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Thursday’s UFC 117 Pre-Fight Press Conference in 428 Seconds

(Video courtesy YouTube/Heavy)

If you don’t want to sit through 40 minutes of mostly oblivious reporters asking the same old questions that have been asked a hundred times and hearing fighters regurgitate their equally tired responses ad nauseam at yesterday’s UFC 117 pre-fight press conference, check out the above video by that gives you the highlights of the presser in just over seven minutes.

Not surprisingly, the bulk of the clip features Chael Sonnen spinning yarns about how great of a person and fighter he is and how much of a heel Anderson Silva is.

Ironic, isn’t it?

The highlight of the highlight had to be Thiago Alves‘ genuine amusement with Sonnen’s comments, despite Chael referring to "Pitbull’s" native Portugese language as being barely tougher to master than pig Latin.

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Ed M- August 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Chael ..."Douchebag, this suit's Italian"... SOOooooo.... NNENNnnnnn!!!!
Almost North- August 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm
Roy "le roi" Nelson
fatbellyfrank- August 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm
Big Roy should change his name to King Roy, how could you not love the big guy, its like John Goodman in the octagon
ghostboner- August 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm
I am also hoping Big Country wins. I love JDS but I jut can't bring myself to root against that lovable fat bastard. He has a greasy mullet for crying out loud!
ThrashingMad- August 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm
Anyone notice how metro-sexual Fitch looks? I mean, look at that hair.
ComaPlata- August 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm
I hope like hell Sonnen, Hughes, and Nelson all whoop ass tomorrow...
ghostboner- August 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm
Also, Chael is one funny mofo. I am very curious to see what the post fight interview is gonna look like.
ghostboner- August 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm
What the hell do you mean he doesn't fight for the fans? That is like saying, "Well, the government can do what it wants, cause they aren't supposed to be working for the people." If nobody watches, and nobody buys ppvs, there is no UFC, or any other major promotion. All there is is a San Shou tournament on the dirty mats at Black House gym that Anderson has to pay to enter and 30 people watch, all of whom are the families of the participants. Anderson fights for us. If he didn't, Dana would not be threatening to fire his ass if he pisses us all off again. Anderson fights for the people who pay his bills: we the fans. Sure, maybe he also fights because he loves it, but if it weren't for other people who love the sport and are willing to pay to watch, he would not have the time or money to train as much as he does, in the facilities that he has, and compete on the level that he does.
needledick- August 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm
is it only me or did Chael look pretty scared in the staredown
RwilsonR- August 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm
FreddyFangers says:
"I'm really tired of hearing about how Anderson does not respect the fans. He doesnt fight for the fans, so deal with it. He never has, so why is it such a problem now?"

The reason it's a problem, and the reason we are bitching about it is because as viewers of this site, in general, we are fans of MMA. As fans, it is understandable that we don't like to be shit on by the athletes in the sport we are fans of. So we complain when someone does just that. The reason it is such a problem now is because his last fight was the worst example of this. Make sense?

Saying that Anderson "doesn't fight for the fans" and we just need to "deal with it" is true. So we are dealing with it. We are dealing with it by complaining that he is an asshole who doesn't give a shit about the fans. So deal with it.
Chute Box Bad Boy- August 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Anderson is gonna rape this fool. i am completely sick of this dude talking complete bullshit. i know some people want anderson to lose because of the maia fight but i just dont see sonnen pulling a jake shields for 5 rounds.
p.s. Shields is boring
DazedNConfused- August 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Man I love Anderson Silva, he does what he wants, he fucks peoples days up in the ring, and he seems to have the most relaxed personality I've seen in MMA.

That being said, this has to be the first press conference I've actually laughed out loud. That Chael motherfucker, is damn funny. I highly doubt he's going to win, but I wouldn't mind seeing him as a 185 gatekeeper or something. "Would that be the one you ran unopposed?", "That would be correct", LOL.

The staredown at the end was classic too, definitely has me pumped up for this UFC event tomorrow night:D Silva by domination.
Biffmiester- August 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Damn nothing gets by Ariel. That part was friggin hilarious. Even Chael cracked a half-smile when Ariel caught him with the "unopposed" detail.
boober- August 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Cheal reminds me of owen wilson.
Dick_Gozenya- August 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm
^ True, true.


I'm surprised I'm so sick of the Chael stuff, usually I don't care about what fighters do outside of the ring, I only want to see good fights. I think it's the sound of his voice and the blatant ridiculousness and hypocrisy of his schtick that grinds my gears. I like a good joke as much as everybody else, but sometimes I feel like it's painfully obvious that Chael seems to be the only one unaware that the jokes on him.
Almost North- August 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm
To be fair there is some question about whether Alves and Fitch are in the same weight division.......
FreddyFangers- August 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm
I'm really tired of hearing about how Anderson does not respect the fans. He doesnt fight for the fans, so deal with it. He never has, so why is it such a problem now? Oh, its because he has a few "boring" fights. Ok, lets say that's fair. do you realize the guy that Anderson is fighting is a "boring" fighter? Chael Sonnen is a wrestler who wants nothing more than to get a takedown and lay on his oppponent for the remainder of the round, occasionally throwing a shot or 2. I salute Chael for talking so much utter bullshit because maybe it will cause Anderson to go apeshit on him, but other than that he is still the same "boring" ass fighter that he has always been.
FreddyFangers- August 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm
You do know that Chael is not in the same division as Alves and Fitch right?
RwilsonR- August 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Chael Sonnen is fantastic! I was honestly getting a little bored with some of the divisions - WW and MW - because I couldn't care less about the challengers. Chael may not have any more of a chance than Demian Maia, but I could listen to the crap he makes up about Anderson Silva all day long. Maybe if Anderson never wasted our time on the Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, and Demian Maia fights, and had just blown through all three like he did with Forrest I would be more upset with Chael's comments. But as it stands, Anderson has no respect for the fans, and so it is nice to see someone publicly have no respect for him as a person. Plus, Chael is really talented at weaving lies, half-truths, and exaggeration with just enough of the truth that in a single sentence you can simultaneously agree and disagree with what he says. I love it!

I hope Chael wins just to hear him talk about how Vitor left the UFC years ago just to avoid fighting him. Maybe he can even throw in his theories on how Vitor faked his sister's kidnapping so that he could dodge a fight with Chael.
GUI-uh-TEEN- August 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm
LOL @FreeBJs4Dudes
Almost North- August 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm
"Aramaic is a girly language. We all know Jesus speaks English but he refuses to do so to the media. I am out here every day doing my job and where is he?"
omunto- August 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Oh my god for once I agree with something Matt Hughes has said...

I want all future press conferences to have Chael Sonnen in them.
MediumRare- August 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Can't imagine why some of you bitch and moan so hard about this guy. He is a pure lol-machine.

He's like a Tito Ortiz that's able to pronounce words. He's a liar and an attention whore (what more do you expect of a politician) and he can fight.

This guy is entertaining the shit out of me. I, for one, hope he beats the living shit out of Silva (and then gets blasted by Belfort in a few months time).
FreeBJs4Dudes- August 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Change my name back Mike, not cool man not cool at all.....
Almost North- August 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm
"Jesus is a bully and hes been ducking me for over two thousand years"