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Unfortunate is Ed Soares’ favorite word

By Zach Arnold | November 3, 2010

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He feels Chael Sonnen’s pain, he really does. From last Friday’s Sherdog radio show:

INTERVIEWER: “You know, what do you think about this whole situation that’s going on? Kind of crazy, huh?”

ED SOARES: “You mean is there something new that came up?”

INTERVIEWER: “No, there’s nothing new. He hasn’t said anything. Obviously, his hearing’s coming up.”

ED SOARES: “Let me say, I’ll be honest with you. I sincerely feel bad for Chael. I do. People are like, oh, yeah, sure you do. I really do. Chael’s not a bad guy, man. He did a great job marketing the fight. I think he may have crossed some lines sometimes but, hey, it is what it is. Sometimes people let their, you know, emotions get the best of everyone. They get the best of every single person out there. Sometimes you get caught up in a moment and you might do things that you regret but I really feel bad for Chael because, again, he’s a good dude. Even though we fight against each other, I feel like we’re all on the same team, we’re all here presenting MMA, we’re all here trying to make this sport bigger and get better and it’s just a shame to see a guy put on such a great performance against the greatest fighter on the planet right now and then this comes out and it’s just unfortunate. It’s unfortunate not only for him, mostly for him, but it’s unfortunate for everybody. It’s unfortunate for the UFC. It’s unfortunate for us. The [rematch] would have been a big fight, it would have bene a big PPV, a lot of people are lsoing money from it especially Chael. Plus, he’s losing his credibility which, his best performance of his life, is now tarnished. It’s such a shame.”

INTERVIEWER: “Now, do you think with all this happening, do you think it was actually better for Anderson Silva or does it even matter? I mean, because, a lot of people are saying now, well, Chael, the reason why he fought so well was, you know, because he was on steroids, blah blah blah.”

ED SOARES: “Well, I mean, there are a lot of variables. He was on steroids, he fights that well against Anderson because Anderson was hurt, I mean, all these different things, I mean only God knows, you know. Regardless of what it was, it was what it was, man, you know. He put on a good performance and now it’s tarnished. That’s the fact, you know.”

Nate Marquardt recently was quoted in The Las Vegas Sun newspaper as saying that he doesn’t care if his opponents use steroids or not. Given all of the discussion about steroid usage in MMA, it was ironic that UFC busted a fight for the second time on a UK card for Stanozolol. (The other was Chris Leben, who’s DUI arrest apparently has not gotten his upcoming fight booking canceled.)

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11 Responses to “Unfortunate is Ed Soares’ favorite word”

  1. 45 Huddle says:

    Another guy busted for roids…. Another fighting who got busted from a fight he lost.

  2. The Gaijin says:

    “Nate Marquardt recently was quoted in The Las Vegas Sun newspaper as saying that he doesn’t care if his opponents use steroids or not.”

    Can’t say I’m surprised Nate “doesn’t care” if his opponent uses steroids, since he’s been busted for them. It really isn’t a big deal, is it Nate?!…a bit of rationalization might be going on there.

  3. So according to Soares, “it is what it is”, “it’s unfortunate”, and “only God knows”.

    Wow, thanks for clearing everything up, Ed.

    I REALLY hate the Brazilian excuse machine though, even from the winning side. How many times are we going to hear that Anderson Silva was injured?

  4. BuddyRowe says:

    “Nate Marquardt recently was quoted in The Las Vegas Sun newspaper as saying that he doesn’t care if his opponents use steroids or not.”

    This is because it would only level the playing field.

    • That’s a little unfair. Just because of his appearance?

      • Cory says:

        Because he’s already tested positive.

        • EJ says:

          Funny how everytime someone brings that up they never tell the full story. I guess if they did then it wouldn’t go with their talking points. Nate has the right attitude, steroids don’t make you a better fighter it’s just another excuse to use for why you lost and we have enough to those already.

        • The Gaijin says:

          And just like that, here comes the autobot.

          The full story? Which one is that? That he got popped for Nandrolone (aka Deca) with a 49 when natural levels are a 6? Sherk got busted with 12…12. Nate had 49. FOURTY. NINE. Not to mention 6 vs. 12 is not 2x. It’s an exponential increase for each level.

          OHHHH right, but he claimed it was due to tainted OTC supplements!!!!!!! (Including admitting to using ANDRO, which last time I checked was banned as well) But oh well, I guess that settles that, poor little Nate was just taking some protein powders and those cheating Mexican supplement companies dosed him to the gills with Nandrolone. But hey the NSAC is just awesome when it comes to it’s enforcement of fighters who piss hot, so they suspended him for 5 months, with no fine and told him to never do it again and he hung his head and felt bad.

          Nothing to see here…you people just don’t want to tell the “full story”.

  5. EJ says:

    Let me guess you’re one of the people who had no problem with how the CSAC handled the Sherk case because of course he did it just look at him.

    Here’s a newsflash just because the AC says something happened doesn’t make it so. Nate just like Sherk even though tested positive under different AC’s had very suspect cases. To be blind enough to act like there was nothing more to the story than a failed test is idiotic, it was far from that but like I said that would ruin the talking points people already have on the subject.

    • edub says:

      Sean Sherk has not looked as good fighting since he was busted. He went from being a guy who might have been the strongest LW in the world, with excellent ground control, and the best conditioning in the sport; to a guy who now fights at a much slower pace that is stand up oriented, lacks strength to hold onto opponents on the ground, and regularly gasses at the end of rounds (let alone fights).

      I’m not saying that this all convicts him, and he might have taken some stuff by accident. But there is definately more to it than just the way he looks when it comes to the thought of him juicing.

      • EJ says:

        The only difference I’ve see in Sherk is that he stopped being a wrestler and wanted to box which is why he hasn’t looked nearly as good in his fights. He isn’t a young guy anymore and trying to strike with guys who are faster and younger and better at it than you will expose you like it has him.

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