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Primed to Resume MMA Career, Chael Sonnen Puts His Multiple Personalities on Display

(“I’m sorry, Chael’s not here right now. I’m his protector personality, Buck the beer-swilling Vietnam vet.” Pic: ProMMANow)

Admit it, you missed this crazy son of a bitch. Fresh from his sentencing in federal court in Oregon last week and a few days further removed from what sounded like a contentious initial meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Chael Sonnen made his first extended public appearance in recent memory on Monday on the MMA Hour over at MMA Fighting. Sonnen’s nearly 40-minute discussion with Ariel Helwani centered mostly on his continued efforts to reapply for a license to fight in Las Vegas, but also touched on many things UFC.

Listing back and forth between his two dominant personalities — sober, straight-talking manly-man and over-the-top middleweight contender — Sonnen admitted his main focus hasn’t been on fighting these last few months, but said he hopes to return to the Octagon sooner than later. The more human side of Sonnen admitted he still needs to “clear the air” with NSAC before moving forward with his athletic career, while his batshit crazy side couldn’t resist simultaneously tossing a few verbal barbs at most of the rest of the UFC roster. It’s not a mystery which quotes we’ll hit you with first after the jump …

On the topic of a possible opponent for his UFC return, Sonnen said he’s still not sure who the UFC might want him to fight first:

“I’ve been in red tape for a while here …,” he said. “I leveled with (the UFC). I called them up and said ‘Give me the worst guy you’ve got under contract,’ and they said, ‘Chael, Wanderlei (Silva) won’t fight you.’ I said, ‘Alright, give me the second worst guy you’ve got under contract.’ They said, ‘Chael, how many times do we have to tell you, CroCop is a heavyweight.’ So I said, ‘Is anyone available? How about Bisping? Is his dance card open?’ and they said that might be a possibility.”

When asked about new light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (apparently even middleweights must speak to Jones’ awesomeness at this point), Sonnen was actually surprisingly complementary. About the rest of the 205-pound division? Somewhat less so …

“(Jones) brings more to the table than just being the world champion,” he said. “He brings integrity, he brings class, he’s good for the industry and he’s good for the sport. I get real frustrated with these guys who are just in it for themselves … (But) Jon Jones is not the hot topic of 205 pounds. The hot topic that everybody should be talking about is that he’s been the champion for three weeks and not one coward at 205 has challenged him. Not one guy has called him out and said, ‘I want to fight that guy.’ If you’re all scared of a 23-year-old kid, turn your gloves in, sign the pink slip and show yourself the door … But what do you expect from a weight class that allowed a karate guy to be champion?”

Sonnen also pretty much guaranteed that Jake Shields will defeat Georges St. Pierre at the end of this month, but that was to be expected after he spent some time training with Cesar Gracie Jiu Jistu recently.

And now for the less exciting stuff:  Chael Sonnen The Confessed Criminal declined to get into the specifics of the deal that ultimately saw him charged with federal mortgage fraud last year, saying it would get pretty complicated in the time allowed on the show. Probably a good call. What he did do was do his best to downplay his role in the whole scheme while accepting responsibility for breaking the law.

“I didn’t gain anything,” Sonnen said of the five-year-old deal. “That was my biggest confusion here, I go ‘Wait a minute, I didn’t make a dollar here and I don’t know anybody that did.’ I’m not sure how this is a crime. Nonetheless, I don’t want to backpedal on this, we did this (real estate deal) wrong. I was asked to pay a fine, I did what was asked of me and I’ll live with it … Listen, this is what men do, we take responsibility for our irresponsibility.”

As for his current standing with the NSAC, Chael Sonnen The Lying Testosterone Addict said he had “a different perspective” on his recent meeting with Executive Director Keith Kizer, saying he thought Kizer was “stern, but very fair” with him. Sonnen said he hopes to meet with the NSAC during the next few weeks and if the meeting goes well, he will likely apply for a new license shortly thereafter.

“I’d love to play poker with director Kizer and clean him out (because) he’s got no poker face,” he said. “He’ll tell it to you straight.”

