Chael Sonnen: Boxing is a ‘phony sport’

Chael Sonnen may be a big talker who runs his mouth for attention, but he also cuts through the b.s. sometimes and gets straight to the truth.

During an interview with the LA Times, Sonnen was asked how he can have so many losses and still be a title contender. His answer outlined a stark contrast between boxing and MMA.

“If I was a bully or a coward, I could’ve been undefeated,” Sonnen explained. “I fought the No. 1 guy in the world six times. I’ve fought 14 guys in the top 10, and beat 12 of them. If you want to take an easy path, you can. They do that in boxing, which is a phony sport, because they keep the best guys away from each other. I’m not a bully who picks on people I know I can beat, like Anderson [Silva] has done.”

Sonnen is 27-11-1, which would be pretty bad if he were in boxing. In MMA, he’s a title contender and one of the best middleweights. Part of the reason is because he’s improved over time. From 2003-2004, he lost six fights, but he’s gone 15-5 since.

But he also hit on the big difference between boxing and fighting in the UFC.

In boxing, promoters set fighters up against weak competition to build their record. A fighter who’s lost more than twice in his first 25 bouts isn’t worth much. And then you get guys like Floyd Mayweather who maintain a perfect record and then avoid the best competition in order to preserve it. Boxing records really are phony in that regard.

In the UFC, Dana White is the matchmaker and constantly pits the best fighters against each other. He operates it as a challenge ladder system where fighters most closely ranked face each other, and the loser moves up in rankings. Once you’re at the top, you’re constantly facing a round robin of the best competition. It’s like tennis tournaments where only Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and David Ferrer and some of the other top players face each other each week without facing the inferior competiont. Of course those guys would be losing more frequently because they’d only be playing the best players.

The only way to make it through that type of gauntlet undefeated is to be an absolute master like Anderson Silva, or to be overmatched against your competition like Jon Jones (who needs to move up to heavyweight).

Chael Sonnen hangs up on radio host after money laundering questions (Audio)

Chael Sonnen hung up on a radio host on Wednesday after growing upset with the questions he was being asked.

The loquacious fighter joined John Canzano on 750 The Game in Portland and talked mostly about his upcoming fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 148. As soon as Canzano began asking Sonnen about his controversies of the past few years — namely a guilty plea to a money laundering charge and a suspension for elevated levels of testosterone — Sonnen grew irritated and eventually hung up.

He became particularly incensed when Canzano termed Sonnen’s plea as one for mortgage fraud, when it was a plea for money laundering related to mortgage fraud. That was enough to set Sonnen off, and he dropped the infamous David Stern “have you stopped beating your wife” line on Canzano.

Even if Canzano was technically wrong with what he was saying, it was clear that Sonnen began going off the rails when he was pressed about those issues.

For someone who loves to dish it, he becomes quite uncomfortable when he takes it.

Audio of the exchange leading to the hang up is below. You can listen to the full interview here.

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Anderson Silva goes off on Chael Sonnen: ‘I’m going to beat his ass like he’s never been beaten before’ (Audio)

Chael Sonnen is the biggest trash talker in MMA, and probably the biggest in all of sports. Sometimes his smack is done in jest, or to hype a fight, and other times probably because that’s just who he is.

Anderson Silva has obviously heard enough from Sonnen over the past few years, and he absolutely let loose on the man he’ll be facing in a rematch at UFC 148 on July 7.

Responding to a question during a media conference call on Monday, Silva went off.

“First of all, Chael is a criminal,” Silva said, according to a translator, per MMA Fighting. “He’s been convicted of crimes. He doesn’t deserve to be inside of the octagon. When the time comes and the time is right, I’m going to break his face and break every one of the teeth in his mouth.”

Silva was just getting warmed up.

“What I’m going to do inside the octagon is something that’s going to change the image of the sport,” he said. “I’m going to beat his ass like he’s never been beaten before. I’m going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broken, his legs are broken. He’s not going to be able to walk out of the octagon by himself. I can guarantee that.”

