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Video: Chael Sonnen Talks About UFC 117 Fight With Anderson Silva with Only a Sprinkling of BS for Good Measure

(Video courtesy YouTube/MMAAthletics)

Chael Sonnen briefly flashed the hand he’s been playing against Anderson Silva ahead of their UFC 117 showdown Saturday night in an interview with MMAAthletics host Rachelle Leah.

In the interview the Oregon fighter, who has been less than complimentary towards the UFC middleweight champion in the weeks leading up to the fight gave an explanation of why he turned the smack talk up a notch for Silva.

"I like to irritate Anderson. I think Anderson’s a bully and I think he’s a jerk. I think he’s pushed people around long enough. He’s not the bully on the playground when I’m there. He knows that and I know that. When I walk by Anderson Silva he puts his eyeballs on the curb until I pass; he doesn’t even look me straight in the eye and that’s a smart move by him."

Sure, the explanation wasn’t that revealing, but his follow-up comments were what got my attention. Not only does Sonnen say that Silva’s recent performances in fights like the ones with Demian Maia and  Thales Leites didn’t bother him, he actually pays "The Spider" a few compliments while breaking down the fight.

"I’m one of the few guys that doesn’t mind Anderson’s antics in the ring. I think he should bring whatever style and strategy he feels gives him the best chance of getting his hand raised at the end of the night. So I have no problem with that. As far as a guy with motion, that’s very common in wrestling. That’s very common in boxing. Anderson’s not the first guy to come out there and create a lot of motion. He’s in love with his motion and that becomes a problem for him, not for me. He really gets into those movements and that motion and he finds energy and he thrives off of that. I lose a lot of motion myself, but you don’t want to be in love with your motion. You just want to use your motion. He’s believing his own press clippings. It’s pretty clear."

"As far as preparation for an opponent, you just can’t change. You’d like to and maybe there’s something you see her and there — something glaring that you’ll try to adapt to…I’m certainly not against change, but my skills are my skills, his skills are his skills and you never know who you’re going to face. I don’t want to change for an opponent. I want to bring my skills and dance with the woman that brought me there. I’ve fought 41 men and none of them have outstruck me. He’s fought twenty-something men and I can’t remember seeing anyone outgrapple him. I can fight on my feet, he can fight on the ground and that’s the way it should be. We’re the two toughest guys on the planet in this weight class. To act as though one of us has a glaring weakness in any area is just silly."

"I expect to win. I will be shocked and extremely disappointed in myself if I lose this fight. If I lose this fight, that doesn’t mean Anderson’s a good fighter; it just means I’m that bad. I’m not looking to do anything but run right through this guy. If this guy makes me burn a bunch of calories and burn a good deep sweat I’d be surprised."

One of the best lines from Chael was in response to whether or not he enjoyed fighting.

"Fighting is not fun. Anybody who says ‘I love to fight,’ has some real serious mental problems. They’re lying. Nobody actually loves to fight. There’s no part [of it] I enjoy. I grew up in the country and my family wrestled. That’s all I know. I play this sport ‘cos it’s the only game I know how to play." 

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Dick_Gozenya- August 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm
Look, she's probably got a fantastic personality and is a wonderful conversationalist, and she has already published pictures of what appeared to be her using her vagina as a martini shaker so I'm gonna go ahead and say she's a swell gal.
ilvbllythekd12- August 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm
As a black woman, at first I was a bit offended by reading what all you fellas wrote about Chandella...then I took a good look at her (I hadn't before)...

Hate on, Potato Nation, hate on. You have my blessing.
danomite- August 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm
oh god it's chandella grosss i wanna puke aaaarrrghhhhhh!!!! she's so gross it makes me want to go bang my girlfriend if i had one. i've had sex with so many hotter women then her, if you include jerking off to porn sex WHICH I DO THANK YOU! oooohhhhh vomit noises !!!!!!!!! oooohh here's my comment about how i've seen hotter black women than her so that no one catches on to my racism. OHHH I'M PROJECTILE VOMITING NOW I SAW HER AGAIN!!!!! SICK!

