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There was no Pearl Harbor in the works

While Greg Jackson is sticking to his stupid opinion that one should never take a fight with under a month to prepare, his coaching partner in crime Mike Winkeljohn took things a bit further, suggesting that Hendo’s late pullout was part of an attempted screwjob by Chael Sonnen to catch their champion with his pants down. ‘We’d happily fight Chael Sonnen,’ he says. ‘Just without the Pearl Harbor surprise attack.’

Now maybe I can see Chael pulling something like that but Hendo? Hendo is a salt of the earth kinda guy who’s so wholesome and natural I doubt he even understands the concept of a lie. Or so he comes across, especially compared to Jon Jones. So I believe him when he says

“Chael didn’t know anything about it,” said Henderson on The MMA Hour. “He had definitely not been training at all. My guys told me that Greg Jackson said in an interview that Chael was down training with me and getting ready for the fight and knew I was hurt. It was nothing like that at all. He wasn’t even down here. I asked him if he wanted to come down and help me train a couple months ago, but he didn’t come down.”

Plus there’s Chael’s trainers telling the same story. And according to Dana White, Chael was out of town dealing with the death of his girlfriend’s father when they called him (bad time of year for that it seems, phone yer pas and tell em you love them). OR MAYBE THAT’S JUST WHAT THEY’D LIKE YOU TO THINK. In truth, once Chael got to the funeral home, half of Team Quest climbed out of the other caskets and got down to business.

“Okay, Project Surprise & Crucify is now underway. Jesse Taylor and Okami, you’re on wrestling detail. Chael’s gonna work mitts for the next hour. Sokoudjou, just stay in the corner and don’t touch anyone.”

  • Reverend Clint says:

    greg jackson and wankajohn suck balls

  • voice of reason says:

    Greg and winks turned it down partly due to their egos. It wasn’t entirely because of the late notice, they thought chael wanted to catch jones off-guard, so by turning down the fight they’d be ‘winning’ against chael’s ‘super evil plan’.

    Problem is, it drove them to make a horrible decision. Instead of thinking what’s best, they wanted to ‘one up’ chael and went with was more about saying ‘haha i’m onto u’ than being logical.

    U see stuff like this now and again where people get it in their heads that someone is enacting a secret plan against them and they end up doing smth stupid cos of it in order to ‘win’, and usually it all turns out to be just paranoia. Kinda like if u tell someone to do smth then they won’t do it just to show that they don’t listen to u, even though if they do what u said it’ll be good for them.

    tl;dr Don’t turn down fights to prove a paranoid point

  • SHORT_BUS says:

    Sooooooooooooooooooooo it was just a coincidence that he started trolling Jones on twitter and hyping a fight between them 8 days before the “official” announcement came down that Dan was out? Right…….

    Of course Sonnen knew Dan was injured and was angling to fill his spot. Either Dan and his team told him or the brass at Zuffa let him know and gave him the green light to start in with his antics (or, and most likely: both).

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Well, Team Test says its true, and they’d surely never rationalize their ways through anything unethical so it must be true.

  • Letibleu says:

    “.Hendo is a salt of the earth kinda guy who’s so wholesome and natural”… if you take away the steroids and TRT.