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?