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Incredible: Despite Video Admission, Sonnen Still Denying he has a Twitter Account


(See, this only looks like a picture of Chael Sonnen getting arm-barred by Jeremy Horn at UFC 60. It’s actually just a clever Chael Sonnen impersonator. PicProps: Susumu)

So in a nutshell, here’s what Chael Sonnen would currently have us believe about his “fake” Twitter feed: Back in February, some enterprising imposter started an account in Sonnen’s name for the purpose of … well, we’re not sure exactly why … but over the next four months only used the account to post a grand total of 10 tweets (two of which link to Sonnen’s website) and did such a good job parroting the middleweight’s distinctively crazy voice that not only did no one notice the charade, but the UFC’s official twitter feed and Sonnen’s own “official campaign” Twitter account both became followers of the "fake" Chael Sonnen.

At least that’s the story Sonnen seemed to be sticking to as recently as Friday, when he appeared on stage for a Q&A session with luminaries from the UFC Fight Club in Vancouver and again reportedly claimed that he does not have a Twitter account. This despite the small matter of a video from a couple months back where he not only admits it to Ariel Helwani (at about the 45:40 mark) but spells out the “fake” account’s address so we can all find it.

Apparently, if someone is impersonating Chael Sonnen on Twitter, they’re doing such a great job that even he thought it was his real account for a while there.


As he is wont to do, Sonnen spent the bulk of his time at the Q&A badmouthing Anderson Silva and also dismissed Georges St. Pierre‘s interest in giving Olympic wrestling a shot. It’s thus far been those comments that have nabbed the headlines. Case in point:

“(Silva) has a black belt from the Nogueira brothers, but to me, a black belt from the Nogueira brothers is like a free toy in a Happy Meal,” Sonnen said. “One (of the Nogueira brothers) is a punching bag. The other, I just ignore.”

And on the topic of St. Pierre’s Olympic dreams …

"In fairness, (GSP) is not going to make an Olympic (wrestling) team …," Sonnen said. “I think he could probably be a top-10 guy. He wouldn’t break into the top six – and not because he’s not a good enough athlete, but (in the U.S.) these are young kids that have been doing it since they were eight, nine years old.”

His continued denial of the Twitter account got only a passing reference in Kevin Iole’s most recent column, which is kind of amazing when you consider that Sonnen seems to be so obviously lying about it.

Clearly the “truth” has long been a fluid concept in the former WEC champion’s world. We knew that prior to his UFC 109 bout with Nate Marquardt when he claimed in an interview with Old Dad that he had no idea Marquardt had fought Anderson Silva back in 2007. Was that true? Maybe, but it appears more likely that Sonnen just wanted to say that Marquardt “hadn’t fought anyone” in the UFC, so he bent the facts to fit his storyline.

Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be such a bad trait for a fighter whose job description involves hyping events and selling pay-per-views. But since Sonnen is also a Republican candidate for the Oregon State Legislature, his unabashed willingness to just say whatever comes into his mind – regardless of its basis in actual fact — is kind of awe-inspiring. It’s also going to draw more attention. That some of the things that allegedly came to mind recently for the aspiring politician were a tad culturally insensitive eventually caught the eye of The Huffington Post, and that’s what started this whole Twitter debacle.

If Sonnen really did post those nasty things about Silva on Twitter, you’d think getting caught and then trying to bluff his way out of it might threaten his self-styled image as a hard-working, straight-talking badass, but that would involve a small amount of introspection on Sonnen’s part … and that seems far-fetched.

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tgilaura- June 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm
If Chael Sonnen's Twitter account did not exist, man would have to invent it.
Arm-pub- June 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm
They should put Jeremy Horn to run against Chael Sonnen for office. Horn has already beaten Chael 3 times in the cage, might as well try something new.
Arm-pub- June 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Chael Sonnen was never WEC champion. Paulo Filho didn't make weight so the belt was not on the line.

