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Serious Question: Is It Possible That Chael Sonnen Suffers From Multiple Personality Disorder?

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It’s one thing to deny responsibility for your own Twitter page when your creative insults start to draw attention on mainstream news outlets — particularly when you’re trying to lead a double-life as a shit-stirring heel and a respectable business owner and candidate for the Oregon State Legislature. Sure, it’s a lie that’s easily disproven, but at least we understand the motivation. What we can’t understand is the way Chael Sonnen constantly lies about everything. His record, his opponents, general details about things that happen to him in his daily life, you name it. Obvious, shameless lies. My God, they just keep coming.

So far, I’ve been a fan of Sonnen’s verbal abuse of Anderson Silva, because Silva kind of deserves it, and nobody else has had the stones to disrespect the Spider the way Sonnen has. But watching the above MMA Connected clip this morning, I couldn’t help but feel that Sonnen’s schtick has officially jumped the shark — and that he might not even be in control of himself anymore. Let’s run down this interview appearance, point-by-point…

– He starts by quoting the Twitter feed that he denied writing on Friday.

– He makes references to Anderson Silva’s "prissy little ass" and Okay, fine, this guy knows how to cut a promo.

– This is what really did it for me: "You gotta understand, I’ve never lost to a middleweight fighter and he has. Any loss I’ve ever had has been at a different weight class." See, if I was running against Chael in the Oregon House of Representatives general election, my attack ad would go something like this: "Chael Sonnen says he’s never lost to a middleweight fighter. But he was submitted by Demian Maia, Paulo Filho, and Jeremy Horn — all in 185-pound contests. Chael Sonnen: No honesty, no submission defense, not the right choice for Oregon." 

– Soon after that gem, he hits us with this: "Trash-talking is where you make up something about a guy; I’ve never made anything up." Woof.

– And then, as pointed out on the UG, Sonnen ends his appearance by ripping off an Aziz Ansari punchline with no attribution whatsoever. Which makes him a joke-thief as well as a liar.

At this point, I can only conclude the following: Like Herschel Walker, Chael Sonnen suffers from dissociative identity disorder. Hear me out. First, a general definition for those of you who aren’t familiar with this terrible condition:

Dissociative identity disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a condition in which a person displays multiple distinct identities or personalities (known as alter egos or alters), each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment. In the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems the name for this diagnosis is multiple personality disorder. In both systems of terminology, the diagnosis requires that at least two personalities routinely take control of the individual’s behavior with an associated memory loss that goes beyond normal forgetfulness; in addition, symptoms cannot be the temporary effects of drug use or a general medical condition.

Think about it. You’ve got Chael Sonnen the squeaky clean political robot, who has never mentioned his involvement in cage-fighting. Then, you’ve got the insult-comic mixed martial artist, undefeated at middleweight, who lives in a world where Aziz Ansari doesn’t exist and it’s actually Sonnen himself who co-stars on Parks and Recreation. Both Chael Sonnens run separate Twitter accounts, it should be noted, and of course neither of these two personalities is entirely grounded in reality. Maybe the "real" Chael Sonnen still exists somewhere. He’s the guy who lost to Maia and Filho (and all the rest), and understands that Brazilians don’t speak Spanish. But he’s been buried under the weight of the others, and we may never see him again.


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ghostboner- June 15, 2010 at 1:10 am
I am liking Chael more and more. I'm pretty sure he called Anderson up once he knew he had the fight and said, "So Anderson, I am gonna talk some mad shit about you, hype the shit out of this fight, and we are both gonna get filthy rich off the ppv buys. So just act mildly upset, and I will keep talking and everyone will tune in. Sounds like a plan?"

That said, you do not desecrate the holiest of holys. I'm sorry Chael, but Muay Thai is off limits. Now you will be kicked in the leg so hard your balls will explode.
fatbellyfrank- June 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm
^ Kinda weird act, if he comes out in a cammo jacket with a mohawk, we'll know he watched Taxi driver one to many times, "you talkin to me"
Emopinata- June 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm
im sorry.. i like him
hes hilarious
its all to make people go wtf.. and just get himself some attention, but whatever.
im pretty sure the bs statements and inaccurate bullshit is another attempt to get at anderson. so iuno..
just an act
fatbellyfrank- June 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm
@Dangadadang, Someone could explain the muay part while they were elbowing his face off the front of his head. Maybe?
DangadaDang- June 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm
I first thought Chael Sonnen's endless shittalking was kind of douchy, but deserving due to Anderson's recent performances, UNTIL i looked at Chaels Sherdog profile....

and I said to myself, yeah he has some nice wins, but whos the best person he's ever FINISHED?

Tim Creudur

I like Crazy and all can a guy talk shit about every other style of sport, with comments ranging from "a black belt from the Nogueira's is like a happy meal toy" to the even better "What is Muy Thai, we know its from Thailand, but what's the Muy mean?" when he's never even finished a top 25 fighter in ANY weight class? Is he suggesting that the most superior style of fighting is one that relies on the judges to determine who the winner rather than actually finishing a god damn opponent? For how much he talks, he sure doesn't say a lot and now I'm praying to see him get embarrased because we both no he is going to.

and Muy Thai rules
Mr_Misanthropy- June 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm
Hey, Benny the Bloodfart is my favorite mascot, man. And you don't know shit about Stevia until you rock it up, dog. With a touch of maple syrup. To the moon. To the motherfawkin' moon.
leonard cohen- June 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Just realized it wasn't his joke, but I think it was just kind of a shout out to Aziz.
leonard cohen- June 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Fuck, this makes me like Chael Sonnen even more. Never has a fighter entertained me so much outside of the cage. The ending story about Soares was hysterical. Chael has many talents.
BigJumpingDad- June 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm
your fucked and your poops full of peanuts. dont start with me ill throw hands. I train and take stevia what do you do? fart blood?

