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Sonnen: ‘Full Time’ Fighters Are Just Too Lazy to Have Other Jobs

(Harnessing the power of local television. In the history of real estate, that strategy has never been beaten.  VidProps: YouTube/Eluted)

Chael Sonnen took time out of his extremely busy schedule of lying about his Internet activities, letter writing, quitting on the Oregon Republican Party and acting pissy on television to sit down with the Houston Chronicle over the weekend. You know what that means: Set your watches to Crazy Time, kids. What pearls of wisdom did the multitalented middleweight drop on our unsuspecting asses this time? Well, Sonnen says people who claim to be “full time fighters” are lazy and that he has a strategy to defeat Anderson Silva on Aug. 7 at UFC 117 that has “never been beaten.”

Sonnen also inadvertently let slip how he’s managed to balance his pro fighting career and alleged other businesses, all while talking an uninterrupted line of shit about Silva during the past few months: He’s only training three hours a day.

"Look, anybody who is a full time fighter is a full time lazy guy,” Sonnen tells the Chronicle’s Jeremy Botter. “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."

As Sonnen expertly demonstrates on a regular basis, it seems as if those other 21 hours are best spent acting like a complete insaniac. In public if you can swing it. But Botter writes that the reason Sonnen doesn’t devote more time to MMA is because he “believes that he can contribute to society in a meaningful way and uses his time accordingly.”

"You can either contribute to society or you can play Playstation,” Sonnen says. “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."

As we all know, Sonnen says his other interests lie primarily in real estate and in the past he’s been described as a “successful realtor.” He also harbored some small-time political aspirations, winning the Republican primary in an Oregon state legislative election this year before dropping out of the race last month. In doing so, Sonnen cited a vague “2006 legal issue” (also real estate-related) in a statement published by Fight! Magazine.

"I am not at liberty to disclose the details, but my name was involved in a real estate case that requires a ruling,” Sonnen wrote at the time. “If the ruling is adverse, I would be disqualified from running for office until 2011."

No one knows exactly what legal matter Sonnen was referring to and that includes Oregon’s Republican party, which told The Oregonian newspaper in June it wasn’t sure why Sonnen had dropped out of the race. A party spokesman said the first he found out about Sonnen’s legal issues was when he read the former candidate’s concession statement online. Sonnen told the state GOP he was exiting the race for the age old, all-purpose “personal reasons.”

It should also be noted that a Google search for “Chael Sonnen Oregon realtor” doesn’t bring up any legitimate, business-related listings for Sonnen involving real estate, at least not on the first three pages. It does yield the sweet local television ad you see at top, so we can say pretty confidently that Sonnen actually is a realtor in Oregon. Exactly how "successful" he is or how many hours per week he spends slinging houses are both a little more difficult to gauge.

What does all this mean? Nothing, except it makes me wonder exactly how much of his time Sonnen spends “contributing to society.” Especially when all of the stuff he’s been up to that we can actually verify appears to include bending the truth and acting like an a-hole. In fact, for all his talk about hard work and clean living, it’s pretty easy to find examples of Sonnen not taking his own advice.  

Nonetheless, bragging about how many jobs you have – and using it to imply the laziness of others — is a pretty awesome high-school-wrestling-coach-style thing to do.  It’s like bragging about how early you got up this morning or how many dips you used to be able to do, back in college.

Of course, Sonnen doesn’t stop there. He goes on to tell Jeremy Botter about what a good fighter Silva is – a common trope for him recently – but says it doesn’t matter, because he’s got an unbeatable plan to take the champ’s title.

"At the end of the day, he’s still going to be better than me,” Sonnen tells Botter about Silva.”He’s still going to punch better than me and kick better. He’s going to have a black belt in jiu-jitsu and I’m gonna have no belt in jiu-jitsu. But who cares? Who cares who is better? In 25 minutes, it’s a matter of who is tougher, who can stand out there and go harder for a longer amount of time. Who can be hurt and stay in the fight anyway. Who’s going to get tired and stay in the fight anyway …

"That’s really it. He’s gonna be better, and I’m fine with that. He’s going to hurt me when he punches me, and I’m fine with that. But I’m gonna walk straight up to him, put him on his ass and beat a hole in his face. And as long as this sport has been around, that strategy has never been beaten."

Hmmm, someone might want to fact check that last claim, too …

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ghostboner- July 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm
I will also torment him till the end of his days. Everyone seriously doubted that Sonnen would make it out of the 1st round against Marquardt, but lo and behold...
ReX13- July 26, 2010 at 9:19 am
Dear Potato Nation,

If Sonnen somehow manages to win this fight, which the overwhelming majority seriously doubt (myself included), i assure you that i will torment BossNasty daily, even though he will hide from CP for a month.

Without wax,

glassjawsh- July 26, 2010 at 9:09 am
"In fact, for all his talk about hard work and clean living, it's pretty easy to find examples of Sonnen not taking his own advice"

i always thought that spouting incoherent moralistic gibberish and being a colossal hypocrite was a prerequisite to joining the republican party....
BossNasty- July 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

You have probably just said the most important statment about this fight since they announced it.

Jumping back on the Silva bandwagon says that you liked the ass kicking, possibly immortal, arguably p4p best fighter on the planet and have been disappointed with the antics in the last couple of fights. Hence saying you want to see him fight not dancing.

