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Chael Sonnen is Sick of Fighters Creating Fake Drama to Sell a Fight…Wait. What?!!


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Chael Sonnen appeared on Sherdog and IBN Sports’ Fight Week and he had some interesting things to say about a number of topics, including his upcoming fight with Brian Stann,  selling fights, smack talking and the allegations that his outspoken American Gangster persona is all an act.

For those of you who can’t watch because you’re at work, on a date or in church, here’s what Chael had to say about:

Whether or not he creates drama:

“You know, I don’t do any of that. I hear that said about, but I don’t manufacture conflict. If I don’t have a problem, I don’t manufacture one. There are some guys on the docket that I just don’t like and I let that be known. But there’s also some guys that I really do like that I’ve had to match up with from Okami to Marquardt, to Brian Stann.”

*I guess calling Okami the “boring anchor that drags fighters to the depths of the undercard” and Marquardt “a cheater” for testing positive for elevated levels of TRT (like he did a year earlier) were terms of endearment.

His upcoming fight with Stann, a man he has respect for:

“Brian was an extra uncomfortable match because we had just got done the setting up to fly out and train together for our upcoming opponents, so that news really hit us from out of the blue. But again, I don’t manufacture conflict. If I don’t mean it, I won’t say it.”

Whether or not he changed, personality-wise:

“I never felt like I ever changed even, as you put it, ‘to be outspoken.’ I never felt like I ever changed but I also didn’t have much of an audience before. Until you work your way up the card – until you get some of those promotional opportunities, you can’t get hurt no matter what your voice is. Everything’s different too. Email came out while I was in college. We didn’t have email. Now we’ve got all of these social networking sites and things like Twitter for example, which the UFC and Dana White in particular have greatly embraced. So it’s pretty easy to get your message out there if you’ve got something to say. But I don’t feel like I’ve ever changed, but some of my opportunities to be heard have gotten bigger.”

Whether or not he tries to sell his fights:

“I’m not in on the selling side of things. There’s a few guys that are, that are actually in on the pay-per-view. You got a guy like Brock Lesnar or Quinton Jackson – there’s a few guys who actually have an interest in selling a match. I don’t like that. I don’t even like the concept, I don’t even like to say it as we sit here now because I feel it’s dishonest. I feel if you are trying to get somebody to purchase something from you – even if it’s a fight, and you misrepresented why it is you’re fighting or what the conflict is, I just find that’s dishonest. And Brian and I, again to use your words of ‘selling a fight,’ we don’t have to have a conflict to sell the fight. It’s a number one contenders’ match. Whoever wins this bout is going to fight for the world title. And that is, again with your words, ‘the selling feature. ‘We don’t have to disparage either person to do that. We just find, ‘Hey, what is it that’s interesting about this match?’ and that’s what it is. The interesting part is the competition itself as opposed to maybe the build up before it. But I don’t get into that and I find it really frustrating when guys do. If you’ve got something to say and you mean it, say it. But if you don’t mean it, don’t say it. If I couldn’t bite, I wouldn’t growl.”

Guys hugging it out after all but threatening to kill each other leading up to the fight:

“That can be real. A lot of times you’ll have animosity and there’s a camaraderie that forms through that battle. Most wars that have been fought, at the end of the day you sit down and you work out a treaty and the two sides continue to work together. That’s not necessarily dishonest, but I do find it very frustrating when a guy grabs the microphone and flat out says, ‘Hey, I did all this to sell a fight.’ I find it flat out confusing when at times even when a UFC announcer part-way through an event that I paid $50 for, says, ‘All of that build-up, none of that was real. It was just created to create money.’ I’m like, ‘Well, give me my money back because you lied to me.’ That’s always bothered me.”

Being let down by a fight that had a classic lead-up:

“Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis was a great build-up. Tyson was gonna – oh, my goodness – he was going to do everything in the world to Lennox and his family and his kids and when it was all over he said, ‘I didn’t mean any of that. I was just tryin’ to sell the fight.’ Well, then you’re a liar, Mike. You’re a liar on top of everything else, so… I don’t like that and I see people attempting to imitate me constantly, but they’re missing the boat. Don’t manufacture conflict. If you can get on the docket with somebody you don’t like, or you really do want to compete with somebody, you can have some interesting build-up there. Let them know why, but don’t make it up.”

Not having a psychological edge over Stann:

“People often talk to me about Brian and they say, ‘How are you going to get in brian’s head? What are you gonna do to get in Brian’s head?’ Do you not understand that this man went into enemy territory at 122-degree temperature, he put on 80 pounds of gear and literally fought a tank. What am I gonna do to get in his head? Nothing. Do you think he’s gonna be scared of me? He wouldn’t be scared of five of me. He’s taken on a tank in 122-degree weather, literally numerous times. So when I hear that whole concept, ‘Scare Brian Stann,’ that’s insane to me. That makes absolutely no sense, so that’s not something I’m going to try to do. One thing I’ll tell people is you’re going to see a battle of men. You’re not gonna see anyone walk to the ring with their little cotton belts and their little pyjamas on and bow at the cage door. You’re going to see two men go out and fight in Texas — God’s country — the home state of MY president, George W. Bush. We’re gonna go fight on October 5 and do you know why we’re gonna fight? Because we said we would. That’s a huge message. Because we said we would. How many times have we bought a ticket to an event because guys said they were going to fight and then they called in sick?”