Big Jumpin Dad is an imposter!!!!!!!!11
DAN THE VIKING- June 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm
Your fucked eh?
BigJumpingDad- June 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm
DAN THE VIKING easy tank abbott

Ms.AnthmicroscopicDick your link is to a farm website. ya.
Also im not sure if your the other Big Jumpin Dad but your prob are cause your the same kind of jerk who makes up shit IVE BEEN WORKING on that SITE and its not even a twitter its six degrees of kevin bacon youll see.

Party hats are for party dicks.
DAN THE VIKING- June 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Oh ya BigJumpingDad whos the first hw champ baby if your so smart?
Elentius- June 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Not a big fan of Sonnen's and kinda becoming a fan of Silva's since I only like fighters by personality, but you really need to give it a rest with all the psycho-babble. He is just a terrible shit-talker that rehearses his lines like he does for his political speeches. I believe he is an actor for MMA and politics so I take anything he says or does with a grain of salt.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm
@ Cacciatore Chicken

This term "better" that you so wantonly bandy about, while seemingly laden with an immense amount of descriptive value, is in no uncertain terms quite meaningless. Better than what? Better than whom, how, and in precisely what manner? In and of itself it implies a belief in some form of universal value-scale, and to this naive bit of perspectivism I take offense. I bid you good day, sir. Harumph.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm
@ Big Jump In Dad

I read on your impostor's twitter that you're the impostor and that your impostor twitter is really a link to your own web-site. The only time I wear party hats is while your Mom is making me sandwiches after I bang her. It's the only time I really feel festive enough.
Catch-a-Licken- June 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Wow, very, very disappointing CP. I read the headline thinking this is gonna be a riot. I mean Chael Sonnen, Hi-Lare-E-us, and some Dissociative Dissaa whatcha chucka, really CP's gonna take that seriously? But to my utter dismay I get this blow hard rant reminiscent of the hate filled crap I read in Cagewriters comments section. The guy clearly has a way with words and not only is he getting into AS's head he seems to be getting into yours as well. He is trying to sell a fight to casual mma fans, cause guess what? That is what gets him paid. He knows you hardcore fans are watching regardless and he knows the casual fans aren't gonna go do hours of research to see whether he is lying or not and to be quite honest he doesn't have a whole lot of ammo (dang how's that for a run on sentence). The man is selling the fight and doing a damn good job. Do you know any salesman that tells you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Just take him for what he is, a salesman. He's a mid pack fighter that is more than likely gonna get creamed, is that what you would have him say? C'mon CP I thought you were better than that.
BigJumpingDad- June 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm
You r 4 realz tha wurst dood. you ever wear party hats and cry?
DAN THE VIKING- June 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm
ohhhw man not you again.
More like BigJumpingDadDickHead.
BigJumpingDad- June 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm
DAN THE VIKING your not someone everyone would like or understand.
DAN THE VIKING- June 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm
He is very entertaining. Not something alot of people would like or understand, but its comedy.
bitteralex- June 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm
wait... politicians lie?!?!
fatbellyfrank- June 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Sonnen has now crossed the bridge between hyping a fight and having a little public meltdown, Silva's gonna destroy him and he knows it.
@ Tommyhammersticks, this is CP we're equal opportunity shittalkers here, hell we might even start on you if you post any more stupid shit.
RemoveYourHand- June 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Sonnen has the unenviable task of trying to promote a fight with a guy who nobody particularly wants to pay money to see. Hence, he is using a technique known as "hyperbole". Granted he will wind up with egg on his face over the Twitter account, but the rest of this "point-by-point" nitpick is bullshit. Not citing Aziz Ansari in a 2 minute interview? Give me a fucking break. IMO Sonnen seems like a good guy, but one who realizes that his over the top theatrics are the only thing sustaining interest in this fight. Who really wants to pay $50 to watch Silva fight another soft-spoken grappler?
ghostboner- June 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Imagine if Chael fought JT McMumbles? The hype for that fight would be so dense and massive that it would tear the fabric of space time.
RwilsonR- June 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Now... this could be way out there, since Chael seemed pretty confident in his answer/lie about the "never losing to a Middleweight," but (and this is a huge BUT)... what if he meant to say it the way he started his sentence:

"Look, this guy deserves his ranking. [Okay so far... now what he may have meant to say] He deserves his ranking because he has never lost at Middleweight, and all of his losses have come outside of his weight class, whereas my losses happened at 185. So he deserves his ranking, but he still has losses on his record, they just came at a different weight."

Now I know that may be much more generous than Chael deserves, but he can't be stupid enough to think he has no losses at 185 considering Maia wasn't that long ago, and Sonnen has always talked pretty nicely about Maia. Also, if the statement was meant like I am imagining, it would technically be true, since Anderson's only loss at middleweight was to Okami, and that wasn't really a loss. So I guess I may be giving Chael a HUGE benefit of the doubt, but for some reason I think he was trying to give Anderson one small (if backhanded) compliment by essentially saying, "Look, he earned his rank in the division because he is undefeated in the division, but I still think the guy sucks... and, oh yeah, he does have losses from other weight classes."

My admittedly generous read on this may be a huge stretch, but summarily diagnosing him with multiple personality disorder is a bit of a stretch, also.