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putty- April 12, 2011 at 11:28 am
The reason that CP is not even on the MMA radar for journalistic integrity is their continued denigration and passive aggressive displays on every topic, fighter and situation. Keep spinning your brand of crap CP, it is the only way to get readership when your on the lowest rung.
RwilsonR- April 12, 2011 at 9:07 am
^ "impossible" - stupid no edit button!
intercept440- April 12, 2011 at 9:07 am
@jonny5 ...i know a guy in michagan that calls himself jonny5. his last name rymes with horse....is that you?

i do enjoy the smack chael brings however i would like to see him in a fight where he isnt cleared to fight with elevated testoterone from his small balls treatment... then i bet we see the same chael that got tapped out by babalu...

that being said imagine the carnage and mayhem him and shitpingbingling would bring to TUF as coaches.. most higly rated season ever i bet
RwilsonR- April 12, 2011 at 9:06 am
^^ Look, outside the cage I love Chael Sonnen, and I love to hate Chael Sonnen. But to deny what he has done recently in the cage is stupid. He beat Okami and Marquardt, and beat the number one pound for pound fighter in the world for 23 minutes in their championship fight in a way previously thought to be immpossible, and he's "completely unremarkable"?
siksik6- April 12, 2011 at 6:24 am
@Jonny5 - #2 MW in the world is a bit generous in my completely amateur opinion. He out-Okamied Okami, and Filho was communicating with the ancient Egyptians during that last fight. Marquart was a good win. Dude's not a bad fighter, but take away the silver tongue and he's completely unremarkable.
Hesh to Steel- April 12, 2011 at 5:49 am
Say what you want about his fighting style, but nobody is more entertaining outside the cage than Sonnen.
LOKI- April 12, 2011 at 5:34 am
jez I remember when Chael Sonnen was 'that guy with the weird rib poking out' in the WEC and the only sound he made on camera was to squeel when Paulo Filho wrenched his arm. You've come a long way baby!
haterade- April 12, 2011 at 5:24 am
Love the fact that he's back making noise, the real question is...if Chael compliments Jon Jones for bringing integrity to the sport should Jones be flattered or upset?
Payday- April 12, 2011 at 5:18 am
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Clyde- April 12, 2011 at 5:12 am
The man dances the line between genius and madness like no other.

Your clothes are blue.
HomeSchooled- April 12, 2011 at 12:28 am
I don't know how he's still employed by the UFC.
SnackDaddy- April 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm
I bet there're a couple of 205-pounders right now who would be willing to drop down to middle weight to give Sonnen an ass whooping.
MonsterMaulingAss- April 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm
Mr. Sonnen, you would get squashed by the 205 division in its entirety

ENOUGH!

From this point on Chael Sonnen will be referd to as Betty
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Jonny5- April 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm
@SIKSIK6 ... I feel that right now Sonnen is the #2 MW in the world even ahead of Okami. If he weren't I wouldn't give a rat's ass about what hes got to say. The guy has won 5/7 of his last fights beating Filho, Miller, Okami and Marquardt while only losing to Maia and Silva.
Jonny5- April 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm
I hear that Thunder is getting The Spider next. So how about Nate the Great Sonnen 2 or Sonnen vs the winner of Thunder Spider next depending what time frame he will return in?
SnackDaddy- April 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm
“I leveled with (the UFC). I called them up and said ‘Give me the worst guy you’ve got under contract,’ and they said, ‘Chael, Wanderlei (Silva) won’t fight you.’ I said, ‘Alright, give me the second worst guy you’ve got under contract.’ They said, ‘Chael, how many times do we have to tell you, CroCop is a heavyweight.’ So I said, ‘Is anyone available? How about Bisping? Is his dance card open?’ and they said that might be a possibility.”

LOL! Pure gold! Man, i bet everyone wants a piece of Sonnen right about now! This guy's a genius!
Mongrel- April 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm
@Darkhorse06, he lost that fight.
Sure, he had him down for 5 consecutive rounds, but given the constant pummeling, Silva was surprisingly unscathed by the end. I mean, not even a cut or any sort of swelling?
Blanketing an opponent while delivering weak blows is still blanketing, in my opinion.
DARKHORSE06- April 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm
I missed this guy. They need to get him a TV show like The Reem. The Chael has a decent ring to it. I'll always hate him a little for pissing hot after he beat Silva's ass.
k-onda- April 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm
I just realized, nobody really cares so much to even see him fight. But everybody is thrilled just to see him in the news. This guy needs a TV show, fuck Mayhem, get Sonnn a microphone and a soapbox, and film it!
Duh Ogre- April 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Birdie..birdie birdie birdie. Tiger..tiger tiger tiger
djp1988- April 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm
@Turd Furgeson

Swingin' a chain, swingin' a chain, swingin' a chain...
Turd Furgeson- April 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm
I am a great magician - your clothes are red!
Jesus Frijoles- April 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm
Seriously, how many dead hookers are there under his house, and are they girls or boys?
Susan B. Sandwiches- April 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Sonnen vs Mayhem Miller.
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