Chael Sonnen is better than a "Quote-a-day" calendar and although he isn’t making any friends in the business with the vitriolic comments he’s been making lately about various fighters, his stock has been on the rise with fans, thanks in large part to his way with words.
In an interview with Fight! Magazine’s Danny Acosta this past weekend at the UFC Fan Expo, the outspoken Team Quest fighter fired a few potshots at some former and current UFC champions.
"Having a big opportunity is no reason to be arrogant. Being a number one contender has never been my goal. Being a main event has never been my goal. Being champion has been my goal. I’ll remain humble and once I get the belt I’ll become a real jerk, I imagine."
"If I beat Anderson Silva and become the World Champion, I imagine I’ll get in a public dispute with the UFC, I’ll call Dana a bunch of names throughout the media and I imagine I’ll leave the company. After about a year or so, I’ll realize that there’s nowhere else to go, return to the UFC with a raise and probably coach the reality show. I’m just sayin’ it seems to be the trend, doesn’t it?"
"I won’t watch the A-Team movie. That was my favorite TV show, but they cast the wrong guy. I won’t be watching it."
Finally, Sonnen explained that although he fights in the most talented weight class in MMA, he would love to jump up to 205 to put the stamp on some of that division’s best.
"185 pounds is the toughest division in the business. If you’re going to go after the belt, go after the tough one. I’d love to get a night off and go beat up some of [the UFC's light heavyweights]. For god’s sake, 205 had a karate guy that was their champion. That weight class is a joke."