Also, Chael = Douche; Silva = Talented Douche. Just throwing that out there.
Almost North- June 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm
@mofo

Amen brother.
fatbellyfrank- June 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm
Fuck him, who could be bothered where this fuckwit is going now with his rambling bullshit,I am now hoping Silva just humiliates him over the five rounds, and treats him with the complete contempt he deserves. I would even be happy with a Dancing with the stars exhibition, as long as Sonnen is beaten and broken by the end.
Yea I know, fairly huge backflip fron my stance 2 minutes after the Meia fight, but Sonnen is an annoyin prick.
Mofo- June 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Wait, why should I give a fuck if Sonnen has a twitter account? This post reads like an E News discussion of Lindsey Lohan's alcohol anklet. But maybe I'm just being overly grouchy today.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm
I think somebody needs to compile a tribute video of his shit-talking campaign to play in a closed loop at his closed-casket funeral. It's the single greatest moment of glory he has ever achieved. After his fighting career and his political aspirations vanish in the breeze, there will be "The Twitter Debacle" of 2010 and the many moments of near amusement it created for so many.
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- June 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Sonnen is hilarious. The dude makes me laugh and I actually want to see an Anderson Silva fight now, despite the fact that I have sworn off watching the Spider twice already.

Sonnen's wrestling is really good, he will win round one and get KTFO'd or choked out in round 2.
Studlee- June 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm
A republican being racist and they lying when its totaly obv. he's lying SHOCKING!
PurplePickle- June 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm
As to the truth about his twitter account, it is an issue if he is a serous candidate to a state office. This kind of duplicity is usually reserved for gubernatorial or national office sized campaigns. Save this kind of shady shit for the big leagues, Chael.

And Jon Fitch, if you're reading this, take notes. Just run off at the mouth every chance you get and people will forget how boring your fights are and you will be back in title contention in no time.
fightfan- June 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm
Sonnen dont got a chance. I personally think the fight is gonna go NO DIFFERENT than the Leites fight. Sonnen has ZERO jits, while at least Leites wanted to get to the ground. Sonnen is not going to shoot and shoot until he gets a takedown....or "attempts" to get one.

Sonnen is skeeeeeeeeeeeered as hell. He is slower than Maia or Leites. If he REALLY thinks he is gonna shoot 5 times and still be able to stand at the end of the fight, yet alone, not be crippled is delusional. Sonnen is ALREADY backtracking and saying someone must of hacked into his Twitter account and made up a "fake" Twitter account.

Sonnen is too occupied in his "politcal career". The best, most experienced, best in shape adn trained Sonnen has little if ANY chance of beating Silva. I cant wait for the betting lines. They might break a record for a men's title fight. I am thinking about -1500 for Silva and +900 for Sonnen. I can not wait to see this fight. I think Silva will do a lot of dancing around(just to clown Sonnen into shooting, because I dont think Sonnen plans on doing much of it.....BUT Spider will land strike after leg kick, after knee(s), after strike, after strike until he makes Sonnen quit. I think that the ref will have to stop the fight because Sonnen will not be able to walk, he will have his nose smashed and broke/bloodied, and maybe an eye socket or both bloodied and smashed. In simplest terms, I think Silva will beat Sonned so badly WITHOUT stopping him, just so he forces him to quit or have the ref save him from serious injuries. I can see Sonnen looking worse than Sakuraba after his beating from Wandy and Arona(well, from many others also).

I am praying and really believe that Silva will make a statement that he still is the baddest mma fighter around, period. Silva will redeem himself at UFC 117. I am so pumped. Lets just hope that Sonnen lives up to his trash talk that he is gonna live up to his end and continously try and slam Silva on his head
Goat- June 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Chael is trolling the world and succeeding beautifully
ktfo- June 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm
the yager defense.....damn it.....
PurplePickle- June 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm
1. I'm a Big Nog fan and I think that line was funny. It's shit talking, don't take it for more than what it is.

2. GSP is a superb Mixed Martial Artist, but how well would his wrestling work against an Olympic caliber wrestler who is not concerned with arm bars or knees from the clinch.? Maybe Sonnen has a point.

3. HuffPo requires it's bloggers to be able to menstruate on command (even the males), so who gives a flying fuck about what they find to be insensitive. The (R) behind his name on the ballot is all they need to demonize him.

Chael is pushing me to buy this ppv, not Anderson, and I think the Spider is going to outright murder him from the bottom with elbows and short strikes. But at least Sonnen is doing his part to attract my hardly-earned dollars.
steampunk22- June 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm
He is "want" to do.

;P
Onan- June 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm
So let me get this straight; he's a jerk AND a liar? Sounds like he'll make a fine politician.
MaximumSpaniard- June 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm
Sonnen isn't even a troll. He's just that fucking crazy.
tmoney1987- June 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Fuck Sonnen! he's a fucking chode.. i cant believe im pulling for silva after his last performance, But im really hoping he puts this fuck in his place! And why is he hating on the "nogs" ??? unclassy man just plain UNCLASSY
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