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Video: Chael Sonnen Talks About His Suspension Appeal, His Beef With Wand and Gives His Thoughts On Overeem and Lesnar


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Besides his prepared impromptu interview with HDNet’s Mike Straka hours after his suspension appeal with the California State Athletic Commission, Chael Sonnen has been uncharacteristically quiet about the ordeal.

During Thursday’s episode of MMA Live, Chael was asked for a synopsis of his thoughts on the hearing and his reduced suspension and in true Sonnen form, his answers didn’t disappoint.

"Rules are rules and they have to be followed. A government agency, which is the commission, has to be transparent, clear and decisive. They said that I didn’t disclose. I proved three different ways that I did. I had an email command, I disclosed it directly to the executive director [of CSAC] and we wrote it down on a form that was signed and dated with the head of the testing agency," Sonnen explained. "We proved all of these things, but we were still told that we didn’t disclose. I don’t know what dictionary they consult to get a definition of the word, ‘disclosure,’ but according to the ones that I read at the University of Oregon, that’s disclosure."


As far as who was to blame in the situation, sonnen said that CSAC’s actions spoke volumes in that regard.

"There’s no such thing as a six-month fine. If somebody broke the rules, they serve 12 months. This isn’t like traffic court where you drop the suspension because the guy showed up in a suit and looked nice. I came in and I put my case forward. They dropped it to six months. That’s the same thing as saying, ‘We were wrong.’"

Host Jon Anik put the UFC middleweight on this spot by asking Sonnen about Nevada State Athletic Commission head Keith Kizer’s recent response to statements made by Chael during his hearing that the bureaucrat he had told him that he was approved for testosterone replacement therapy and that he should not bring up his condition to commissions in the future.

Here’s what Kizer told ESPN’s Josh Gross:

"I know he didn’t say anything to me, and if he would have said something to my doctors they would have told me," Kizer said. "Maybe there’s some legitimate answers here. I don’t want to pre-judge anything on this, but I’ve never talked to the guy in my life and I’ve never cleared him for TRT in my life. I’m as confused as anyone."

Not surprisingly, Sonnen spun the question before closing with an ambiguous, yet politically correct answer.

"A federal law known as HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) would prohibit a government official from speaking about my private medical records," Chael explained, intimating that Kizer was simply protecting his rights and not denying knowledge of Sonnen’s condition. "Keith Kizer does a great job. He’s a very good guy and I have no problems in Nevada."

Knowing that he is prohibited from training (or at least admitting that he is doing so) until March 1, the staunch Republican said that he would be willing to take a fight later that month or possibly in April if the opponent was right.

"We’ll get through all the red tape in just a matter of months. The very first of March we’ll begin training and I’m looking at having a fight immediately following," he said. "There’s three shows going on in that month and I’m gonna get tabbed on one of them."

When asked if a potential showdown with Wanderlei Silva is a possibility for his return to the Octagon, Sonnen said the reason why he set his sights on "The Axe Murderer" was purely a selfish one.

"I’m not feeling quite up to myself. I’m suspended and can’t resume training until early March, so I’m looking for an easy fight," he explained. "I took an easy target and I called out the guy with the worst record in the history of the UFC."

Later on in the show when the panel was discussing the upcoming heavyweight K-1 Dynamite!! bout between Alistair Overeem and UFC cast-off Todd Duffee, Sonnen pulled no punches in sharing his views on the match-up.

"It’s really hard to care about this fight. Any time Overeem goes out there, it really is perplexing. He doesn’t have a whole lot of meaningful fights. My advice is bet your neighbor a bag of potato chips so that you could even care. Don’t bother wasting your time clicking the refresh button to see who won this fight. Go out. It’s New Year’s. Watch the ball drop. Tune in next week and we’ll tell you who won."

When Anik pointed out that a majority of fans and the media consider Overeem to be the best heavyweight striker in MMA, Sonnen cut off Kenny Florian‘s response to weigh in on the perceived fallacy.

