Why Did Chael Sonnen Only Now Get His BJJ Black Belt?

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  1. ReadWrite

    ReadWrite Black Belt Platinum Member

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    Chael Sonnen receives Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt

    Three-time UFC title challenger and current Bellator heavyweight Chael Sonnen has got something new to celebrate. Over the weekend, “The American Gangster” earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Gracie Barra branch in Portland, Oregon.

    His rank was awarded by instructor Fabiano Scherner.

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    Congratulations to ADCC superfight winner @ChaelSonnen for his promotion to black belt!

    Sonnen’s grappling background goes as far back in his collegiate years at the University of Oregon, where he wrestled and developed a Greco-Roman style. He went on to train in Gi jiu-jitsu in 2014 at Gracie Barra in Portland, and had not stopped ever since.

    In 2017, he competed in a super fight at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) against world champion Leo Vieira in Espoo, Finland. Sonnen won via referee decision, but ended up losing in his next match against Craig Jones via heelhook.

    https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2019/1/...eives-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-black-belt-mma-news

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    Sonnen's Nightmare

    Heading into the fifth round, Sonnen led on the judges' scorecards (40–34, 40–36, and 40–35). At 3:10 into the final round, Silva caught Sonnen in a triangle armbar and made him tap out.
     
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  2. SuperNerd

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    Sonnen likes Big Macs, not happy meals.
     
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    9 out of 16 losses via sub...
     
  4. MMACroatia

    MMACroatia Brown Belt

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    So much effort into weak discipline
     
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  5. PAPERCLIP30

    PAPERCLIP30 Silver Belt

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    Dudes an awesome wrestler but his defense was bad.
     
  6. Platinum Perry Mason

    Platinum Perry Mason Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Can't get that black belt till you learn to defend the triangle.























    duh
     
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  7. Taric

    Taric Gold Belt

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    If he just got a black belt now that means he's been training BJJ for at least 10 years.
     
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    KILL KILL Gold Belt

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    A lot of pro fighters train no-gi. Gi and no-gi are different disciplines.
     
  9. NoSmilez

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    He got his bb in 4-5 years. That’s not bad
     
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  11. SherdogJoe

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    How come guys like Rashad and Chael have black belts, and even Conor has a brown belt, but they clearly suck at jui-jitsu? Or at least you never see them throwing arm bars or anything.

    I have a feeling the coaches just level guys up due to time being put in, but that's stupid, because time doesn't always equal leveling up.

    Black belt means nothing these days. It should mean you're dangerous like Nick Diaz on the ground or FFS you should at least be able to throw some Fedor style arm bars.
     
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    suizuri cunning linguist

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    So much effort into weak troll attempt.
     
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  13. MMACroatia

    MMACroatia Brown Belt

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    Says a green belt
     
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  14. Dingaling

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    I would have mine too if I wasn't banned twice
     
  15. Toco

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    maybe because it wasn't bought like many other fighters
     
  16. suizuri

    suizuri cunning linguist

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    lmao dude you're my troll hero now! hats off to you.
     
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  17. ChumpyKiwi

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    I think you have to look more at who they are fighting. Out of all the black belts in the world they may be below or just average. So just because they are a black belt doesn't mean they are fairly matched with all other black belts. Although some of these guys have looked pretty clueless
     
  18. MMACroatia

    MMACroatia Brown Belt

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    I respect your realization of where you stand with me.
    If we met in person,you would lose in anything to me just like on this forum.
    It's a quality to have and your time wont be wasted knowing that,unlike Chael
     
  19. Bob Sagat

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    Wasn't Conor's from Kavanaugh's McDojo?
     
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    Definitely a troll. Not to mention making knowledge claims you can't possibly know.
     

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