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Exclusive: Chael Sonnen Weighs in on Anderson Silva, Demian Maia at UFC 112


(Our last hope? Photo courtesy of Fight! Magazine.)

By CagePotato contributor Matt Kaplan

Chael Sonnen is many things: top UFC middleweight contender, hopeful Oregon state rep, realtor, quote generator. An Anderson Silva fan, though, he is not. After thrashing Nate Marquardt at UFC 109, Sonnen is next in line to take on what he sees as an “insignificant” champion in Silva, who, despite his best efforts, “couldn’t” finish Demian Maia at UFC 112. Ladies and gentlemen, Chael Sonnen…

CAGEPOTATO.COM: Were you at all rubbed the wrong way by Anderson Silva’s fight against Demian Maia at UFC 112?
CHAEL SONNEN: No, I did my level best to watch the fight, but just couldn’t get through it.

Dana White was effusively apologetic after the fight. Do you think Silva owes anyone an apology? Would it even make a difference?
He is insignificant, really. Nobody cares about him. They never have. If BJ wasn’t on that card, that arena would have been a ghost town.

Did you see anything in that fight that made you even more confident in your chances at beating Silva?
No, he was dominant over a tough guy, impressive in ways.

What impressed you about Silva’s performance?
He is accurate and moves well.

Why do you think he didn’t put away Maia, whom he clearly outclassed in the stand-up game?
He couldn’t, Maia was too tough.

Did you perceive the goading, motioning, shouting by Silva to be showmanship or disrespect? Or perhaps a little bit of both?
Look, I’m not a gang banger. I don’t talk about “respect.” That term is for street thugs, not me.



Do you feel that Maia should have been fighting for the title?
Sure, Maia is awesome.

What will you bring to the cage that Silva will struggle with?
I expect him to hit me, and I expect it to hurt. I just don’t care.

Georges St-Pierre was cageside, and many felt that a GSP-Silva fight at 170 lbs. was likely to follow. How do you feel about that potential fight?
I’d like to see it. GSP is fun.

What are MMA fans guaranteed to see from you when you fight for the title?
A fight. There is nothing in my background to make you think I will run, dance, or hide.

Finally, aside from your fighting skills, what do you think will make you a great MMA champion?
Who cares?

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ghostboner- April 16, 2010 at 12:44 am
Fuck all y'all, I'm with machineboi. KILL WHITEY!!!
ZombieRock- April 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm
"Costco's garden area." That was epic. Sonnen really is a Republican douchebag.
samkuk- April 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm
wow this guys a retard poorest interview in the world never again i hope
fatbellyfrank- April 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm
Agree with David B and Rex, machineboi, the only time we see you on this site is when your playin the race card. None of us give a fuck, this is not a particularly politically correct site in the first place, so why don't you stick your soapbox up your fucken ass, do us all a favour and fuck off somewhere else
David_Banner- April 15, 2010 at 7:34 am
Machineboi AKA Idiot. I never read anything where Sonnen linked gang bangers to black people. He associated "respect" or the term, being "disrepected" to one of the many "gang" cliches popular culture clings too. You know Machineboi, the popular culture that is sold to millions of suburb white kids every year? I find it amazing retards like you stand guard over the gates of Black People, striking down any white person that so much as breaths humor and or displeasure into anything associated with the activities of Black America. How dare us?!

I think the ironic part is you present yourself as a bigger racist then the majority of white people you attack. I think thats why you are tired and angry.
David_Banner- April 15, 2010 at 7:15 am
Jeez, I want this fight to happen already. I'm sure anderson has blown a gasket reading some of Sonnens remarks haha. I'm very thankful for Sonnen though, nobody has ever shown so much venom and contempt for Anderson as he does and I'm sure because of this, this is going to be the biggest grudge match in UFC History. God, I can't wait.
ReX13- April 15, 2010 at 5:53 am
machineboi>> This is not the first time you've showed up with moronic racist drivel. Just to clarify: Sonnen makes a general statement about gangbangers and thugs, which you apply to only people of color, and somehow we are racists? Riiiiiiight. Peddle your bullshit somewhere else, son--we like our Potato Trolls to be a bit more entertaining.