"Well a lot of people think that Elvis Presley’s still alive as well. I don’t know that Overeem is an MMA fighter at all. Duffee got released from the UFC. Overeem got stomped in the first round by the UFC light heavyweight champion," he pointed out, referring to The Demolition Man’s 2003 loss to Chuck Liddell "I’m really not seeing it… From ‘The department of who cares?’ I’m gonna predict that Overeem cheats his way to another meaningless victory."

Lastly, the outspoken Oregonian added his two cents on the possiblilty that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar may walk away from MMA to return to the WWE.

"Brock’s got an obligation to the UFC. What somebody needs to explain to Brock is that deals go both ways. You can’t just take and not give [something] back. Brock needs to honor his deal. Vince McMahon may have been willing to forgive you; Dana White will not. On the other hand, if I got stomped out in under three minutes by a guy I outweighed by 50 pounds, I’d think about quitting, too," Sonnen said. "I don’t know if [his heart is still in MMA] or not. There’s not a whole lot of guys who can beat Brock Lesnar. At the same time, there’s never going to be a scenario where Brock Lesnar closes the gap, which is insurmountable, against Cain Velasquez. I think he could be number two and he could be number two for a while. I don’t think he wants to do it. I think that’s okay too, but if you have an obligation and you made a deal with Zuffa, honor your obligation."

Chael better hope that he doesn’t get stuck sharing a car back to the hotel from an event with Brock any time soon.

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AndyInflammatory- January 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Chael was a breath of fresh air in that division.

Francophones and Brazilians don't make for great interviews, and yeah - Marquardt is duller than doo-doo.

If the build-up to a fight makes you think that you are going to be part of something truly extraordinary, then I'm all for it - and thank fuck Chael actually delivers.
ghostboner- January 4, 2011 at 2:45 am
@RSparrow - Actually it looks like I am the buffoon who should have hit refresh and posted that under the correct/current article. I had just read the story on the UG and still had a CP tab open. Mah bad.

@Frank - You are gonna need a limo for all that venison and horsemeat, and can I suggest you stop and pick up a fella named Vandurrlay, I think he is looking to play a little taxi cab tooth fairy.

Mr.Misanthropy where you at, this joke needs finishing: so 3 steroid users and a brazilian leprechaun climb into a taxi...
fatbellyfrank- January 4, 2011 at 12:48 am
Yo, I wanna book a taxi, 3 passengers, guys by the name of Chael, Brock and The Reem, no particular destination, Brock or The Reem will ask you to pull over when the're ready, and I've got the fare covered, Ciao
RSparrow- January 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm
@ghost

Thank god I'm not the only guy who knows what felony fights are, I literally watch and laugh my ass off. Shit's ridiculous.

I like the one where they have four people all fight each other and see who the last one standing is. Thats how the SF HW tournament should go, can you imagine...

Love him or hate him, Chael is a great person to have in the UFC. I personally think he's hilarious, and I forgot how boring it can be without him.

Let's not forget he was beating the shit out of arguably the best fighter in the WORLD... but what do I know, I'm a felony fights fan.
RSparrow- January 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm
Damnit, should have hit the refresh button. So that's where the whole felony fights reference came from...

I wont hit the delete button, i'll take my embarrassment like a man. Sorry fellas, not my day.
ghostboner- January 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm
Next on felony fights: Chael Sonnen vs some hispanic guy who was incarcerated for impersonating an Oregon politician...

Man Chael is really flinging his poop, talkin bout Horsemeatereem like that. I'll give the guy his props for 4.5 rounds of Spider embarrassment and some the best shit talk ever, but Reem just won the K1 OWGP and destroyed Duffee in like 20 sec. You gotta respect that.
Joe-Say Aldo- January 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm
Chael is such a DICK! He talks like a lying politician when he's speaking about his own cheating, then he shits all over the Reem and calls him a cheater. Hypocrite!

