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Rampage is a crybaby, but he's not a cheat - Sonnen

ESPN staff
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Chael Sonnen has labelled Rampage Jackson a "crybaby" after the former UFC light-heavyweight champion accused the UFC of giving him difficult fights.

Jackson has been extremely vocal over the past week, demanding that he be released from his UFC contract due to his belief that the promotion is attempting to "destroy my fan base". In Rampage's eyes, he has been given a bunch of wrestlers who are made to make him look bad, and he even stated that matchmaker Joe Silva "should be shot in the face".

With one fight left on his contract Rampage, who faces double knee surgery, will meet Mauricio Shogun Rua before leaving the company, and Sonnen admits he laughs at the ridiculous nature of Jackson's moans.

"I like him, but look, he's a crybaby," Sonnen told MMA Uncensored. "I find it entertaining. I like it when he goes on his campaigns about entitlement and how he should be given easy fights.

"I don't agree with any of it, but, you've got to understand, everybody's going to stumble, at times.

"But to miss weight at a fight poorly, when you're paid what he's paid - he's the second highest paid fighter in the industry now that Brock Lesnar is retired - it kind of puts him in a different ballpark.

"A lot of things are expected of him and he's not quite delivering. But as far as retirement talk, the guy ought to be able to have a bad performance here and there. Randy Couture, the greatest of all time, had bad performances, but he always came back."

Sonnen did defend Jackson over his use of testosterone replacement therapy, which helps return the body to its normal levels. Jackson believes it could add ten years to his career and Sonnen, who also requires TRT, insists it is not cheating.

"There's two things there. If you're going to associate the guy with TRT, make sure you also associate the fact that it's legal and it's not banned.

"Second thing with TRT is people are really getting confused. They look at TRT and they're missing the stuff that really is good. TRT is eight, nine or ten on the list of things they could take to help their careers.

"Secondly, any time a person says 'performance enhancer,' stop talking to them, because they don't have the intellect to debate with you."

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