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Chael Sonnen Better Hope He Doesn’t Run Into Mike Tyson Any Time Soon

Well, it’s official. Chael Sonnen’s smack talk has officially gotten dangerous for the West Linn, Oregon native outside of Brazil.

While making an appearance on the Dan Le Batard is… Highly Questionable show on ESPN today, complete with a UFC replica belt, “The Gangster from America” reiterated his claim that Mike Tyson was a fraud just like he asserts Anderson Silva is.

“[The first thing I think of when I think of Anderson is] fraud. Phony. Third thing that comes to mind: paint your face up like Mike Tyson, gain a hundred pounds, sit in the second row and talk about when you meant something to the world, ‘cos your time has passed,” Chael quipped. “Welcome to two thousand and Chael.”

Sonnen made a similar statement to the UK Telegraph’s Gareth Davies this week.

“Anderson Silva is as fake as Mike Tyson was. They called him the hardest, ‘the baddest man in the world’ but he wasn’t even the toughest guy in America and we had to sit through and listen to that over and over again as he fought lots of tomato cans,” Sonnen, who also claimed that Steven Seagal pays to be included in Black House’s entourage come fight night explained. “Anderson Silva has no interested in the fight with me and I don’t know what his deal is …”

(Video courtesy of YouTube/DLHQonESPN)

I’m guessing he wouldn’t be as loose-lipped about Tyson’s lack of skills if the former champ was within earshot. Something tells me Mike could still knock out most of us with a jab. Maybe he’ll claim it was a Mexican imposter if “Iron Mike” ever calls him on the snub.

If its any indication, he also claims that even if offered the second shot at Silva that he will instead take a fight with either UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre or light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones instead, so take what he says with a grain of salt.

“If I win this contest on Saturday I will become the number one contender and I intend to fight either GSP or Jon Jones,” Sonnen told Davies. “Don’t ask me whether the GSP fights will be at welterweight – just ask me on Sunday after the Bisping fight and I will answer that question for you then.”

If you can make it through Le Batard’s incessant bellowing and chuckling throughout the interview, it’s worth a watch is simply for its sheer entertainment value with gems like this:

“A lot of guys can be fighters, but only one can be champion. Maybe I’m wired a little bit differently, but that’s the way it goes. I will correct you. You are wrong [about Silva being the champ],” he said straight-faced. “Well whose [belt] do you propose it is? What do you think, I just woke up and went and took it from him? Of course it’s the belt. It says it right on there. You don’t think the belt would lie, do you? It says ‘UFC middleweight champion,’ on there. The real champion sits before you today, undefeated and undisputed.”

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tojo- January 27, 2012 at 10:54 am
Welcome to Two-thousand and Chael?

Welcome to Two-thousand and Jail maddafakka!
fatbellyfrank- January 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm
Ok, I have Tyson via homicide, Armfarmer has Sonnen via Blindfold takedown.
Here is the scenario, Tyson at prime v Sonnen at prime, Bas Rutten is your special guest referee (boom boom KAPOW), calling the bout Michael Schiavello and Joe Rogan. Entering the cage, a blindfolded Chael Sonnen, he stretches, flexes, bumps in to the fence,Tyson enters the cage he has ONE ARM TIED BEHIND HIS BACK, literally, CLLLAAAAANNG the cage door slams shut.....who yagot nation, who ya got
VegasDirt- January 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Chael Sonnen is the man and if you don't think so your just blinded by all that hatorade you just drank.
Super_Sayin- January 26, 2012 at 10:01 am
Chael is obviously watching the same Tony Robbins motivational videos as Diego Sanchez... Think like a champion, and eventually be a champion. Don't hate the system, be like Jon Jones and hate the replica belts.*
XENOPHON- January 26, 2012 at 9:51 am
If Chael is wrong, and Seagal is not paying Anderson Silva to be in his camp, then who is paying Steven Seagal?
rampageisgod- January 26, 2012 at 9:27 am
So because we don't like the guy, we don't get the humor? The guy just isn't funny. He's a loser who thinks he's better than he is, so he acts like this to remain relevant. I'm gonna buy a replica NBA ring and proclaim myself a champion. Maybe people will start to think I'm funny. If they don't, I'll blame it on my Mexican twin, Ignacio.
dranokills- January 26, 2012 at 8:34 am
My favorite part is:
"get outta here and take your fake belt!"
Dude hit the nail on the head for sure, and I bet that burnt Chaels ass.
I like the way Chael fights but fuck a duck he is batshit, bark at the moon, window licking retarded.
Smackdaddiest1- January 26, 2012 at 8:11 am
You people act like you've never seen Chael lose a fight.

Sonnen fighting Silva that night was a perfect storm of circumstances for him. He was on the juice, Silva was hurt and guess what, he still lost in dramatic fashion.