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Zee German>> OBI LIVES. Mostly in the forums, but he still comes out with winners every now and again. He's probably watching us right now. Thank you, though--i would call that high praise indeed.
ctownhood- April 15, 2010 at 5:44 am
This guy's answers are so ridiculous, he should run for public office! Oh...wait
Charming Charlie- April 15, 2010 at 4:04 am
Chael Sonnen doesn't answer interview questions, he closes the gap between the capital letter and the period and makes the interviewer quit.

Must I remind you all that this is not the Ultimate Tire-Throwing Championship, it's not the Ultimate High-Altitude-Training Championship, nor the Ultimate Interview Championship. It's the Ultimate Put-Country-Music-On Championship. And Chael holds the title belt.
Zee German- April 15, 2010 at 2:23 am
@ReX13
Couldn't agree more.
And, I hope I can say this without pissing off Old, bald and irish, but you are starting to fill the void he's left since he's too busy to rule this site.

Great interview. None of the usual fighter bullshit.
daniel.mtl- April 15, 2010 at 1:29 am
this guy is a tool, he plays a nice routine it as see through as air fuck. "He couldn't, Maia was too tough" omg wow, does he not know he sound so dumb lol, unless he was being sarcastic which a video int would be helpful
dranokills- April 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm
Its not that Chael Sonnen is a gang banger, or that he is or isn't funny, its simple as this....Chael Sonnen is an apathetic, boring fuckwad who believes in his toughguy persona waaaaaa yo to much.
He doesn't care about respect, yet he fights in MMA, what a tool.
he doesn't care what would make him a great champ....again what a complete tool. His apathy is sickening.
I am just as pissed at Silva as Dana is, but for this douche to say Anderson is insignificant is just down right...apathetic, douchebag like and a complete assclown.
I personally hope Anderson punks a hole in his head, and when he wakes up and asks what happened, I hope someone says.. " who cares dude, remember?"
LockDown- April 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm
"He is insignificant, really. Nobody cares about him. They never have. If BJ wasn't on that card, that arena would have been a ghost town."

If Anderson felt like Maia disrespected him, I'm wondering what is gonna happen when he fights Chael.
bitteralex- April 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm
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bitteralex- April 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm
That interview kept me on the edge of my seat! Throw in a reference about how gay BJJ is and I would have fallen right off!
rampageisgod- April 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm
I stopped rooting for Silva on Saturday but this guy forced me to change my mind. He was clearly trying to hard to come off as nonchalant, it just made him seem like a huge tool. I hope Silva stops acting like a douche and knocks his ass out. If only it could happen in Oregon.
Machineboi- April 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Jizzninja only white people would find humor in his lame ass comments...And it seems you are offended by what I said as well.Only racist ass punks associate people of color with gangbangers and thugs, its their way of trying to bring people down ...With your high IQ I thought you would understand that . Why do I have to be angry cant I just be concerned of tired of peoples shit....
MK- April 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm
thank you, jizzninja (even though my IQ looks up to see 80).
robthom- April 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm
@ iDestroy
:)
jizzninja- April 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm
Ok Machineboi we all get you're an angry black man or a Honky with an I.D. Crisis and feel Chael is a racist because he's a conservative white guy.The "respect" joke was hilarious! Anyone who thinks this interview is lame or whatever obviously let this go right over their heads and only understand meat heat lingo or grunts and howls. Its nice hearing a guy with an IQ over 80 do an interview.
MK- April 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm
Yves, I was actually considering asking him that.
moo-y-tie- April 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Hell yes I'll root for Chael, in fact, I'll root for anyone or anything that has a chance of taking Silva out . . . Chael - yep, Palhares - sure, staph - you bet, previously undetected meteorite - why not.
Yves Latrine- April 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm
"And now for my last question: So, should I just go fuck myself? I should just go fuck myself, right?"
Mr_Misanthropy- April 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm
I must say that I agree with him in a philosophical sense that these extraneous interpretations of ethical morality have absolutely no bearing on the actual physical reality of the fight, aside from negatively affecting the performances of weak-willed fighters who allow themselves to be diverted from their true purpose of martial victory. He must also realize, however, that his useless opinions and baseless value judgments are just as meaningless as those held by the rest of the ignorant mass. He will have to make his case through action and not simplistic aphorisms. It is clever marketing though.
WandyAxeKick- April 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm
My thoughts exactly RaginAsian. I found myself saying "Wtf?" and then laughing after each comment. I hope he beats Silva after the shit he pulled against Maia!

Bring on Vitor too! ( to beat Silva that is!)
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