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Morning Report: Chael Sonnen weighs in on Luis Suarez biting controversy, admits to once biting an opponent in wrestling

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

During a segment on Wednesday night's FOX Sports Live, UFC Tonight hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen were asked to weigh-in on the recent controversy surrounding Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez. The Barclay's Premier League's top scorer has been banned for nine games and four months by FIFA for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup match with Italy on Jun. 24, his third such offense.

"Lets start with what happened on the soccer field," said Sonnen. "To bite someone in the course of battle at least somehow makes some kind of sense. To walk up behind a guy and just bite into his shoulder is just a very weird thing to do."

To make any sort of justification for biting an opponent, Sonnen would assumably have some prior experience.

"I've never experienced it in the Octagon, but I have experienced it in wrestling matches," Sonnen revealed. "I'll be quite honest, I've been on both sides of it. That's right. I'm very shady."

Sonnen was quick to clarify the situation, claiming the bite was in self defense.

"Now, they stuck their finger in my mouth," said Sonnen. "He put his finger in my mouth and was trying to give me the old fishhook, so I gave him just a little, gentle bite to let him know, 'I will chomp on this thing should you not remove your finger.' Shady."

Since retiring from MMA on Jun. 11, the former UFC contender signed on to compete at the fourth installment of Metamoris. The professional grappling promotion returns Aug. 9 in Los Angeles, headlined by a 20-minute submission only match between Sonnen and Jiu Jitsu legend Andre Galvao.

The 2X Mundial and Abu Dhabi Combat Club champion most recently competed at the 2014 IBJJF World Championship in the under 94 kg (207lbs) heavyweight division, taking silver. Galvao enjoyed a brief MMA career from 2008 to 2010, putting together a 5-2 record having only dropped bouts to UFC veterans Tyron Woodley and Jason High.



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