According to MMA Fighting, some Brazilian outlets say Silva’s translator softened what he said. If that’s the case, I don’t want to know what his real words were.

That amazing thing is that Sonnen didn’t even miss a beat when asked for a reaction, calling Silva an “amateur.”

It’s pretty obvious that Silva hates Sonnen because this was out of character. The only thing is I doubt Sonnen holds to his promise to leave the UFC if he loses.

Audio of the conference call is below:

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Chael Sonnen Mocks Arianny Celeste’s IQ

UFC fighter Chael Sonnen easily has one of the wackiest personalities in MMA. He doesn’t hold back when challenging opposing fighters, and he gets completely goofy in interviews like this one with TSN Canada. It’s that type of behavior that helped him become the host of the World MMA Awards that will air Wednesday.

In an interview with Las Vegas Weekly published Friday, Sonnen answered several questions regarding the awards show. This is the one that caused the fireworks:

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Chael Sonnen is a Complete D-Bag in TSN Canada Interview (Video)

Depending on what you look for in an interview with an MMA fighter, this could either be the worst interview you’ve ever seen or the best 10 minutes of television you’ll watch this year. Chael Sonnen, who last month called out Anderson Silva and demanded a rematch after defeating Brian Stann, recently appeared on TSN in Canada. Sonnen was not compensated for his interview with Off the Record host Michael Landsberg — as you’ll see — but that doesn’t make the interview any less entertaining.  Simply put, Sonnen just refuses to cooperate with anything Landsberg said or asked.  The video is long but trust me, it’s very difficult to turn off when you’re wondering what Sonnen could possibly say next.  Check out this Chael Sonnen TSN interview that Awful Announcing and Fight Opinion passed along:

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Chael Sonnen Challenges Anderson Silva, Says He’ll Leave UFC if He Loses

Fighting in the UFC for the first time since losing to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 last August, a fight where he contested Silva but later tested positive for performance-enhancers, Chael Sonnen worked Brian Stann before submitting him with an arm triangle choke in the second round. Sonnen’s work in the octagon was impressive, but it was his post-fight interview that provided the most entertainment.

Asked by Joe Rogan how happy he was with his performance, Sonnen turned his attention to Anderson Silva, who was in the audience.

“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck!” Sonnen declared. “Super Bowl weekend, the biggest rematch in the history of the business.

“I’m calling you out Silva,” he said “but we’re upping the stakes.

“I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC forever.”

Nobody actually believes that Sonnen will leave the UFC if he loses. The man will say just about anything in the name of publicity. But that doesn’t make his post-fight speech any less entertaining.

There are very few fighters who pose a challenge to Anderson Silva, and Chael Sonnen is one of them. It’s a fight fans want to see again, and the urgency for a rematch has been expedited after Sonnen’s call out.

He may be brash, quirky, and a cheat, but he has a style that makes Silva uncomfortable. I’m ready for a rematch, as I’m sure you are.

Chael Sonnen Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering, Fined, Put on Probation

Many MMA fans will undoubtedly be satisfied upon learning the news that good old Chael Sonnen pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering. Sonnen, who battled Anderson Silva for five rounds before losing by submission late and then later tested positive for using performance enhancers, has more embarrassment to endure. In addition to the current suspension he’s serving from fighting, Sonnen also has been fined and placed on probation for his plea.

Sonnen was actually running for the Oregon House of Representatives but dropped out because of a legal issue, and now we know all about it. Sonnen, who doubles as a makeshift real estate agent when he’s not pissing fans and fighters off, arranged a sale where buyers would be funneled $65,000 from the title company under the guise of plumbing problems.

So in addition to being unable to cover up a urine trail, we now know that Sonnen is incapable of covering up a paper trail. Suspended and on probation seems to be the perfect combination for the kid.