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Video: Reporter Says He Was and Still is Confused By Sonnen Interview; Claims it Wasn’t Staged


The Canadian reporter who conducted the highly-publicized Q&A with with Chael Sonnen last week in which the “Gangster from America” questioned his credentials and berated him for ten minutes before walking off the set says that he still isn’t quite sure what the hell happened in the interview.

Michael Lansberg, the longtime host of “Off the Record,” got the goat of the UFC middleweight early in the interview when he asked why he rescinded his loser leaves town fight offer to Anderson Silva, prompting an agitated Sonnen to to fire back with a few barbs of his own. The interview went downhill from there, at least in terms of Lansberg maintaining control.

Besides making fun of his mundane questions, Chael asked Lansberg — who claims to have interviewed UFC president Dana White between “10 and 25 times” — if he even knew what MMA was and scolded him for taking his quotes out of context.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFC)

In an interview he did with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour today, Lansberg says he thought Sonnen was kidding around at first, but mid way through the segment he says he started questioning whether or not the Oregon fighter was seriously perturbed.

He has since written Chael a letter taking responsibility for his part of the communication break down and says that he received an “appropriate response” back, although he wouldn’t reveal what was Sonnen said. Still, Lansberg says he is unsure about whether or not Sonnen was in character or if he was truly as pissed off as he seemed to be and he concedes that he’ll likely never find out.

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Fried Taco- November 22, 2011 at 7:49 am
I got a glimpse of the "appropriate response." It said "Fuck you!"
LOKI- November 22, 2011 at 6:14 am
Are you fucking kidding me with this bullshit!? A mediocre interviewer interviewing a mediocre interviewer for 20 minutes about a poorly conducted interview. This is as bad as awards shows where award shows get awards. Ugh.
The internets have officially run out of shit to talk about.
RSparrow- November 22, 2011 at 1:02 am
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Todd M- November 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Canadien Shit Stirrer meets American Shit Stirrer, glad that they could keep each other in the headlines.
Mike Russell- November 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Dana was saying, "check out his make-up."
RSparrow- November 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Sonnen acting like he was falling asleep was hilarious, I can watch that shit over and over. What was Dana mouthing to the camera man before the interview with Lansberg?
gargolito- November 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Wow, somebody managed to out-douche Sonnen, that's pretty impresive.
jfjjfjff- November 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm
21 minutes? god, who even cares?
Fatty McDickbutts- November 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm
No Michael, he wasn't kidding - you're a douchebag and his reaction was completely justified.

That's all that needs to be said. Gus Johnson's wingman doesn't deserve any attention.
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