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Video of the Day: Chael Sonnen Gives Some Kids Disturbing Advice On How to Compete

(Video courtesy of Flo Wrestling)

Chael Sonnen did a seminar back in November for some youth at the Northeast Duals’ “MMA Fest,” held at Hudson Valley Community College in New York where he gave an inspiring speech about how to match intensity with an opponent.

“One thing on intensity, and I hope that we’re all old enough that I can tell this without people taking it for something that it’s not, but when we’re being intense and we’re out there and we’re competing — wrestling, fighting, MMA, whatever it is — I need to match my partner’s intensity. I can’t let him come in and bully me,” Sonnen explained. “I can’t let him pick on me. For some of you younger guys, eventually you’ll be getting into high school as freshman and these older guys are gonna push you around a little bit. Then you’ll go back and do it to the next group. It’s just the way that it works. You get to college and it’s intimidating because the intensity’s a little different. You gotta match ‘em.”

Sounds like good advice so far. Maybe Chael does have a career in politics if he can ever get his criminal record expunged by an outgoing president. Let’s listen to what other sage advice the Gangster from America has for the youth of the nation .

“If they go first, you match ‘em instantly. If a guy clubs you, you club him as hard or harder and you do it right then. Don’t wait a minute and come back with it. He clubs you, you club him right then [and] he’ll stop doin’ it,” Chael said. “Okay? He will stop…if you’re in a match and the guy gets intense, you get intense right there, right then. As hard or harder right now and he’ll stop doin’ it. Okay? One-up him.”

It sounds like Chael practices what he preaches. He is the king of “one-upmanship.” He must be talking about smack talk on the mats — a craft he’s taken to the next level. Maybe he’ll share some of his secrets with these aspiring wrestlers and fighters.

“If he slaps you, punch him. If he punches you, kick him. If he kicks you, stab him. If he stabs you, shoot him,” he stated flatly. “If he shoots you, you go kill his family. You guys get the point there?”

Wait, what? Rewind that. Did he just tell them to stab and shoot their opponents or did I mishear, “slap their wives on the asses?” Imagine your kids coming home from that seminar and you catch one of them making a shiv in case they need to “one-up” someone that kicked them on the playground. That isn’t cool, especially since he mentioned there were some primary school-aged kids at the seminar.

In Chael’s defense, he did mention afterwards that he doesn’t really mean to stab or shoot anyone, but kids are impressionable. I’m thinking the pro-wrestling schtick sometimes takes on a life of its own and he blurts out whatever might get a reaction, regardless of the consequences.

“One-up him and you do it right then. Don’t let him push you around. It’s a practice…it’s a mindset… of course I’m not talkin’ about hurting someone, but what I’m talking about is we gotta match ‘em and we gotta do it right now, okay? You can’t go, ‘Aw, this guy slapped me on Tuesday, so on Friday I’m gonna get even with him,’ okay? If he clubs you, you club him right back,” Sonnen confusingly explained. “That’ll keep everything level and that will up everybody’s intensity.”

The speech actually could have been a classic, had he not added the questionable part in the middle about stabbing, shooting and killing an opponent’s family. Imagine A-Rod telling a group of kids to bash someone’s skull in with a bat for throwing a brush-back pitch. It wouldn’t reflect well on his team or the sport of baseball.

Hopefully Bob Reilly and the Culinary Union don’t latch onto this one.

Here’s a less disturbing talk Chael gave the group about positioning:

(Video courtesy of Flo Wrestling)

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OptimusCryme- January 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm
Wow what a bad article. The writer took Chael's EXCELLENT advice and twisted it around. It's a shame because the writer has potential but is wasting their time on whiny negative articles like this.

Sorry dude but if someone is stupid enough to take Chael's advice literally, then they were already f'ed before Chael got to them.

