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Chael Sonnen Says He Was Out When Josh Rosenthal Called the Fight

(Video courtesy YouTube/HDNet)

Chael Sonnen sat down with Mike Straka for the HDNet interviewer’s "Fighting Words" show the day after his UFC 117 war with Anderson Silva and spoke a bout a variety of topics including his loss to the UFC middleweight champion, the fact that he didn’t get a cut of the PPV earnings and the fact that he visits a sports psychologist to help deal with the weight a loss like he had against "The Spider"two weeks ago heaps on him emotionally.

Overall, it was another polarizing interview, minus all of the pre-fight posturing that has garnered him so much attention (which he maintains was not an act), but it what the Oregon wrestler said about the controversial tap and subsequent stoppage at the end of the fight was arguably the most interesting tidbit from the Q&A session.

Here’s Chael’s recollection of the heavily-debated Hulk Hogan-esque double tap:

"I never once disputed the tap, but I also didn’t know it happened. Whether I tapped or I didn’t tap — and that’s by no way me saying I didn’t tap [because] I haven’t seen the video — it was the right stoppage. [Referee] Josh [Rosenthal] woke me up to let me know the fight was over. Josh was saying my name the same way my mother used to wake me up for school in the morning. ‘Chael…Chael…’She’d say it over and over and it would kind of get in my dream and I’d snap out of it. That’s what it was like with Josh. He repeated my name three or four times and I remember when I came to, [I asked] ‘Am I the champion?’ I didn’t know how it ended. Josh Rosenthal is awesome. The UFC has awesome refs, and with that being said, he’s at the top of the list. Above all, his job is to keep us safe and he’s always kept me safe."

So much for the theories that he denied tapping or that he didn’t tap.

Here’s the second half of the interview:

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grass fed beef- February 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm
He that goes aborrowing goes asorrowing.
J-Dog- August 17, 2010 at 10:10 am
He gave the interview of a true champion
agentsmith- August 17, 2010 at 9:19 am
He's been humbled by the loss, but he still spews alot of complete bullshit. Never lost a round, only lost twice in the last 4 years, beaten every champ of every promotion, could win the LHW belt without breaking a sweat, etc. He still lives in his own fantasy world.
Sine- August 17, 2010 at 4:22 am
as much as he pissed me off with the prefight trash he's really been a class act after the match. def want to see a rematch....
Frank Mur- August 17, 2010 at 3:44 am
How can you not like this Guy? I was fully entertained through pre fight, fight, and post fight. I'd pay for the rematch before I'd ever pay to see Silva fight anyone else. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Love him or hate him, he did what no one else at 185 could do, make an Anderson Silva fight exciting
fatbellyfrank- August 16, 2010 at 11:31 pm
I think we can now all ageree, Chael was winning right up til he lost
fatbellyfrank- August 16, 2010 at 11:30 pm
^ LOL and then supported by 50,000 comments on CP. Chael lost, can we just accept it and move on, Fedor didn't even get this many post mortems when he lost to Werdum
halfbreed23- August 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

"So much for the theories... that he didn't tap." Like the one put forth by CP?
k-onda- August 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm
Chael, buddy! You hit the guy 200 some-odd billion times!
That's it! Damn, new thread, y'all see what you can do with it:

Chael Sonnen's hands are so soft -
his opponents don't get out from under him cause they're trying to hide their erections.

Chael Sonnen's hands are so soft -
his mom used to wake him up by taking his cotton vasaline filled gloves away from him and whisper, "Chael! Chael!"
RwilsonR- August 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm
@ W

Dubbayoo- August 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Chris Leben said that he'd walk thru Silva's punches and send him back to Japan, only to get slaughtered in a minute and Anderson *literally* landing every shot he threw. And Sonnen walks the walk he talked and people think he's f'ed up. He's smarter and more driven than most peeps can handle. I think people are even more overwhelmed now because he's actually been humble and gracious afterward. He didn't give a flaky tap, he was in fight mode and going to sleep at the same time, he has no recollection of his clear as day tap that he never protested. Watch the video, you can clearly hear Rosenthal say "you tapped" and Sonnen says "I believe you"... Come on people, look at it objectively! Give him props, he's got the heart of a champ, he just doesn't have a belt.
Big Shafty- August 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm
Is it me or is Sarah Kaufman doing double duty fighting under the alias Chael Sonnen?
RwilsonR- August 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm
I kinda agree with drano's analysis, where something is just a little bit off in the guy. But I think one thing we should all thank Chael is that he really brought the fight to Anderson and made Anderson earn his belt. I thought Chael's prefight talk was a bunch of blustering hype, which I found hilarious, but I understand why a lot of people didn't like it. But in the end, he wasn't all bluster, and he largely did what he said he would do. He came in there unafriad of Anderson's mystique, and he put Anderson on "his prissy ass" and he made him fight. Anderson never had a chance to dance around and piss people off. Chael made good on his promises, and was 2 minutes away from sweeping the score cards. He should hold his head up high for that, and as a fan, I appreciate a guy who is willing to give it his all.

Also, I never knew where the "Chael denied he tapped" nonsense came from. Even at the post-fight press conference he said it was a good stoppage. He sometimes says a lot of contradictory things, but I never heard Chael dispute this. And at the end of the fight that night, he did look more bewildered than anything. He wasn't jumping up and down complaining about the stoppage.
TheArtof8Limbs- August 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm
Its getting harder and harder not to like this guy...I seriously underestimated Chael (twice) i'm looking forward to his next fight whomever his opponent is, hopefully Belfort.
mt59801- August 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm
how are people still bitching about his pre-fight interviews? For 4.8 rounds he did exactly what he said he was going to do.
FrankB- August 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Chael is a straight up stud. Looking forward to him becoming the champ.
FreddyFangers- August 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm
That was a well taught Team Quest tap..
Morningwood- August 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm
I've like Chael since he was in the WEC. this makes me like him even more. Honest, transparent, disappointed, complimentary, and looking forward. It also goes to show how fighters like Chael and others have a persona for pre fight publicity. Which may not reflect their true personalities away from the fight or media.

We have to judge them on what we see. So, I'm glad I got to see this interview.
dranokills- August 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm
I really think Chael is a tad bit touched in the head. ever so slightly something is off in his mind that is not off in normal folks. I think it is so small it works to his advantage, and in normal life situations it doesn't show, so he can function in society.
I think this is why he can do what he can do.
All that aside I give him credit, if I hadn't watched that fight with my own 2 eyes I would have never believed in a million years he could have fought Anderson like that, and he just added me as a fan. I certainly think more of Chael's skills than I do Anderson's.
ccman- August 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm
I give him props, he took the loss with a laugh, gave silva his due, admitted to being asleep.

even those who Hate his prefight verbal, gotta respect his post.
glassjawsh- August 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm
chael sonnen - "ive lost two fights in the last 4 years one to paulo filho and one to anderson silva" duurrrrrr damien urrrrr maia urrrrrrrrr did the sports psychologist helped you repress that one michael?
cecils_pupils- August 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Of course he didn't remember tapping if he was out... at least he's not tryin' to say a week later that it didn't happen. So there - suck it Soares.
nickyroose- August 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm
I think Chael is doing the honorable thing. Kudos to him for being responsible and not acting insane.
destinationblood- August 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm
The 11:20 mark in video 1 has the funniest noise from mike straka ever when they are talking about the mats cutting up his knees, its kind of like, yea chael i know the same feeling the morning after the park and ride
fourTwenty- August 16, 2010 at 11:55 am
He didn't look out. He's trying to save face 'cause he got caught pulling a "Brazilian Tap." Or "Team Quest Tap" whichever.