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Get Off Me- August 3, 2011 at 8:40 am
@Todd M and Armfarmer
How about Anderson being able to control Chael inside his guard for the majority of the fight until he finished Chael off?
I think both fighters were very comfortable in that fight, Chael doing what he does and Anderson doing what I have seen him do in many fights he has won(fighting off his back). What is remarkable is that going into the fight Silva wanted to sub Chael and by the end of the fight he did. Chael wanted to beat Silva up and while it certainly looked like he did, he really didn't and if you have watched enough MMA in your lifetime you would come to the same conclusion. It's not the ultimate takedown championship and there is something called jiu jitsu that fighters use different variations of to win fights.
Get Off Me- August 3, 2011 at 8:13 am
@Rsparrow
See any Bas Rutten interview if you want to be truly entertained.

The thing with Chael is that he cheats, lies, steals, but does not win.... Had he "beat" Silva, so many say that he would be the MW champ, but what we know is that he failed his tests and he would have been stripped of the belt, so no he would not have been champion for more than a few days, the same amount of time it took him to become popular amongst fans and dare I say the same amount of time it will take for fans to forget about this dude.
Chael will beat Stann, anybody who disagrees that's fine, just don't put money on Stann to win. The fight will go down like Chael's victories go down, a ton of laying inside guard on top of his opponent while throwing "hammer fists" until three rounds expire.
ArmFarmer- August 3, 2011 at 5:30 am
@Todd
Don't worry about it, I don't remember every detail either. You tend to form an opinion of a fight after it's over and remember it based off of that, so being a chael fan I just remember "silva getting owned", you being a silva fan remember it differently. It was probably somewhere in the middle. At least we can disagree without calling each other morons and resorting to insults, that's always nice.
SnackDaddy- August 3, 2011 at 5:09 am
this guy's definitely a schizo...
Me likey- August 3, 2011 at 4:58 am
i like stann but think chael is gonna take it. i actually want him to take just so i can watch the pre anderson silva fight hype. there will be some shit talking gold in that mix. if he loses they might give him wand. that would be great as well. i am pretty sure that some brazilian is gonna end up shooting chael.
mothercruncher- August 3, 2011 at 2:41 am
"I never lie" he said, lying.
Todd M- August 3, 2011 at 12:27 am
I just wathed the Silva vs Sonnen fight again and in the first round when Chael rocked him Silva's hand does touch the mat, so I guess he did get dropped. The knockdown in the 5th is definately a slip. My Apologies Armfarmer and MRuss I guess I tend to gloss over the bad things. Chael gave Silva no room in that fight and coupled with the takedowns, Silva was never comfortable. This all said I hope they do fight again and I think Silva will have to try a different approach. BTW I'm a huge Anderson Silva fan (obviously), but who out there couldn't love Chael Sonnen as well
Todd M- August 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm
@ Armfarmer, I hear ya, I think Chaels gonna whup that ass too, but my point was Chael never dropped Silva and lots of peolple say he did, MRuss said he dropped him twice!?
j-k-martin- August 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm
He's a pro wrestler who can actually fight. If you take him seriously then you probably think the Undertaker actually came back from the dead. Enjoy the show.
http://thinkmma.blogspot.com/
RwilsonR- August 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm
This man is a national treasure. Fuck you CSAC for depriving us of him for so long!
ArmFarmer- August 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm
Pretty sure he did drop him. Anderson started getting pissed later and going into attack mode but that just played into chaels game. It's easy to take someone down whos is rushing towards you throwing all kinds of shit. Either way, the point remains that anderson was unable to fend off chael with strikes, so why would stann be able to? I know it only takes one, but how many similar fights have we seen? 9/10 times the wrestler wins these math ups, if not more.
Drinks2Much- August 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm
WHAT A FUCKING COCK SUCKING, DOUCH BAG, TWO FACED, LIEING, HYPOCRITICAL, REPUBLICAN PIECE OF SHIT ! . . . man i really like this guy. can u guys emagine the rematch with SILVA if he stacks up some wins?! willing to bet the best in years.
Todd M- August 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm
@ Armfarmer, he actually outsrtuck anderson...
I agree he surprised Anderson in the first round, even rocked him, but outstruck him, really? I'm sick of people forgetting what happened in the other rounds. Guys like MRuss saying 'Chael dropped Silva' ahh no never happened, Silva would light him up and then Chael smartly took him down.
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ArmFarmer- August 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm
Stann has no chance, horrible style match up agaisnt chael. Marquardt couldn't stop him with strikes, he actually outsrtuck anderson.. This is chaels fight to lose.
I really wish you guys could see what my captcha looks like.. The first word looks like a fucking ink blot. Get rid of that shit already, its completely hetarded.
intercept440- August 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm
oh wait i mean a THT exemption. im trying that bhazilions style of typing to go along with my brazilian language dialog
intercept440- August 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm
i agree wilson he is a funny fucker that can lie right to your face , and he is entertaining, but seriously though i really think he is clinically insane.

@armfarmer its going to be a good fight, but i think Crael gets puts to sleep by a fist in this one. unless he gets a TRT exemption.
ArmFarmer- August 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm
Say what you want about Chael but he's gonna take out stann, then take andersons belt like he should have the first time. Hemember these words, hemember them.
RwilsonR- August 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm
Nobody sells hypocrisy with a straight face quite like my boy Chael. I hope Dana never lets this guy go.
RSparrow- August 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Love the guy, man really hate this fight. God's Country, that's right !! I'll be cageside, really lookin' forward to this one. Chael can have an hour long interview and I would listen to the entire thing, I think that's the only fighter I could do that for.
Noodle- August 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Don't be silly, Parchy! Iron Mike can't afford the bus fare.
Vunter Slaush- August 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm
if you don't like chael sonnen, KICK ROCKS BITCH!
DaltonSwayze- August 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm
There is seriously a { in the CAPTCHA. Whoa.

Also, how can you not like Sonnen? I know, I know, everyone hates him, but he's awesome, even in relatively tame interviews
Kid Clam Curtains- August 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm
sociopath
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