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Fun Flashback: Remember When Sonnen Said He Worked as a Realtor to ‘Contribute to Society in a Meaningful Way’?

("Chael, can you respond to allegations that, like Frankie Edgar, your mother has been laying the pipe for years?" PicProps: The Oregonian)

So, during the last 24 hours the gigantic, teetering house of cards that is Chael Sonnen’s life has become even more morally untenable than before, huh? At this point — even for those of us who once considered his promotional antics entertaining — it’s become nearly impossible to tell Chael Sonnen the human being apart from Chael Sonnen the carnival huckster. Maybe there never was a difference. Maybe both of Sonnen’s personalities, professional and private, have been consummate bullshit artists all along.

By way of example, a day after he pleaded guilty to federal money laundering charges and agreed to turn stoolie on his co-conspirators in a shady real estate scam that somehow involved a plumbing company owned by his mom, we feel compelled to revisit Sonnen’s July, 2010 interview with the Houston Chronicle. You may remember it as the one where he repeatedly asserted that “full time fighters” were just too lazy to get real jobs and said he was obligated to keep his own regular gig as a realtor because – in the newspaper’s words — he “believes that he can contribute to society in a meaningful way.”

When viewed in hindsight of this week’s developments we think you’ll find it even more interesting (read: hilarious) than before.

Let us set the scene a bit: The interview went down while Sonnen was still preparing to get choked out by Anderson Silva at UFC 117 and about a month after he dropped out of the Oregon state senate race to focus on some vague thing he kept calling “a 2006 legal issue that required his attention.” Later, we found out that meant cutting a deal with U.S. attorneys in order to keep his malfunctioning testicles out of federal prison, but whatevs.

Anyway, during the course of his sit-down with the Chronicle Sonnen mentioned numerous times how his work ethic and desire to by a fully functioning member of society pushed him to stay active in real estate in addition to the rigors of his professional fighting career. Yeah, turns out like most everything else Chael Sonnen has ever said in his entire life, that was just a smokescreen. Turns out the only part of society his dumb Republican ass “contributed” to as realtor was the near collapse of our economy a couple years ago. But we digress …

"Look, anybody who is a full time fighter is a full time lazy guy,” Sonnen told the Chronicle’s Jeremy Botter at the time. “There’s no way. What do we work out for, three hours a day? I’ve got a two hour session with Team Quest and a one hour session on my own each day. That’s three hours a day. I’ve got friends who spend more time playing golf. That leaves you 21 hours a day …

"You can either contribute to society or you can play Playstation,” Sonnen went on. “There is no such thing as a full time fighter. You can say that all you want, but unless you’re working out 40 hours a week — which you are not — it’s just not full time. That’s just the truth."

Listen, maybe Sonnen is just the unlucky son of a bitch who got caught with his hand in a cookie jar that shady real estate agents mine on a regular basis. Who knows, but when viewed in conjunction with all the ridiculous bullshit he’s said to the MMA media during the last 12 months, his recent claims about testosterone replacement therapy and his overall assholishness, the fact that he just pleaded guilty to a federal crime (repeat that to yourself a few times) is pretty much the final piece of the puzzle here.

If, like us, you’ve been wondering over the last year how Sonnen’s view of himself as a hardworking, blue-collar conservative could possibly jive with his overall words and actions, well, there’s your answer: It doesn’t. It’s either a lie or an extraordinary case of self-deception.

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Casa de los pantelones- January 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm
Thanks for ruining my impression of an otherwise entertaining fighter. I couldn't care less about what he does outside the cage. If everyone worried about every little thing, from the millions and billions and trillions (oh my) of things that go on every day that are far worse...we'd all live horribly sucky boring lives.

He is entertaining... he beat up anderson, which no one else until belfort does, has done at this point and he is funny. Leave it at that.

Charming Charlie- January 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm
This article sets a bad precedent. Are you really going to write 665 words every time you bring out an old interview of Sonnen being hypocritical? You may need to hire a new staff member.
LOKI- January 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm
This is all just some big Jewy conspiracy to destroy the only viable 2012 GOP Presidential candidate.
Krezer- January 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Goog...comment of the week. Democracy calls for it.
ccman- January 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Goog.... its the cp way. All heroes must fall and mike and ben lead the parade. Makes the basement dwellers here feel better bout themselves.

Though still cracked up at the comment. Pretty sure most missed your point though.
Canadian Chronic- January 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

err...I mean keep yer fucking political discourse for some other fuckin site, fuckin douchebag

...good one Aldo...heehee
Joe-Say Aldo- January 4, 2011 at 11:56 am
A republican lying about his desire to contribute to society in order to hide his own sinister ambitions for personal gain at the expense of others? You don't say.
Jugger- January 4, 2011 at 11:38 am
Goog FTW.
agentsmith- January 4, 2011 at 11:27 am
Remember his claim before the Silva fight that he'd never lost at middleweight? Or when he said Silva had been dodging him for "3.5 years"... meaning since Silva first came to the UFC, at which time Sonnen himself had just been cut from the UFC and was fighting for Bodog?

The first is a bald-faced lie, the second is pure fantasy. So yeah, it's fair to say Sonnen is more full of shit than an outhouse.
El Guapo- January 4, 2011 at 11:10 am
Horse... The other OTHER white meat. That is red.

If the LA County Sheriffs don't find Jo San/Dan Quinn's spaceship doesn't return to Earth soon, Numbnuts here might crack my Top 10 MMA F'k Ups list.
Almost North- January 4, 2011 at 11:09 am
We need a comment of the week this week so Goog can win it. Dead horse. Hah.
El Famous Burrito- January 4, 2011 at 10:56 am
Nice one, Goog.
GILL-uh-TEEN- January 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

Lesnar has never heard of Sonnen. Remember?

GILL-uh-TEEN- January 4, 2011 at 10:54 am
War Machine is terrified that Sonnen will go to jail and begin his own competing jailhouse blog.

Captain's Log: Day 1 - I've never given up my back until last night, when I got the dreaded Rear Naked Poke....
Videodrome_NOW- January 4, 2011 at 10:52 am
Maybe Brock will come back to call out Chael for his mean comments about stabbing Brock with his own penis sword.
Goog- January 4, 2011 at 10:50 am
Overeem just called. He said when you're done beating this, he'd like to eat it.
mahlbawlz- January 4, 2011 at 10:46 am
criminals do have to work really hard, guys.
RwilsonR- January 4, 2011 at 10:44 am
This is going to be a fun day! Chael has said so many things, and most of them hypocritcal. Lot's of stuff to dig up.

At least Chael stayed away from disparaging xbox 360. I bet he is in Yushin's room right now playing some COD, and wishing this would all go away.

Almost North- January 4, 2011 at 10:42 am
@kimbo lesner

"I just wanted to wang society right in the face"
Kimbo Lesnar- January 4, 2011 at 10:38 am
Um. A negative contribution to society is still a contribution, you guys.
Lysol- January 4, 2011 at 10:36 am
Dissing Playstation? Well, he just lost my vote.
cecils_pupils- January 4, 2011 at 10:32 am
Since when is playing Playstation not contributing to society?