Former UFC star guarantees that Alex Poatan is close to becoming the best athlete in MMA history

Chael Sonnen predicts that Brazilians will reach the status of an absolute sports legend

Alex Poatan after victory at UFC 300. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Alex Poatán after victory in UFC 300. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

The feats of Alex Poatán in the largest MMA organization in the world has borne fruit for the Brazilian. With two UFC belts on his resume, the athlete draws the attention of Chael Sonnen, who admits that he sees the position of best in history for the São Paulo native, if he continues to shine within the organization. In an excerpt published by 'MMANews', the veteran pointed out what the athlete needs to achieve legendary status in the sport.

“He won the middleweight and light heavyweight belts within a year. I'm sorry, but he's one victory away from being in the discussion about being the best in MMA history. We won't even have this discussion anymore. If Poatan won the title, I wouldn't mind if it was Tom's (Aspinall) interim title, if he got the title with the Jon Jones or how he managed to win the heavyweight title (up to 120,2kg). If he got the title, there's a big 'if', but we don't even discuss the title of best fighter in history anymore,” said Sonnen.

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The former UFC star went further. Impressed with Alex, the commentator assessed that the athlete's attitude in accepting any challenge expands his legacy.

“He was the only champion who publicly offered to fight in UFC 300. He was the only one to put the belt on the line against anyone. (…) Poatan is a leader. I can’t find a fault with him,” concluded Chael.

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After 'saving' the company in UFC 300, Alex offered another big favor to the company in 2024. With the injury of Conor McGregor and consequent absence of the Irish star in the UFC 303, the Brazilian took the lead and now faces Jiri Prochazka on 29 in June.

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