MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Chael Sonnen Quote-A-Thon: “MMA Live” Edition

“Look into my eyes, Keith Kizer…look deep into my eyes. You are getting very sleepy…you hate drug tests...”  (Photo: ESPN)

Chael Sonnen has clearly distanced himself from his peers in the art of the interview. His sound bites, validity aside, are second to none. Perhaps gearing up for his hosting duties at next month’s ‘Fighters Only World MMA Awards”, Sonnen joined Jon Anik and Kenny Florian on last night’s episode of “MMA Live”. As expected, Chael did not disappoint, and we’ve got the highlights…

Host Jon Anik asks if Carlos Condit, having taken the title fight on short notice, has actually caught a break with GSP’s injury in that he’ll now have more time to prepare for his opponent and a five round affair (video) :

“I don’t think so, and I don’t think this fight’s going to come back for quite some time. Listen, if you’re the champion, you remain champion until you lose the title. If you’re the number one contender, you absolutely are not ingrained in any type of stone. As a matter of fact, not only do I believe he has lost this opportunity, I believe the winner of Diaz-BJ Penn will get the next opportunity against GSP.”

Chael brings up an interesting point. Dana has already stated that Diaz is on deck if he gets past Penn, and he was obviously the first choice to begin with. Is there any chance that Condit gets Rashad’d if the pride of Stockton puts on an impressive performance next week?

Chael’s thoughts on the gamesmanship of the Diaz camp lobbying to extend his bout with Penn to a five-round tilt. (video) :

“Let’s not miss what’s really happening here. If you’re a Diaz fan, you got to swallow real hard when he tries to change the parameters that have already been agreed to. What he really just did was he came out and said, ‘Look, I can’t get the job done in fifteen minutes. Let’s change the agreement’. BJ comes back and simply says, ‘Hey, I got no problem with it. I can put you away in fifteen minutes.’ The third side of this is as a fan. Listen, guys, I want to see you compete but you’re getting fifteen minutes of my life and that’s it. After three rounds, fade to black, roll the credits, I got other things to do…You don’t change a deal once a deal’s in place.”

Sage words from the “American Gangster”. When a man challenges someone and lays out the stakes, he lives or dies by his words.

Never one to hide his feelings, Chael shares his thoughts on the newest addition to the UFC’s heavyweight division (video) :

“I’m on the other side of the fence with Overeem. Look, the guy’s built for show, not for go, ok? He’s made for a poster. He looks like he’s made out of clay, I understand all of that stuff. He’s not a very good fighter. And as far as the K-1 being this great striking event, the K-1 is a striking only event. If you’re in the K-1 you’re allowed only to strike, but I’ve never seen a great striker there. I can discredit the K-1 with two syllables: Bob Sapp.”

“Built for show”? If there’s one person I’d expect to appreciate the fine art of body building it would be the owner of the “largest arm in West Linn, Oregon”.

Sonnen’s thoughts about Ed Soares’ recent statements that, although Chael doesn’t deserve a rematch, a bout with Michael Bispingcould be a good opportunity” for Silva. (video)

“Apparently the ‘Ed Soares Excuse Factory’ is open for business. There’s a couple of things going on here. First off, a champion doesn’t call somebody out. If you’re the champion you get called out. So I think it’s a little odd and unprecedented that Anderson is now trying to pick a fight. Secondly, he’s doing the same thing I am. He’s calling Bisping out because he’s an easy fight. Well, I want an easy fight too and that’s why I’m calling him out. So I get it.”

If Chael wants a rematch so badly, he’s going to have to drop the subtlety and just flat out ask for it.

To close the show, Chael gets in the Halloween spirit and takes one last shot at his nemesis. (video) :

“Let me ask a question, instead of fact or fiction, let me make it A or B. A) Will Anderson Silva go as a duck for Halloween this year or B) will he dress as a chicken? I’m going to go B. I think he goes as chicken because he already has the costume.”

“The People’s Champion” has given us a lot to chew on. What are the most credible, and least credible, of his assertions?

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Dr. Nacho- October 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Chael Sonnen is awesome. He's managed to grab everybody's attention and keep it even when he was completely in-active as a fighter. His rants do get a little bit to WWE at times, but he has admitted that he realizes that a big part of what he dose is for entertainment. It's the entertainment part of the UFC and MMA that puts asses in the seats and sells Pay-Per-Views. And guess what, it works. I wish more fighters had mic skills like Chael Sonnen. And best of all, he's able to back every ridiculous word he says with some serious skills inside the cage.

My favorite Chael Quote:

(oddly enough, he says this after he gets beat by Silva)

'Anderson Silvas ribs have the same problem that his arms and legs do, they're attached to a wimp'
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ccman- October 23, 2011 at 10:12 am
K one at a time here:
A. I think Condit being inactive will work against him, historically it has in the UFC.
B. Fuck the Stockton crew and Gracies shennanigans. only time he has said a word of truth or sense was when he busted out Diaz for skipping the press conference. as for the fighter leaves thing that he gets shit for here, I guarantee he got an earfull on the loser leaves town bit. And i was was there and saw Silva, he hide his face and looked like life was over when Sonnen won. He REALLY does not want this fight. If he thought it was an easy fight he would be grabbing it. I like Spider, but i do think he is ducking this one. Soares will fight like mad to avoid the loss of his golden goose.
C. Though badly said, he is half right, K-1 Fighters generally falter in the elite level of MMA, same as boxers, you can look real good striking when you are not worried about having your feet ripped out from under you. Overeem has not faced top notch MMA competition in a really long time and never at heavyweight. And was medium at best at LHW. Also Overeem always looks deflated and slow when he has to fight in the testing US.
D. Look at second half of of B. Says it all on Bisping now suddenly being a #1 contender, seriously does anyone really think that Bisping with zero ground game, has a chance striking with Silva? Anybody?? anyone??
Capital- October 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm
At least Sonnen walk the talk,,,,,,,unlike the internets pussys here!
HandsofGold- October 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm
@NinjaVanish