once again, Chandella makes a living off of her looks. Your (imaginary) girlfriends or any girl who's ever even spoken to you does not. If you really think she's that hideous you either need to a) come to terms with the fact you're a racist or b) maybe give dudes a try. at least one time to make sure it doesn't make your little wee-wee get hard.
Dick_Gozenya- August 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm
I think Chandelier is pretty cute, not the bombshell I'm sure the UFC could rustle up, but definitely boneable. My only complaint is that box of peppermint chiclets somebody shoved up in her grill.
the glza- August 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm
it actually made me laugh... i was trying to be funny, and failed.
RwilsonR- August 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm
Chandella Powell is so ugly... that she went to the beautician and it took 12 hours... for a quote.
Dick_Gozenya- August 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Yeah, leave that to the professionals. It's much harder to be an effective Dick than you think.
AkilleeZ- August 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm
I wasn't trying to showcase my skills, but thanks anyway for trying to be a dick.
the glza- August 6, 2010 at 11:58 am
that's just terrible. your photoshop skills, i mean.
AkilleeZ- August 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

'nuff said.
Stak40- August 6, 2010 at 11:18 am
I agree. The UFC you should be able to find women 5X sexier than both Arainny and Chandella. I'm not saying Arianny isnt sexy, but she could easily be replaced.
Levi Jones- August 6, 2010 at 11:17 am
Haha I can't believe people are still taking this seriously. Chael is just putting on a comedy show now. Who cared about this fight before Chael started in with this? Now everyone is hyped up one way or the other. Good for him. He should get a nice fat check for all the media work he's done.
the glza- August 6, 2010 at 11:14 am
yeah... she's black, and that's nice but really -- i could throw a rock outside my door and hit twenty hotter black chicks.

AkilleeZ- August 6, 2010 at 11:13 am
All in all she was a poor choice as the new ring girl by the UFC
Stak40- August 6, 2010 at 11:09 am
Chandella does look like the runt of a chinchilla litter but her body aint no different then most of the ring girls, minus the fake tits. Too skinny but toned and no ass.
ytrebil- August 6, 2010 at 11:04 am
WTF! I was enjoying this shit until Chandella burnt my eyeballs.
Morningwood- August 6, 2010 at 11:03 am
I thought Chael was going to lose to Philo both times, as well to Nate M. So, I obviously can't read his skills very well. But, I think he's in for a very tough night and probably a visious beating. but, he's going to give AS credit for being the champion, and take credit for making him fight by pissing him off. He'll say he had to talk so much shit to make AS fight.
Stak40- August 6, 2010 at 11:03 am
Silva's full destructive abilities don't allow his opponents to get out of the second round.
the glza- August 6, 2010 at 10:57 am
oh -- i almost forgot -- fifth round! not third round. forgot it was a title matchup.

and it's not so much that i dislike sonnen himself, although i do dislike him -- it's more that silva has been so blah lately about winning, that i want to see his full destructive abilities showcased again.

i actually hope sonnen's verbal jabs have been successful and bring silva out of his safety funk.
AkilleeZ- August 6, 2010 at 10:55 am
Chael Sonnen: Making American's look like huge douches in the sport of MMA since 1993.

"To act as though one of us has a glaring weakness in any area is just silly"

Submission defense, Chael?

Silva wins via 2nd round triangle
the glza- August 6, 2010 at 10:51 am
no -- i don't think i'm getting duped -- i know he's just a troll and he'll say anything offensive/blatantly untrue in order to get a rise out of his opponent and the media...

but still. i sincerely hope he gets wrecked. like completely turned into pudding.
nicey- August 6, 2010 at 10:45 am
Merlin you are one of the people getting duped by Chael. Of course he knows what he's said. He makes YOU look foolish though. LOL. Same w/ the glza. You are taking what he says verbatim. You guys just dont get it.
Stak40- August 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

I felt like that too but now i think i want him to destroy him ASAP so when Sonnen wakes up he and all his fans know he never had a chance.
the glza- August 6, 2010 at 10:28 am
"When I walk by Anderson Silva he puts his eyeballs on the curb until I pass; he doesn't even look me straight in the eye and that's a smart move by him."

did you guys see the press conference? AS was all up in his face for the face-off and didn't break off even after sonnen turned around to take a picture. silva was completely intimidating him... then to say THAT is just unbelievably absurd.

can't wait for sonnen to get crushed. i hope silva drags it out -- taking sonnen to the brink of getting ktfo and then pulling back, only to do it over and over again until the last minute of the third round when he finally delivers the spectacular knockout.
Merlin- August 6, 2010 at 10:17 am
Chael Sonnen is a fucking liar!
How dare he deny ever talking to Larry Pepe about Lance Armstrong giving himself cancer, everyone knows that was him, fucking politicians deny deny deny.
Just look at his face during his most recent Interview with Ariel Helwani when he's asked about those comments ... if that isn't the face of someone trying their best to look calm while wondering what's going to happen when the shit hits the fan I don't know what is.
And for that I hope he gets skull fucked to death by the Spider.