A healthy Silva doesn't let a rematch get out of the second round. Anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional as hell.
ArmFarmer- January 26, 2012 at 7:47 am
I think Chael could dominate tyson blind folded.. and I mean that literally. I think you could put both of them in a cage, blindfold chael, and he would still choke tyson out in 3 minutes or less.
Joedirt- January 26, 2012 at 7:30 am
ytrebil.. In his PRIME Tyson was probably the best heavyweight there has been. He was nowhere near his prime when fighting Lewis. After Cus died Tyson started his slope downward. With Cus alive Tyson may have retired undefeated. Not only was he past his prime when fighting Lewis, but Tyson was naturally not a heavyweight, he gained weight to get into more money in the heavyweights. He fought around 215 in his prime. He was past his prime and gained weight when he fought Lewis, he came in at 234, Lewis who cut weight came in at 249. By fight time there would have been nearly a 30lb difference. Although I'm not a Tyson fan outside of his boxing ability... and I think Sonnen is a great entertainer.
SnackDaddy- January 26, 2012 at 7:28 am
Love the fact that he's holding a belt while giving the interview. Also, Silva is the ultimate heel when it comes to this whole saga. The guy just doesn't say a word in response to Sonnen's blabbering. Sonnen must be going fucking mental. I hope he gets the fight against Silva, for his sake.
ytrebil- January 26, 2012 at 7:01 am
He’s entertaining but he does have a point about Tyson. There’s no doubt he was a fantastic fighter but he was nowhere near being the best. Even Lennox Lewis has a better career than Tyson AND beat him, but he doesn’t get the same publicity due to his personality and behaviour outside of the ring.

However, what he says about Silva is just sour grapes.
Dagnut- January 26, 2012 at 6:29 am
He's a salesman.
knucklesamitch- January 26, 2012 at 5:29 am
If anyone doesn't think this dude is hilarious, then you don't get humor.
errandboy- January 26, 2012 at 5:13 am
Silva should just come out and say he will never give Sonnen a rematch, it would ruin Sonnen much like Sugar Ray Leonard did to Marvin Hagler
RaginAsian- January 26, 2012 at 3:26 am
Chael 1; CP Commenters 0
If you really think he's as delusional as he pretends to be, you must have forgotten that when he beat Paulo Filho in their non-title rematch, he didn't consider it winning the championship he promised to his dying father. Of course he knows he lost the fight. If he didn't, why the hell would he lobby so hard for a rematch? He's not planning on calling out GSP and Bones because he actually wants to fight them, he's doing it because those are fights the fans wanted for Silva and he wants to make him look bad by pursuing them.
There are three big money championship fights waiting to be made right now. GSP vs. Diaz, Bones vs. Evans, and Silva vs. Sonnen II. If/when Chael wins his fight this weekend, I don't think he calls out GSP or Bones. I think he calls out Dana to make the rematch happen.
fatbellyfrank- January 26, 2012 at 12:19 am
@ rearnakedspoon, he, but oi vey, back in the day
fatbellyfrank- January 26, 2012 at 12:16 am
Sopapo Says:
Wed, 01/25/12 - 09:27
Please guys don’t say Tyson would kill him. Did any of you watch the Toney vs Couture fight? Did it seem competetive?
OK, Kill him sounds a bit over the top, but let me explain, I'm thinking Tyson at prime v Sonnen at prime, enjoyed the shit out of watching it, but Couture/Toney was a sideshow.
Tyson, at his absolute prime, was a killer, I recall watching an interview with Tyson many years ago where he stated he would like to see if he could drive an opponents nasal septum into his brain,(not in those exact words)footage of his next few fights in the way he set up, executed then looked for the damage done with his knockouts was slightly disturbing.
With the skill sets, If Sonnen could get past Tysons hands he would prol take him down, however, Tyson's boxing at his sharpest against the best stand up Sonnen has ever produced could realistically lead to Sonnen's death in the ring/cage. Of course, this is just my opinion, nice talking with ya Sopapo. Happy Australia day to all my CP bros
RearNakedSpoon- January 26, 2012 at 12:05 am
I'm sure Tyson has a better sense of humour than you lot.
Joedirt- January 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm
Sopapo... please Toney is a can. He is washed up in boxing... how did he expect to make the transition? It was a cash grab.
Tyson was the real deal... up until the Frank Bruno fight. Then he stopped training. If cus didn't die I think Tyson would have retired undefeated. When Cus died Tyson was never the same. I think Sonnen is awesome but Tyson would murder him still.
Anhonestmoose- January 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm
Did he ask a single question about the upcoming fight? I have to say, I was never impressed with LeBatard when he was on Around the Horn and I'm not impressed with his current show. Chael by sub over Bisping (or Mike Tyson, yes even in his prime)
Get Off Me- January 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm
Chael should no longer do ESPN interviews.
The only time he is challenged on his act is on ESPN or affiliates.
It tarnishes things and I believe the interviewers are instructed from producer to stay on the fake champion act to make mma look like a joke.
I do not think that someone(non mma fan) who just saw that interview would care to see Chael fight or even know when he is fighting and how to watch.
This is ESPN's way to make the UFC look like a joke and they pull it off well interviewing Chael.
Chael's gotta drop the champion BS, get more creative, stop stealing original catch phrases and improve his submissions defense.
Sopapo- January 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm
Please guys don't say Tyson would kill him. Did any of you watch the Toney vs Couture fight? Did it seem competetive?
Sopapo- January 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm
Fuck guys, don't give soennen Shit. He's the most funny fighter in the past twenty years. He bashes at people then says it was a mexican dude AND THEY BELIEVE HIM.
His the god of trolls (in the best way)
fatbellyfrank- January 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm
@machineboi, it had to happen sooner or later, I agree with you 100%, Sonnen isn't fit to lace Tyson's boots yet he carries on with this crap. Tyson would kill him, and yes, I do mean that literally.
Sonnen will beat Bisping, (meh who gives a fuck about either douche), and Spidey's not scared of this fuckwit as has been suggested, he just doesn't buy into the no balls, criminal, lying piece of shits schtick and waste his time on it. Sonnen is nothing but a loudmouth who's had limited success in MMA