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Jordan Burroughs and Chael Sonnen were recently involved in a spirited exchange of ideas about MMA and wrestling on social media.
The line that piqued the interest of the MMA community was Burroughs saying that he was interested in giving the famous combat sport a try.
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time World Champion @alliseeisgold says he wants to have one MMA fight before it’s all said and done. Burroughs is the face of USA wrestling right now and one of the most decorated American wrestlers.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 16, 2019
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Sonnen, an NCAA Division 1 All-American and Greco-Roman world silver medalist, responded by tendering Burroughs an offer on Twitter to do exactly that.
Burroughs was nonplussed.
I’ve made more than that wrestling. Add a zero and call me.— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) April 16, 2019
Sonnen was less than thrilled with Burrough's response.
Chael's pointed rejoinder left a negative impression on many in the wrestling community, especially given Sonnen's history of participation in, and promotion of, the sport of wrestling. Our own William Saylor voiced his displeasure on Thursday's episode of FRL.
Burroughs also took umbrage with Sonnen's comments, particularly with those that pertained to pecuniary matters.
How about this: When you’re done assuming you have any idea what my value is, come make me a serious offer, man-to-man — how real business is done. I’m available May 6 at Beat The Streets where I’ll be putting it on one of your guys in “My Sport.” Your ticket will be at Will Call— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) April 18, 2019
Naturally, Sonnen had yet another retort, this time on YouTube, in which he made several claims, some more dubious than others, but all that appeared to be in an effort to continue the conversation and keep them both in the social media spotlight.
Will spirited exchange continue? We shall see!