As for Kenny, could he be any worse at predicting fights? He got all of the picks he made wrong in that clip, and he hasn't done much better than that on previous MMA Live shows. "Duffees going to beat Overeem", really? Really? What's next, Kenflo gonna pick Bruce Leroy over Jose Aldo?
tramadoc- January 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm
@ Meaot, HIPAA has been around since the late 90's. It's not an early aspect of Obamacare as you so eloquently put it. I'm a Paramedic, and all HIPAA means is that your health information can not be given out to anyone else without your written permission. For example, if Chael Sonnen beats the shit out of you and I'm the Paramedic that treats you, I'm not allowed to disclose any information regarding your health status, injuries sustained or any treatment that you received after said ass beating without you signing a paper saying that I can disclose that information. Also, all persons that are allowed to receive that information must be documented and the paper signed by you allowing them to see how badly Chael beat the shit out of you, medically speaking.
stopthehate- January 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm
He has to win a fight or two. Which he probably will. Its in everyones best intersest to see this guy come back. He is the most hated fighter in the ufc and he is very skilled in his style of fighting. He knows who and what he is. So should we as fans. He is a joy to watch in the sense that we want to see him lose. He knows how to push buttons. A rematch with Silva would be awesome and would give Anderson some time in the limelight as a hero which is something he and the ufc want.
ZiggysDick- January 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm
Hmmm. Well it doesn't look like Anderson Silva will be facing Sonnen in a rematch any time soon.
stopthehate- January 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm
Entertaing and annoying all at once. There has never been a fighter I want to see get smashed more than Sonnen. People think that he is a douche but they are wrong. He is a super mega douche and whats worse he has has an education so he has to know better. Even his crimes are arrogant and educated at the same time. He didnt rob a liqour store ya know. He is great at building up fights and pissing people off. If he and Wandy ever end up fighting, I hope wandy knocks his block off but something tells me that a super testosterone fueled Sonnen will gnp Wandy to a victory. We can only hope that he makes it to the top again and gets ktfo in round 1 by the Spider.
djp1988- January 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm
Chael just plead guilty to federal money laundering. DW just shat a construction site worth of bricks.
Smitty- January 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm
You can say what you want, but Chael can put some freakin words together. Not only that, but he can fight like a sumbitch too. What more do you need haters???
cecils_pupils- January 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm
^^^Chael is indeed up to his asshole is fuckedupness. deeeeezam!
Reverend_Clint- January 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm
go check out my fightlinker post about all the new shenanigans chael is up to. I'll just say steroids are the least of his problems
cecils_pupils- January 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm
Spoken like a true politician... with turds falling out of his mouth.
Joedirt- January 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Chael is great.
GILL-uh-TEEN- January 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm
Chael's literal nuts may be small, but his figurative nuts are huge.
LET IT RAIN- January 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm
as much as i didn't care for the guy previously, i think his assessment of things said here area pretty much spot on. aside from the whole Brock is leaving mma thing. i think Chael answered the question that was asked, but no one has talked to Brock last i heard, let the guy fucking have his vacation and clear his mind. No story from him lead to this whole assumption of him leaving. gimme a break.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- January 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm
^^ yeah

chael sonnen makes me sick to my stomache, everything that comes out of his mouth makes me want to hurt him with all of my heart
Meaot- January 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm
LOL. Chael likes HIPPA? HIPPA was one of the early aspects of Obamacare. Therefore, Chael is a fan of Obama?

Also, can we get a catchweight fight between Chael and Koscheck already? The sheer amount of braggadoccio and shit-talk would be apocalyptic and totally awsome.
Videodrome_NOW- January 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Keith Kizer "I have no idea what the fuck Chael is talking about. He disclosed Jack and Shit to me, and Jack just left fuckin town."

Chael "Keith Kizer is a great guy, I have no problems with Nevada."
(Gives Jon Anik the "Need I say more" smirk.)


WTF? How does he come up with this? It's fuckin brilliant. No one else could pull this shit off, I'm telling you.
Jakey2- January 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Referring to overeems loss to shogun no?
newdeal- January 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm
lol Florian picked Duffee to beat the reem...didnt he see Duffees last fight in the UFC...the one where he gassed in one round and then got knocked out by a guy with less power in his whole body that overeem has in one finger
Bruce_Buffer- January 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Chael's back....

@ horse, Dana does the same thing. "listen." They both probably read it in an effective public speaking book.
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