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Chael Sonnen recounts the time Dan Henderson hilariously failed at giving fight advice

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LAS VEGAS — The night before a fight, three-time UFC title challenger and Bellator star Chael Sonnen likes to ask the people he trusts about his chances. It’s the way he grounds himself after a promotional cycle.

Dan Henderson is in Sonnen’s circle of trust. Sonnen’s former coach at Team Quest, the now-retired legend is hard to beat when it comes to experience in the fight game.

When it comes to dispensing advice, though, it might be different story.

“I called Dan one time, and I’m going to fight Michael Bisping on FOX,” Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) said Sunday during a special taping of the “Phonebooth Fighting” podcast at The L.A. Comedy Club in Las Vegas. “And if I win, I’m going to fight Anderson Silva for the world championship. It’s a big fight. Henderson’s in the same weight class; he’s fought Bisping, (and) he’s trained with me for years. So I call Dan the night before the fight, which is a tradition for me. And I ask him, ‘Can I beat this guy?’

“He goes, ‘Uh … yeah. I don’t see why not.’ And then I can hear him talking to his kids off the phone, and I can tell he’s not enveloped in this conversation. So then he finally says to me, ‘Well, is it three or five rounds?’”

Naturally, Sonnen wondered why Henderson wouldn’t know that already. After all, he was in the same middleweight division, in the same promotion, and he’d been around long enough to know that only main events and title fights get five rounds.

“I’m thinking, Dan, are you not even following this sport?” Sonnen continued. “This is a big deal, it’s on FOX, it’s the second fight ever on FOX, Rashad Evans is headlining the show, and I’m not the world champion, even though I keep telling people I am – Anderson Silva is, and you’re in the division. So you tell me, Dan, is it three or five rounds?”

Then Sonnen realized Henderson is not your typical source.

“So I answer his question (and say) it’s three rounds,” Sonnen said. “And he finally comes clean after all of this, and he flat out says, ‘Who are you fighting?’”

This was after Henderson had given him a little pep talk. So, yeah, maybe not the guy you want for that last little push. But as it turned out, Sonnen still came out ahead. After three rounds against now-champ Bisping, he won a unanimous decision and got a rematch with Silva.

Oh, to be on the line for the advice Sonnen got for his rematch with “The Spider.”

Check out the above video to hear the other question that Henderson asked Sonnen that made “The American Gangster” question whether he’d made the right call.

And for more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.



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