Nogueira once tried to feed a bus a carrot - Sonnen

ESPN staff
July 7, 2011

Chael Sonnen has spectacularly failed to backtrack on recent controversial comments about Brazil and its premier MMA fighters, claiming the Nogueira brothers once "tried to feed a bus a carrot".

The outspoken middleweight has never been one to shy away from outspoken comments about rival fighters, and split opinion with recent suggestions that the UFC's Brazilian contingent were a group of 'bums', 'immigrants' and 'phonies'.

Sonnen isn't even fighting a Brazilian opponent in his next bout, after the UFC paired him with American military veteran Brian Stann at UFC 136. But he is hoping to fight the likes of Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva or the Nogueira brothers in future - so couldn't resist another opportunity to have a dig at them and their country of birth.

While Sonnen claimed he would never have said anything negative about Brazil had he realised both computers and the internet had reached the country, he then went on to suggest the Nogueira brothers mistook a bus for a horse upon their first visit to the United States.

"You have to understand. If I say something in a very private manner that isn't intended for a certain audience, come on, you can't hold that against me," Sonnen said, during an interview with AOL. "I picked my medium very carefully when I talked about Brazil. I went to the internet. And if I had the foggiest idea that they had computers in Brazil, I wouldn't have done that.

"I was in Las Vegas when the Nogueira brothers first touched down in America. There was a bus, this is a true story. There was a bus that pulled up to a red light, and Little Nog tried to feed it a carrot, while Big Nog was petting it. He thought it was a horse.

"This really happened. He tried to feed a bus a carrot, and now you're telling me this country has computers? I didn't know that!"

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