Giving more weight to our theory that Chael Sonnen legitimately suffers from multiple personality disorder, the UFC’s #1 middleweight contender did an interview with Ariel Helwani yesterday in which he denied saying that Lance Armstrong gave himself cancer by taking steroids. Keep in mind that Sonnen made those incendiary comments on a publicly-broadcast radio interview that you can still listen to any time you feel like it. Here’s the exchange with Helwani, which begins at the 4:19 mark:
AH: A lot of people took offense to what you said about Lance Armstrong recently, to Larry Pepe. Can you elaborate on that?
CS: I never did an interview with Larry Pepe.
AH: The Lance Armstrong stuff, you never said.
CS: I never spoke of Lance Armstrong ever. Never. Not until just now.
Are we being masterfully trolled or is Chael, as they say, cuckoo for cocoa puffs? On one hand, Sonnen appears to be playing the MMA media like a fiddle, saying whatever’s necessary to ensure that we keep writing/reading about him. The other possibility is that he honestly doesn’t remember doing an interview with Larry Pepe, or accusing Lance Armstrong of being a drug-cheat.
We’re reminded of the incident in which Sonnen made offensive comments about Ed Soares on his Twitter page, then denied having a Twitter page when his comments started drawing mainstream heat (then admitted it again when he was back in the safe confines of an MMA interview show). So maybe Chael Sonnen’s not crazy. Maybe he just isn’t brave enough to stand by his words. We’ll see how that works out for him against Anderson Silva on Saturday night…