The beauty of social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter for fighters is that they can get whatever message they want across however they want it written. Of course there’s also an ugly side to that reality. Just ask anyone who subscribes to Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson’s Twitter feeds.
Chael Sonnen is one of the fighters who embraces the ADHD-friendly 140 character limit messaging service as it gives him a platform from which to aim punchline-heavy zingers at whomever he wants without having to deal with annoying follow-up questions from reporters.
Sonnen, who was noticeably absent from the Twitterverse while his court and athletic commission issues were being ironed, is once again an active tweeter and has been taking aim at a few fellow UFC middleweights the past few days.
First, the former Oregon real estate agent set his sites on The Ultimate Fighter 14 coaches Michael Bisping and his ex-Team Quest teammate Jason Miller (who replaced Sonnen on the show after the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to grant him a second’s license due to his suspension in California for unapproved testosterone replacement use).
It’s likely that he’s looking to face the winner of the two who takes their planned December bout, so the PR move makes sense.
If pulling out a triangle when down four rounds to none and knocking out an apt contender with a highlight reel front-kick KO isn’t putting up a fight, I don’t know what is. Then again, he was a politician and denial is one of their inherent qualities.