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GIFs of the Day: Chael Sonnen REALLY Loves the Spotlight


(“Welcome my friends to the show that never ends. I’m serious. I’m gonna ride this money train until the wheels fall off.”)

Even when it’s someone else’s turn in the spotlight, it seems that Chael Sonnen has a way of stealing some of their thunder.

Take yesterday’s open workouts for Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 1 event in Chicago. Though Sonnen wasn’t in front of the camera delivering his best Ric Flair impersonation, he was still attracting most of the attention behind the scenes.

The Sonnen Circus was in full gear as MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani interviewed Chicago-based heavyweight Mike Russow. Putting on a tumbling clinic for the media, who lapped it up while snapping photos and rolling camera to catch the display for posterity, Sonnen demonstrated why he’s one of the most polarizing personalities in MMA.

The Sonnen Circus was in full gear as MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani interviewed Chicago-based heavyweight Mike Russow. Putting on a tumbling clinic for the media, who lapped it up while snapping photos and rolling camera to catch the display for posterity, Sonnen demonstrated why he’s one of the most polarizing personalities in MMA.

Some ┬álove him for his expertly crafted WWE-esque persona and some hate him for his “look at me” attention whoring, but the fact is, Chael’s name is on everyone’s lips, which makes him a bonafide draw.

 

 

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2Dogs- January 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm
that is awesome, I hope Bisping knocks his head off , just cause I like Bisping
dranokills- January 27, 2012 at 6:48 am
"Seriously, had anyone even heard of Arboriel Helwanski before this?"
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in case you don't REALLY know his name is Ariel Helwani.
dudes been around for years now. where the hell have you been?
Daley- January 27, 2012 at 6:18 am
Not even remotely amusing or newsworthy. How dumb do you have to be to find this guy anything but pathetic?
Around 98% of all CP articles are now essentially "Lulz Chael Sonnen/Ronda Rousey r teh lulziest evahz!!!!!!"
Todd M- January 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm
@ Get Off Me, I agree on all points except maybe the testosterone. I don't know much about ped's so unless your a muscle bound 'woman' like cyborg I don't usually take a stance on which fighters are juicing.
macreadysshack- January 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm
It's just a joke . . . CP knows Chael wasn't attention whoring in this video. That could not be more obvious. He's doing legit drills (athletically and well, I might add)to entertain the OTHER cameras that are on him. If anything, it was stupid of the camera-guy interviewer duo to have the ring in the background (if they wanted zero distractions - which I doubt as this is GOLD for them). Seriously, had anyone even heard of Arboriel Helwanski before this?
Deal_the_Seal- January 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm
THIS IS A BALANCE AND CORE STRENGTH DRILL!!!
XENOPHON- January 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm
hahahahaha - Thumblina Rocks!
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Sonnen and Ariel need to take that act on the road!
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BEST GIF of the new year!
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@Get Off Me Says: - right on all points.
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@IronClad - I am with you. I'd pay bit money to see him slip in and pull off that tumbling exhibition off with either Bisping or Silva in the foreground doing a serious interview.
logdog52- January 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm
fedorsucks is right, it might look like attention whoring but I did those warm ups almost everyday before wrestling practice.
Get Off Me- January 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm
"his expertly crafted WWE-esque persona"
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Wrong. A quick crash course in WWE persona.
Heel=bad guy
Babyface=good guy
Chael is neither, he would be at best, a heel that can't draw heat, which is worthless in professional wrestling. He has more fans than haters on CP.
Can he hype a fight? Yes.
Can anyone really say that it was because of Chael not Anderson Silva that their first fight drew a good number? No
When Sonnen fought Stann, did the ratings go through the roof? No
Did Sonnen make a concious decision to act like something he is not after the Okami fight? Yes
Was Chael more entertaining in interviews post Okami fight? Yes
Is he hilarious? Sometimes
Is Chael a trash talk rip off artist? Yes
Is Chael the toughest match up for Silva right now? Yes
Is Chael injecting testosterone? Yes
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Chael is a mixed bag at best, ultimately his fighting is what will lead him to success in this sport. I believe he can beat Bisping, but I do not believe he can beat Anderson Silva.
IronClad- January 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm
I hated Chael when he crossed over to UFC. Then for whatever reason he grew on me. Chael is as awesome as he is an ass hole. We all know he was involved with real estate scandals, embezzling money, used PED's and can be a total dick. He's also witty as hell and an exciting fighter to watch. Those GIFS are hilarious and I cannot wait to see Chael smash Bisping.
RwilsonR- January 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Sonnen is hilarious even when he's not trying to be. This guy is just awesome!
RoJoegan- January 26, 2012 at 11:36 am
Yes, that's some funny shit.
Savageleto- January 26, 2012 at 11:34 am
This more respectful... playful and equally delusional Chael Sonnen is much better than the Hateful, Jingoistic Bloviating Chael Sonnen of 2011.
rngeorgeh- January 26, 2012 at 10:58 am
Absolutely Hilarious!
Ricardo Guitardo- January 26, 2012 at 10:53 am
Sonnen is in talks to do a remake of the first Gymkata movie. This one will be, "Gymkata 2: The Pommel Horse incident" starting Chael Sonnen and JD VanDamme as his retarded sidekick named Jimmy.
NomadRip- January 26, 2012 at 10:38 am
Are those Yes-cartwheels?
SnackDaddy- January 26, 2012 at 10:27 am
Desperate, but still funny. I'm beginning to feel sorry for this guy.
FedorSucksDonkeyDick- January 26, 2012 at 10:25 am
HAHAHAHAHAHA go take a wrestling class dumb-ass. those are legit warmup routines, Is everyone that posts on this site really that fat.
vimxs1- January 26, 2012 at 10:15 am
Am I REALLY the only guy who thinks Sonnen is hilarious?!
Kid Clam Curtains- January 26, 2012 at 10:11 am
American Anthem 2: Electric Boogaloo
Fletch the V Stretch- January 26, 2012 at 10:10 am
hahahaha, the dude is a freaking nut.
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