Eventually they'll call my name and I'll walk out to the music, and when I get a standing ovation from the crowd, I'll be ready to fight."
Friendship aside, Evans presents challenges on a tactical scale as well. Sonnen's biggest advantage is typically his wrestling, but Evans is an accomplished grappler in his own right. It's possible that Sonnen will be fighting without his trump card, but that doesn't mean he's out of options. The wily veteran of over forty MMA bouts has a few things up his sleeve and is confident he'll be walking away the victor regardless of what Evans brings to the table.
"I think it's a hard fight," Sonnen admitted. "I'm going to my Plan B. My usual strategy isn't going to work on this guy. But I've been around a long time and I have some things in my bag of tricks. It's going to be one more for the bad guy."
Sonnen and Evans will square off this weekend at UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks which takes place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make sure you check out our live coverage of the event this Saturday. The fights kick off at 6:30p.m. ET/3:30p.m. PT.
Got a news tip or correction? Send it to us by clicking here.
Short URL: http://winc.cc/Rpnljr
WWE Creative Reaction To Dana White Comments, WWE Looks At Edge Vs. Rollins, NXT Change, Fury
Steve Austin Speaks On His WWE Status After Recent Trademark Issue With T-Shirts
Renee Young's New WWE Show Premiering This Week, Network Exclusive To Air, Extreme Rules
Cameron On If Melina Vs. Alicia Fox Is Still Her Favorite Match, Tough Enough Audition Videos, Kane
Betting Odds For Tonight's WWE Extreme Rules PPV
Matches For TNA Hardcore Justice, Austin Aries Stretchered Out, Impact Twitter Rating, New Knockouts
Final Card For Tonight's WWE Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View, Live Coverage Reminder
Triple H Talks Relationship With Vince McMahon, His Backstage Duties For WWE, More
Three More WWE NXT Wrestlers Cut
WWE Releases Two NXT Wrestlers
TNA Impact Wrestling Results: Kurt Angle Destroyed, Kong Vs. Terrell, Mickie James' Announcement
Goldberg Says He'll Wrestle Again, Comments On If It Will Be For WWE