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Chael Sonnen expresses confidence in Ronda Rousey's fighting, multi-tasking ability

Mixed martial arts: UFC light heavyweight drops by Los Angeles, has words of wisdom, confidence for Glendale-trained champ.

November 14, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • UFC champion and Glendale-trained Ronda Rousey, center, received a boost of support from fellow UFC fighter Chael Sonnen at a press conference Monday afternoon in Los Angeles. (Raul Roa/File Photo)
UFC champion and Glendale-trained Ronda Rousey, center,…

Both popular Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters who are big draws long known as much for their gift of gab as their stellar skills inside the octagon, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and UFC top-10 light heavyweight Chael Sonnen have many similarities.

Another is that Rousey, who trains at the Glendale Fighting Club, and Sonnen have plenty on their plates as it relates to inside the octagon and out.

As “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, featuring Rousey and archrival Miesha Tate as opposing coaches, plays out on television screens every Wednesday on Fox Sports 1, Rousey has undergone a whirlwind schedule, as she left not long after taping concluded for “TUF” in early July to film “The Expendables 3” in Bulgaria and has just recently returned from filming “Fast and Furious 7.” All of this comes ahead of a title rematch with Tate on Dec. 28.

Long regarded for her work ethic and ability to balance unprecedented media exposure, Rousey has a hectic schedule that might be too much for some, but Sonnen believes she can handle it and said as much Monday afternoon at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Los Angeles when asked what advice he would give the former United States Olympic bronze medalist in judo.

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“I would just say make sure you don’t miss practice. Do whatever you want, there’s 24 hours in a day, we’re only at practice about three hours a day,” Sonnen said. “So, do whatever you want in those other 21, but don’t miss practice. That’s really the only way she’s gonna stay on top or stay sharp, or for any athlete. And I think she’s got the discipline and focus to do that. My assumption is, wherever she’s going, even all the way to Bulgaria, she’s lining up workouts and staying disciplined. But I don’t know, we’ll find out on Dec. 28.”

And Sonnen is predicting the outcome of the Rousey-Tate rematch will be the same as the first time they fought in March of 2012 when Rousey won via first-round armbar to claim the Strikeforce championship (which later led to Rousey being crowned with the UFC title). Rousey is 7-0 after the first-ever defense of the UFC women’s bantamweight title in February, while Tate is 13-4 and ranked second in the division in the UFC rankings.

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