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October 10, 2011

Can you smell what Chael is cooking?

UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen is the talk of the MMA world. Just moments after dominating Brian Stann at UFC 136, Sonnen seems to have transformed from an MMA fighter into a pro wrestler.

 

UFC color commentator Joe Rogan asked Sonnen, “How happy were you with your performance tonight?"

 

Sonnen ignored the question and looked toward UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the audience and bellowed out a line as if he was auditioning for The Wrestler. “Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck,”  Sonnen said. He then waited a few moments for the cheers to get louder and followed with an old-fashion pro wrestling loser-leave-town challenge.

“Super Bowl weekend, the biggest rematch in the history of the business. I’m calling you out Silva, but we’re upping the stakes.” Sonnen took another dramatic pause for the cheers to reach a feverish pitch. “I beat you, you leave the (185 lbs.) Division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC forever.”

 

Sonnen was later interviewed backstage by mmafighting.com reporter Ariel Helwani. Sonnen started the interview doing his best Hulk Hogan pose and flexing his bicep and tricep. He said, “Ariel, is that camera big enough to take in the largest arm in West Linn, Oregon that has found its way to Houston, Texas? Because that thing looks a little bit small."

 

Helwani asked him how he felt since it’s been a long time since he has been in the ring.

 

“I’m not here to be just one of the guys, I have plenty of money and plenty of fame,” Sonnen said. “I’m after 12 pounds of gold (UFC championship belt) and that’s it.”

 

Sonnen continued to stare into the camera as if he was waiting on “Mean” Gene Okerlund to yell out – "It’s going down Super Bowl weekend, so don’t you dare miss it" – but this isn’t the WWE; it’s the UFC.

 

If this fight happens on Super Bowl weekend, Sonnen will be one of the first fighters to announce his next fight four months out. UFC president Dana White -- not the fighters -- usually do that.

 

Helwani suggested to Sonnen that he could fight Silva in Brazil for the rematch. Sonnen then took a line from pro wrestler The Rock. He said, “If they sell 100,000 tickets (in Brazil), I hope they collect them all and put them in a nice ball and turn them sideways and shove them straight up their (expletive).”

 

It’s seems to me that Chael Sonnen is auditioning for the WWE, since he will be “leaving town” Super Bowl weekend.

 

What are your thoughts?

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 11:26 AM | | Comments (10)
        

Comments

Hi Kevin,

I can't honestly figure the guy out if this is just an act for some great publicity or if he is truly a wack-job. That being said..and I'm sure I can speak for many others: he does make me interested in the rematch. Character or not he is a talented fighter and sent a message with his quick and dominant finish of Stann.

Tony,
I couldn't agree with you more. He plays the perfect heel. This would be a great main event fight for UFC 150!
-Kevin

Kev, Chael is from West Linn, Oregon, my friend -- not Westland.

Thanks, George

I love Chael and his trash talking. It's just awesome. And Super Bowl weekend he's going to unleash the guns on Anderson Silva. I can't wait to buy the Pay Per View rematch.

Chael is a joke and a disgrace to the sport. I hope Silva does not take the fight. Sonnen does not deserve it and I'll be disappointed if he is given the opportunity.

I would love to see Belfort kick his ass!!!

Chael Sonnen is a good fighter but I cant support his disrespect for Anderson and the Brazilian People he is a black eye for the UFC and MMA.

Chael Sonnen is gonna kill Silva again.

I can't believe what I'm hearing... Nor can I believe that people are buying into this guys lame trash talk.

Sonnen has already had a fight with Silva... Sure he went 4 rounds and was supremely competitive, but ultimately, he lost. Not only did he lose, but an athletic commission announced that Sonnen had, post fight, tested positive to elevated testosterone levels i.e. steroids and was suspended for nearly 14 months. So... he took steroids and still lost.

If I were Dana White, I'd create the hype by pinning Sonnen vs Belfort. Both are great fighters and the winner would then legitimately stand to request a re-match.

Ronan,
Some great points.
-Kevin

great article thanks for sharing

Sonnen all the way!!

Chael is great for this sport & is the only man that can sell a fight with Silva.. nick Diaz, Brock Lesnar & Chael have helped pull the ufc out of it's "sport-gameplan-wins a win-gotta have respect" crap that was killing things.. I love mma & Chael is just the bees knees... WAR Chael!!

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Kevin Richardson has been a fan of mixed martial arts competition ever since UFC 3, when 600-pound sumo wrestler Emmanuel Yarborough was beaten by Keith Hackney. Kevin will cover the world of MMA — in Baltimore, nationally and internationally. He plans to take readers into the locker rooms and MMA schools, where they'll hear from local fighters and trainers. If you have a news tip or suggestions for the blog, please e-mail him.

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