Chael Sonnen has lengthy been an advocate of Tom Aspinall’s, however he is not impressed with the heavyweight contender’s persona.
On a latest episode of his Past the Battle podcast, Sonnen criticized Aspinall for not doing a greater job of selling himself in interviews. Aspinall — the No. 7 heavyweight in MMA Combating’s World Rankings — has taken a extra measured strategy to speaking himself up as he is racked up victory after victory, which hasn’t precisely made for the juiciest quotes and headlines.
“He comes out and does an interview — I can not keep in mind what was stated, I used to be disgusted, I ended up shutting the web page — speaking about, ‘Who would not wish to see Ngannou field? Ngannou’s only a nice boxer,’” Sonnen stated. “He went on from there, put another folks over. He is a official fan. I do perceive that in all equity and he does come off as a really candy man, that’s true. Tom truly is coming off like a very nice man, I need to inform the opposite facet of the coin.
“I can not put him again in a fundamental occasion. I can not put him in a title shot. I can not put him in something that he says he would not belong in. No one can.”
Sonnen prompt that Aspinall be pulled apart and coached by his group to enhance his interviews, going so far as to say that he might also have a supervisor converse for him.
Aspinall responded to Sonnen’s feedback through an Instagram story and it would not sound like he’ll be altering his strategy anytime quickly.
“I am more than pleased being myself thanks and never promoting myself out and performing like a [clown] for views and cash,” Aspinall wrote. “I’m not a WWE entertainer I am one of many biggest heavyweights to stroll on this [Earth] and will probably be proven in my physique of labor from my UFC debut till I retire in 10 years. I need not discuss s***. Blissful to be myself.”
To this point, Aspinall’s work within the cage has spoken volumes about his star potential. The 29-year-old Englishman had a breakthrough efficiency this previous March at UFC London in what was his first headlining alternative. Aspinall defeated Alexander Volkov by first-round submission to impress a sold-out crowd at The O2 and rating his fifth UFC win in as many appearances for the promotion.
Up subsequent for Aspinall, he fights Curtis Blaydes in the primary occasion of the UFC’s return to London on July 23.