Chael Sonnen's unique gift of gab has turned him into one of the more intriguing fighters on the current UFC landscape.
It also helped turn him into the number one contender for Anderson Silva's middleweight belt. Sonnen won't let Silva's vaunted reputation as the best fighter in the world deter him from speaking his mind, and he's been doing just that for months now. In August, he'll finally get his shot at Silva's title.
Sonnen took part in a live UFC video chat last weekend to talk about Silva's last performance at UFC 112 and his August bout with the middleweight champ. Here's a few select quotes to tide you over:
“I was grateful, I ran out of Nyquil, I watched that fight, I went fast asleep I didn’t even have to sit through all 25 minutes of it. So I was grateful. You know who should really thank him is Matt Hughes. Matt Hughes put his hands down more times than a professional athlete has ever done in a fight, truly. Matt Hughes throws a jab, drops his hands. Backs up, drops his hands. Moves left, drops his hands. Moves right, drops his hands. Matt Hughes should be thanking Anderson, ‘Hey look, I did horrible tonight, you just took the weight off me, thanks bro.’” So you were not impressed with Hughes and his performance against Gracie? “Who was? Of course not. You probably forget he was on the card until I reminded you.”
"He's a grown man with earrings. He's a grown man with saggy pants, pink t-shirts and crooked hats. Go join a gang, don't get in the UFC.
"People don't care about him. He came out and said he's gonna go heavyweight, no one cared. So he comes out and says well 'I'm gonna go light heavyweight,' no one cared. 'Well I'm gonna retire.' Good! Beat it, this is back page news, no one cares about you anyway. 'Well I'm not gonna retire I'm gonna stick around.' Or do that. Again, it doesn't really matter, you're a nuisance. So who cares, they go make the little action figures and the two little kids that bought em, are probably pretty upset, their parents probably thought it was Quinton Jackson when they bought it for them and the kids had a disappointing Christmas I would imagine."