Earlier today, Chael Sonnen suggested that he is going to fight Rory MacDonald before his career is over. In fact, during an interview with Ariel Helwani, he said “Rory MacDonald and I are gonna cross paths eventually…There’s a story behind it. I’ll come on your show and share the story with you.” Although it is evident that Sonnen has a bone to pick with MacDonald, taking the fight against Rory would be one of the worse decisions he has ever made.
Throughout his mixed martial arts career, Chael Sonnen has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into grappling range. Once this happens, he will repeatedly faint the right jab followed by an occasional straight left in hopes of getting the opponent to stand still momentarily. If the opponent decides to stand in place to block the punch and set up a counter; it gives him a small window of opportunity to duck down and attempt a double leg takedown. After he completes the takedown, he will try to severely hurt the opponent by landing some ground and pound with his left hand.
Although this strategy has given Sonnen so much success, there are a few flaws within this strategy that can be easily exploited by Rory MacDonald. For instance, when he would try to walk down his opponents Sonnen would always carry his hands several inches out in front of his cheeks. As a result, he is susceptible to looping hooks that are designed to go around his arms and straight punches that target the nose. Due to this, Rory MacDonald is a bad matchup for him because he has one of the best jabs in MMA. Therefore every time Sonnen tries to close the distance, MacDonald will throw a left jab in an attempt to stop his progress. If successful, it would give Rory a small window of opportunity to circle out of range and force Sonnen to reset.
In conclusion, Chael Sonnen would be dumb to give up a chance at a winnable legends fight to go against a guy who will exploit all his flaws.