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Chael Sonnen thinks Conor McGregor made 'a big mistake'

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As everyone is by now aware, Conor McGregor tweeted that he was retiring. Shortly afterwards, Dana White announced that the UFC had removed McGregor from his scheduled bout at UFC 200. And for the rest of the afternoon and evening, MMA fans the world over desperately scoured the internet to figure out what precipitated all of this.

Well Chael Sonnen thinks he knows. Last night after all the hoopla, Sonnen did a Facebook live chat where he answered many listener comments surrounding McGregor's situation and talked about his knowledge of the behind the scenes workings.

"I don't have any inside info on this. Just being around the business since the 90's, I know how it works. I know how this whole thing went down. And if I tell you what I think, I guarantee I'm 98 percent right if not 100.

"Conor had a deal with the UFC. And Conor's now going back and trying to renegotiate and it just doesn't work that way. It can't. You can't write everything down, you can't get your contracts done all the time in this business. There's 500 guys under contract. There's not even that many employees in the UFC. I think there's like 340 employees with 500 fighters. There's 53 shows scheduled for a year that only has 52 weeks in the year. You have to be able to make a phone call, count on whatever the guy says, hang up the phone and that's the end of it. You have to be able to do that.

"Conor has a contract, he made a deal, somewhere he didn't sign it. Let the promotion go out, let the money get spent and then realized ‘I've got the upper hand. Now I can come back and renegotiate. Who's going to tell me no when the advertising is already done?' That's what he did. Guaranteed. With no inside knowledge, guaranteed that's what happened."

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Post #1   4/20/16 9:06:19AM   

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In chael i trust.

Connor made a huge mistake.

Fucking up the tent pole event of tentpoles.

Ufc wont ever forget this

Post #2   4/20/16 10:26:48AM   

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Its all just a ploy for more hype...great promo game Connor

Post #3   4/20/16 10:33:04AM   

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Chael has thoughtful informed logically sound commentary I agree with? What Bizzaro world did I wake up to?

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Post #4   4/20/16 10:35:16PM   

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Given Chael is no stranger to shooting himself in the foot you have to respect his insight here.

Post #5   4/25/16 1:50:28PM