Chael Sonnen Channels His Inner David Stern As He Prepares for the Biggest Fight of His Life

June 28, 2012 – 9:15 am by Chris Fedor

Two years ago, Chael Sonnen gave Anderson Silva all he could handle and nearly beat him. Sonnen made one big mistake with two minutes to go in the fifth and final round and Silva made him pay for it. Since that time, Sonnen has dwelled on that loss and has been hoping and waiting for his shot at redemption. In nearly two weeks, Sonnen will get another shot at “the Spider” in one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history when Sonnen vs Silva II headlines UFC 148.

It hasn’t been easy for Sonnen though since his loss and he has dealt with numerous controversies. In 2011, Sonnen was convicted of money laundering, he abandoned a run for the state Legislature and was forced to serve a suspension after a failed drug test. When he was asked about these things in his interview back in his hometown, Sonnen was forced to end the interview early.

Chael Sonnen joined 750 the Game in Portland with John Canzano to talk about his upcoming fight against Anderson Silva and how long he has waited for it, what he thinks about Anderson Silva, whether he is going to change his style after his first fight against Silva, how many times he has watched the first fight against Silva, how tough it was for him to get a rematch and whether things of his past are now behind him.

On his upcoming fight against Anderson Silva:

“I like to say I’ve waited my whole life. I’ve been in sports forever and I’ve always tried to, if I wasn’t trying to be an Olympic Gold medalist, I was trying to be a World Champion so this is the opportunity and this guy specifically, we competed a couple of years ago so I’ve waited two years just for the opportunity so it’s really a life’s work that’s going to come down to five rounds.”

What he thinks about Anderson Silva:

“Yeah he’s just a person. You hear those things but they told us that about Mike Tyson too and what a wimp that guy turned out to be when he finally got some real competition. He’s kind of like the Mike Tyson of our era  where they say certain things but at the end of the day when they lock that cage door he’s not going to have a friend and he’s not going to have a two-by-four and I’m sure he could use either one when I get my hands on him.”

Whether he is going to alter his style following his fight against Silva:

“I’ve only got one style. I’ve only got one mindset to go in regardless of the opponent or what the circumstances are. My skills are my skills. I will bring those into the ring. I’m going to be on him and there’s going to be a fist fight I can tell you that.”

How many times he has watched the first fight against Silva:

“I’ve seen a little bit of it but it’s very hard for me to go back and watch competitions regardless of the outcome. I’ve always struggled to do that and I think it’s a flaw. I think I’d be better off if I could be disciplined and sit down and watched and tried to learn from it but it’s just not really part of my preparation. As far as the match goes I’ve spent two years working to get everything better, faster, stronger, meaner so there’s no area where I’m comfortable at but I am very confident in all areas.”

How much it would mean for his career to beat Silva:

“I have tunnel vision. I have a goal. I don’t think you can retire from a sport unless you win a world title. I think you just quit. I had to quit wrestling. I tried to win an Olympic medal and I couldn’t make the team so it hurts and that’s not a good feeling when you dedicate and sacrifice so I’m going to do everything I can to win but that’s capitalism. That’s the way it goes in all business. You succeed and you have a great path, if you don’t you don’t so I will control my own destiny and I will bring everything on the seventh.”

How tough it was for him to get the rematch against Silva:

“It was very hard to get the initial match. I’ve been calling this guy out for six years. They told us for years when I was growing up that Mike Tyson was the best in the world. The truth was he wasn’t even the best in the country. He never made a world or Olympic team and he could never beat Evander Holyfield who lived two states over. They just kept him away from him and lied to the entire planet and told them he was the best when he wasn’t. It’s a lot like that with Anderson. I’ve been telling him for six years I’m the best but he’s got to hold onto the championship. They kept putting obstacles in front of me and I kept having to go through them. That’s just the way it goes. I’m not complaining about that but that’s been my path to him and he ducked and dodged as best he could but he’s narrowed down now.”

Whether the stuff of his past is behind him:

“It’s all behind me. I’ve never been in any type of mortgage fraud I’m not sure where you just got that term from but every time I come on your show you make new things up. I guess it’s good. I just hope you’re not still beating your wife John. (Host: Come on. You didn’t plead guilty to any kind of crime?) Well sure but is that what you just said or did you specifically state a crime as you do every time I come on the show and say things that aren’t true and I’m saying I hope you still don’t beat your wife. (Host: I said you pled guilty to mortgage fraud.) Right and I said I hope you still don’t beat your wife and I was never even accused of mortgage fraud. (Host: What was it? Money laundering?) There you go. (Host: So it was money laundering in connection to a mortgage?) Now don’t you see the problem when I come on your show and you make things up. Don’t you see the problem when a hometown guy comes on? This is why I don’t like to do your show because you’re unprepared and you’re unprofessional. (Host: I’m looking right here at the research and I’m looking at the case.) You’re looking at the research? I guarantee you if I know what you’re looking at you did Google and I’m glad you said on the air that’s your level of research John. You’re about the most unprofessional guy there is. I hope you’re done beating your wife. Let’s just call the interview here because you’re wasting my time.”

Listen to Chael Sonnen on 750 the Game in Portland here

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  1. 20 Responses to “Chael Sonnen Channels His Inner David Stern As He Prepares for the Biggest Fight of His Life”

  2. Chael is gay and retarded

    By KKKiller on Jun 29, 2012

  3. Chael is gay and retarded kkkkkkkkkkk

    By kiko on Jun 29, 2012

  4. Fail Sonnen talks shit about Champions and Legends because he knows he’ll never become one. He’ll never be better than Second Place. Being Pretend Champ is as close as he’ll ever get.

    By KKKiller on Jun 29, 2012

  5. Chael isChael, a white collar crook and a cheat. He is so pathetic and self centered he always tries to put his crimes back on you and make you feel guilty for what he has done. Why has no one talked more about his T-Ratio being 11-1 or 12-1 the first time he fought Silva? It will be a different story if it goes to round 4 or 5 this time, I really believe Anderson will beat him up pretty bad then submit him again

    By Jimmy Boy on Jun 29, 2012

  6. Chale tells it like it is… Deal with it pussies.
    WAR SONNEN

    By Chael Rocks on Jun 30, 2012

  7. Chael Sonnen has mental issues. He fails to take responsibility for his actions and in his mind he is better than Silva, although he lost to him. He lost to him while on PED’s.

    I hope Silva really does break every bone in this guys body to where he can no longer fight again so he will quickly vanish from the sport and we no longer have to listen to him throw excuse after excuse at us to to try and keep his name relavent.

    By Matt on Jun 30, 2012

  8. Wrong again, Sonnen is one of the best self promoters ever. period. Hes one of the nicest guys ever on a good day. simply put, he has his regular side and his promoter side. and wether u want to see him get his skull cracked or u wanna see him whoop silva (again) youll buy the ppv. he wins either way. money in the bank.

    By mma man on Jun 30, 2012

  9. Tells it like it is?? Hokay buddy. Any one who believes a word this lying cheating crook says is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    By KKKiller on Jun 30, 2012

  10. I personally don’t care for the character and actions displayed by Mr. Sonnen. I think that is irrelevant, though. I personally don’t think hearing a documentary on Sonnen’s life is really the issue. A fight is a fight. If one of contestants disqualifies himself from the fight – so be it…..let the authorities deal with him. But if the UFC is letting him fight, let him fight the fight and stay out of the guy’s life. All the legal talk is just a digression.

    By muscle on Jul 1, 2012

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