(I knew this was all an act.)
I’m way beyond trying to figure out what the hell Chael Sonnen is doing as far as his pre-fight antics towards Anderson Silva ahead of their UFC 117 fight go, especially when large portions of his rants have nothing to do with the UFC middleweight champion.
During an interview with Larry Pepe on his Pro MMA Radio show today, Sonnen went off about a popular theory that seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong gave himself testicular, brain and lung cancer by abusing performance enhancing drugs (as he has been alleged to have done by several sources) and that his Live Strong foundation was created, not to aid in raising money to help find the cure for cancer as its mission states, but rather as an opportunistic money making scheme by the former cyclist.
Although he didn’t reference any MMA fighters who are alleged to have used illegal drugs, Sonnen spoke at length about Armstrong and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, (who admitted to smoking marijuana) and the fact that neither athlete has had to pay for their transgressions. He did loosely try to relate the rant back to Anderson Silva, whom Sonnen has repeatedly referred to as a fraud for fooling fans and the media into believing he is a nice guy and the world’s best middleweight.
Here’s the transcription courtesy of MMAMania:
"When you screw up, you have to own it. That stuff really gets under my skin. Take Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong did a number of things and he gave himself cancer. He cheated, he did drugs, and he gave himself cancer. Well, instead of saying ‘Hey listen, I cheated and gave myself cancer, don’t be like me.’ He actually made himself the victim and then went out and profited something like $15 million dollars from this ‘Hey, poor me, let’s find a cure for cancer’ campaign instead of just coming clean and saying, ‘Look, here’s what I did, I screwed myself up, and I hope people learn from my mistakes.’ You just watch these guys and can’t help but think, God, what a fraud. You got the whole Michael Phelps being a pothead thing too. I’m just glad I’m in the business I’m in so I can get them in the cage and kick the crap out of them."
I’m not sure whether Chael has lost it or if being forced out of his regional political race has given him a new "I don’t care what I say," attitude, but this seems crazy even by Sonnen standards.
I’m beginning to wonder if he has forgotten that he has a fight Saturday night, given that he seems more concerned with making media appearances than training.