To even be on the Sonnen bandwagon means you're a cocksucking dick rider who has no realistic view of mma. I'm seriously sick of all the dumb asses who clutter the forums with their hopes of a Sonnen victory knowing damn well that he has no fucking chance. I would even go so far as saying Sonnen should take his punk ass to strikeforce with all the rest of the JV fighters until he can learn to fight or at least learn to stop lying about fights like the world can't look up his lack of accomplishments on the internet.
Pandaman1983- July 26, 2010 at 7:59 am
How crazy would it be If Anderson came out and put Sonnen on his back!!!???
shitbag- July 26, 2010 at 7:09 am
WHOA, PEOPLE! You missed something really big here!


That's Chael's phone #, given in the video right there. Yes, it works, yes its him, yes I did call him and left a voicemail.

C'mon denizens of CP, I expected more of all of you!
J-Dog- July 26, 2010 at 6:30 am
I'm just a keyboard jockey so I can't speak from any experience in training... but if I recall correctly, wasn't big brother Lauzon all over his little brother for not putting in 5 full days of training per week? I just did the research, it was 10 or 11 TIMES per week. I don't think he ever said for how long. 3 hours per day sounds a little light for a "full time" fighter. I don't know though I'm just speculating. I thought guys did a few hours in the AM, went home and recovered a bit, then came back for a few more hours in the PM.
kombucha- July 26, 2010 at 4:32 am
Looks like Chael hasn't sold a home since around 2008.
fatbellyfrank- July 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm
@ Aussiepride3900

Happy Burfday to yer Baby Momma dude, hope she has great day and you got her lots of presents and stuff to make her day special

and Happy Burfday to all the Momma's out there
Oh geez, I see what u did, now I'm an asshole DOH (joking)
Sakuraba3900- July 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

anyway I just wanna say something completely unrealated to MMA really quick... Its my baby momma birthday.

You assholes should all wish her well :]
fatbellyfrank- July 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm
@ Lesnarsintestine, what the fuck is Slanging House's ? spelling it phonetically and using incorrect grammar ? This is a new low in attacking contributors, your post is absolute nonsense.
Good to see you've decided this site is not for you, to many of us Insaniacs havin fun over here.
just some dong- July 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Are you kidding me? 3 hours of training a day before going up against Anderson Silva? That had better be a fucking joke, Chael, or your performance certainly will be.

ghostboner- July 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm
John Williams won eh? Well I'll be a monkeys uncle. And I'm Inclined to agree with his assertion that "full time fighters" are fudging a bit. It is hard to imagine anyone putting in a full 8 hours a day at the gym. But what do I know.
2DaDeath- July 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm
I agree with ya, dogpt3.
2DaDeath- July 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm
Makes me think about how Carwin still has his enginerring job.
dogpt3- July 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm
People coming back on the Silva bandwagon is still better than people jumping onto the Sonnen wagon, and then jumping back off before the fight even went down due to the realization Chael is either a total nut job or just trying to bring his own value up.
cecils_pupils- July 25, 2010 at 11:27 am
k-onda says: "Anyway, I just can't see the national spooning champ defeating the world macarena champ for 5 rounds."

bwwwahahahahahaha! Good onya, mate!
danomite- July 25, 2010 at 11:27 am
I don't care how full of shit Chael Sonnen is. 1 of 3 things are going to happen in this fight:
1. Anderson destroys Chael via 20 hit Tekken combo. This is my least favorite option only because it would mean that people would hop back on the Anderson Silva bandwagon.
2. Chael Sonnen beats anderson silva leaving GSP alone at the top of the P4P list.
3. Anderson Silva dances around for five rounds, making an ass of himself and is stripped of his title by Dana White thus saving us from every having to watch his shitty ass fight in the UFC again.
Sabado Gigante- July 25, 2010 at 11:20 am
"And I'm gonna have no belt in jiu jitsu." -Sonnen

This quote takes me back to his Damian Maia fight... But who cares...
k-onda- July 25, 2010 at 10:42 am
"Walk" up to him and beat a hole in his face? C'mon, Sonnen! Talking like a whiny-hypocrite-used-car-realtor-politician super douche was never considered a positive contribution to society.
You talkin crazy with that bullshit.
Anyway, I just can't see the national spooning champ defeating the world macarena champ for 5 rounds.
LSpyker- July 25, 2010 at 10:01 am
That number on the real estate sign is still his number. ive called it before.
cecils_pupils- July 25, 2010 at 9:55 am
"At the end of the day, he's still going to be better than me,” Sonnen tells Botter about Silva. ”He's still going to punch better than me and kick better. He's going to have a black belt in jiu-jitsu and I'm gonna have no belt in jiu-jitsu. But who cares? Who cares who is better? In 25 minutes, it's a matter of who is tougher, who can stand out there and go harder for a longer amount of time. Who can be hurt and stay in the fight anyway. Who's going to get tired and stay in the fight anyway …"

These damned politicians, they are all so wordy cuz they like to her themselves talk. Sonnen shoulda summed up his strategy with this simple, yet effective statement:

"I'm just gonna lay on him like I did Marquardt and try to grind out a decision... again."
NOadventure- July 25, 2010 at 9:43 am
In my opinion, Chael Sonnen has exemplified...

HOLD THE PHONE! The 70 year-old John Williams won his MMA debut last night against the 49 year-old via ankle lock submission in the 2nd round.
usuckatreporting- July 25, 2010 at 9:37 am
how fucking lazy are you?
this much
Now pay me
battleminnow- July 25, 2010 at 9:33 am
About 5 years ago I was in a small town in northern Oregon, and I was surprised to see Chael's picture in the advertising section of one of those high school sports calendars they put up at the local businesses that tell you the football schedule for the year or whatever sport is coming up. So yeah, it's legit. So, what's it gonna take for Chael to get you into this house today?