You have nice grammar and vocabulary but you've got some work to do in the thinking area. Thanks for wasting my time.
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XENOPHON- January 12, 2012 at 8:20 am
..and I take it you spent time in service. I don;'t think you did. Not a crime in any way, only that you don't see the parallels. As silly as they are.
Since you brought up Kool Aid with a military insinuation, this entire site is dedicated to fighting. Its as close as one gets to man vs man battle, legally.
In Sonnen's speech to 2nd rate coaches and a group of dumb kids there was nothing illegal said, and that's really the point. People seem to get easily offended at what someone says.
It's not like you or me have any control over Chael Sonnen or his speeches. If he was at that school on his own time, I doubt the Zuffa has any control either.
Why don't you write a letter to the UFC and complain to them about their bad employee - or write a letter and get backed by the Culinary Union, National Anti-Women’s Violence Group.
Are you one of the people who urges New York to ban MMA?
You can't have it both ways.
Crow42- January 12, 2012 at 12:16 am
im so happy not everyone is drinking this guy KOOL AID
damm like the military wow
SnackDaddy- January 12, 2012 at 12:08 am
yes, but sonnen's not a general and these kids aren't troops marching out to battle. this is not the kind of advice you give to kids, especially if you're trying to rebuild your image. granted, it was a frank advice and, something you'd expect from an older brother sort of a character but, in its context, it was rubbish and, not very eloquently put either.
also, i agree silva had no answer for sonnen's wrestling the first time but to think he won't have it the second time around either is just pure silliness. silva's gonna dance around sonnen in their rematch. in the first fight, silva looked quite reluctant to stand and bang, his usual style. how much of it was owing to his injury and how much was owing to sonnen's prowess, we'll have to wait and see. it's gonna be a hulluva a fight, that's for sure, but i'd give the edge to the champ any day. just the level of pre-fight shit-talking would be well worth it. lets just hope sonnen gets past munoz otherwise munoz will be undoubtedly the most hated fighter in the history of the sport.
XENOPHON- January 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm
whoop...I just got punked. Your right, he was juiced, and that is not fair. Also, actually fighting (all the different styles and techniques combined) Anderson is better.
As I try to save some face, the problem Anderson had, was that coming form Brazil where wrestling is sparse, Anderson was stymied for the entire fight - he had zero answer. And I will stick to the observation that either Sonnen was exhausted and got sloppy or that Anderson got fucking lucky.
As for the comparison to war. Sonnen was like a general in that interview giving the schools kids and their coaches a pep talk. Swap out the kids for young junior enlisted troops, and swap out the coaches for majors and colonels.
Leaves Sonnen in the role of visiting general. Like Patton if you want. He was full of piss and vinegar, we call that today - pure hype. That is what the generals do SmackDaddy, they act as surrogate daddies, tell their boys to go kick some ass, and fight back even harder if they meet any resistance. I think that's all Sonnen did during his pep talk.
Well that's not entirely true either, he likely is going to file for a "volunteer to the youth community" tax deduction with the IRS, and so he actually saved some money with that great great speech to a bunch of kids and 2nd rate coaches.
I will hold my ground on that comment, but you right about Anderson. OK?
SnackDaddy- January 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm
Xeno, your comparison to an actual military war is just wrong on so many levels. Stop trying to build this guy to something he's not. He might be the best shit talker in the UFC, or prime time television even, but he is not a better fighter than anderson silva. we saw him fight silva on substance when silva had a broken rib. you cannot say that's a fair fight to make an assessment on. and after that, we saw him fight once which, granted, he won quite convincingly. but, what i'm trying to say is, we still don't know if he's good enough. which is why i think the munoz fight is a good idea. may the best man (not on PEDs) win.
Capital- January 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm
Ypu dont get it eh?
This man is a genius!
XENOPHON- January 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Looking at a good deal of fighters, I can't name any who make a habit of not talking shit. Chael is just better at it than most.
Even if I was to agree with you that he couldn't beat Silva, he has taken Silva into a real fight...just as Machida did with Jones, albeit briefly.
If you want to really compare tapping look at Silva's loses on video from today. He tapped faster than a hooker looking up from a blow job and seeing another $10 being waived in front of her eyes....
I wish for the day that Anderson loses 3 fights in row. Unfortunately he is too much of a pussy to move up in weight, and stays where there is no untested or qualified competition.
His advice about matching intensity is valid. No military every wins a fight by being in constant retreat. That's the quickest way to get rolled up. Ask Silva, he was rolled up for 5 rounds before, he started arm farming and got lucky.
Crow42- January 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm
Really 2 bad when anderson matched chael intensity he TAPPED (LOL)
like this guy should have told kids 2 train hard u know , pace your self so u dont lose in the long run like i did
The sad thing here is people will heed his advice, cause he is more then a mma fighter now. He is like a gimmick 2 some and mere entertainment 2 others.
Sucks 2 cause there is a lot of mma fighters who fight there ass off, but will never get the same attention as chael (due 2 not talking shit)

damm its gonna be a sad day when he fights the spider, cause right after people will really be looking at him (lets hope he has another game plan cause this whole talking shit , made of character seems 2 only work with the spider)
HandsofGold- January 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm
You can say anything you want about Chael but at least he goes in there and fights his ass off. Unlike a lot of these guys that say they are going to do something only to do exactly the opposite aka Kosh,Fitch,Rampage etc.. He goes in there and brings the fight everytime. Regardless.
Fletch the V Stretch- January 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Ha ha, I would have to agree that matching intensity would be the best advice he has given.


You are naive to believe that over 50% of all fighters aren't taking PED's of some sort. The number is probably higher than that even. There are simply those that get caught and those that don't.
rampageisgod- January 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm
That advice was just ripped off from Casino. That's how De Niro describes Pesci's character.
XENOPHON- January 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm
High schools don't test for PED's.
Of course, if the kids can get either a prescription of buy them from Cyborgs supplier they can use them all they want.
No one is looking or giving any tests.
If my old ladies kids used PED's, I'd be proud that they won. It's all that matters.
SnackDaddy- January 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Er... the same Anderson Silva who nearly put him to sleep? I wonder what Chael's advice on taking performance enhancing substances would be? Probably that it's okay to do it as long as you win in the end. Worst advice ever.
GistoftheFist- January 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Did he show Bas Rutten's self defense videos afterward? Remember to go SLOSHSLOSH in da liver!
XENOPHON- January 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Best advice. Call it Xenophobic if you must, but it worked against Anderson Silva, Stann, and others...better advice that Greg Jackson supplies.
The12ozCurls- January 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm
I thought Chael was from Portland.
He is talking about the "Chicago Way"
Morningwood- January 11, 2012 at 11:56 am
I think his comment was poking fun at what he said to Wandy. However, isn't Chael on probation? I believe this type of chatter violates probation. Or, at least gets you suspended from your job at White Bear Lake HS.
omunto- January 11, 2012 at 11:55 am
Mr. Bob Harris,
Need more intensity!
cursed5- January 11, 2012 at 11:51 am
“If he slaps you, punch him. If he punches you, kick him. If he kicks you, stab him. If he stabs you, shoot him. If he puts you in a triangle, uh... then you...not quite sure...what...if, uh... Oh, nevermind."
Fried Taco- January 11, 2012 at 11:46 am
Chael just gave away the entire plot for Haywire.
RSparrow- January 11, 2012 at 11:37 am
Depends how old the kids are... Either way just not good to say shit about killing families in general, lol... The argument isn't over whether wrestling teaches discipline or not