Butt hurt much..... lmao fairy go play mario cart.
Phil Baloni- October 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm
only thing more amusing than sonnen shenannies is all the butt hurt kids that take mma super personal and get more worked up than a Tony Little infomercial
mt59801- October 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm
I can see Diaz beating Penn, then facing Condit before getting the match with the Canadian Lay n Praydian. On paper it looks like penn has the advantage, but he fights poorly when frustrated and diaz with his granite chin is going to frustrate the shit out of him.
NinjaVanish- October 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm
So fucking tired of this site hanging off of Sonnen's dick, seriously. Peace out until I can get one day without a fucking worthless Sonnen article. You clowns realize he isn't the champ, right?
SnackDaddy- October 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Lets have Bisping fight Sonnen. It's gonna be a good one and i won't be surprised if Bisping wins. People are judging Sonnen too much from his last fight. He still hasn't impressed me all that much.
intercept440- October 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm
danomite pretty much said everything that needs to be said
madcowboy- October 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm
WOW I do not think I have ever seen anyone talk so much smack after getting punked on the same move by Silva that Stale Kale has been submitted like 5 times before!!! and he probably did it with hurt ribs, and Kale you dont have your roids to fall back on this time if you get a rematch. Oh lets not forget if you had beat Spider you would have only won by decision because you could not finish him you punk, he finished you in 5 seconds of a 5 minute fight..lmfao
Crow42- October 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Wow u guys are in 4 a shock talking bout overrem will gass in the 3rd enroute to a brock win, ughh shouldn't be the other way around brock should be the 1 worried bout cardio n I look 4ward to seeing brock getting someone who every1 says its overrated , well shall see how overated brock is when he loses 2 overreem, as 4 chael I don't get what people see in him I guess thoese fans like wwe cuz if u wanna laugh , watch comedy central if not let's fight and shuit the fuck up on top of that the man lost so his words hold little weight with REAL MEN
halfbreed23- October 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm
@Tai-Pan "His striking is good, possibly the best in the HW division."

Then you clearly disagree with Sonnen. Don't start off saying he's right about everything then immediately contradict yourself.
Tai-Pan- October 22, 2011 at 11:45 am
He is right on all accounts. Condit could be easily screwed if Diaz manages to light up Penn, mind you Diaz v Condit would be a sick fight.
Overeem is fucking over rated. His striking is good, possibly the best in the HW division, but Lesnar is going to take him down with relative ease and Overeem will gas by 4 minutes of the first round. Lesnar wins via 3rd round TKO. Reem's gas tank is shit and he's never been tested against an elite wrestler at HW.
Make Bisping fight Sonnen for a shot at Silva. I am comfortable with this because there is no fucking chance in hell Bisping beats Sonnen, although he probably beats Miller.
RwilsonR- October 22, 2011 at 11:34 am
Don't you ever threaten to be in a loser leaves town match, Uncle Chael. We can't risk losing you!
Deadpanda- October 22, 2011 at 11:28 am
I wish all trolls were as good as Chael, he is the Golden Goose of trash talk.
newly sober- October 22, 2011 at 11:27 am
@Dojima
I have only seen his highlight reels (and that terrible Werdum fight) but his striking looked pretty good to me too.
myklhoey- October 22, 2011 at 11:15 am
i cannot for the life of me undastand why people dont like sonnen. mcmahon is a master mind the way he creates charicters that people eatha love or hate, but still pay to see them, people are trippin ova this dude hostin the mma awards like hes a bad representaion of the sport, people like him and rampage and lesner and diaz attrcat people.
and he is good, weak in his grapplin defence but seems to be gettin betta, i like dude. hes a all aound good package minus the rap sheet
Ellipsoidal- October 22, 2011 at 11:09 am
What's the logic behind having Chael host an awards show? The usual procedure with those things is that the host is somewhat funny, but overall is inoffensive and bland. Chael has called half the fighters in the world chickenshit, untalented, etc., at some point. Do they mail all the awards and do the show in an empty studio? Will he be hosting from inside a locked dog kennel? Will they be turning Brazilians away at the door?
danomite- October 22, 2011 at 10:57 am
don't worry guys, Diaz isn't beating Penn.
Dojima- October 22, 2011 at 10:55 am
His take on The Reem and K-1 is dead wrong. "I've never seen a great striker there" is probably one of the dumbest things I've ever heard him say. If Overeem is training nothing but wrestling and takedown defense, which I'm sure he is because thats all he has to worry about, Lesnar is going to get smashed even worse than the drubbing Cain gave him.
CrushCo- October 22, 2011 at 10:46 am
@newly sober: Rashad also sat around for a while waiting for his shot, if I'm not mistaken. It doesn't sound like GSP will be out that long, but if something delays his return I could see Condit taking another fight and the timing just playing out to where a victorious Diaz gets the next shot.
newly sober- October 22, 2011 at 10:41 am
His thoughts on Condit getting sidelined are valid but the thing with Rashad was he asked for other fights. I don't know if Condit will take another fight in mean time.
I think it will go down like this. If Penn wins then Condit keeps shot. If Diaz wins, Condit is booted.
I cant take any of his Silva comments seriously because it is so obvious he is just trying to pick a fight. One thing that is true is the thought about a champion calling people out. Champions don't do that.
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