Sonnen: I don't manufacture conflict

by Lance Pugmire | source:

Your persona might come off a bit as contrived to help bring attention. Where does it come from?

"I've always believed in answering questions honestly. There's a part of fighting I greatly believe in: it's called respect. I don't manufacture conflict. I'm not saying things to sell a fight. My job is to show up in short pants and a mouthpiece and punch the other guy in the face."

What does this fight — winning this belt — mean to you?

"It's a tremendous byproduct of years of hard work. I've never been invited to a party. Never had a drop of alcohol or a smoke. I was always at wrestling competitions on Saturdays. I never had friends. I had tunnel vision."

You put off the vibe of being the smartest guy in the room. Do you believe you are?

"I'm a published author ("The Voice of Reason: A VIP Pass to Enlightenment") and I left office the only way someone like me can: in handcuffs and disgrace. To call me anything but the smartest guy in the room, you better have Rhodes Scholars in there, and their letters have better been published."

What did you make of Silva's comments about you — calling you a criminal and discussing his violent intentions for you in the octagon on fight night?

"If you want to make it a morality play, I'll do it. In fact, I'll speak to him about it Saturday night while running my fist up his prissy little self for 25 minutes to see where he's at on that. I kind of expected it. You idiot, Anderson, we signed up for a fistfight. I've been looking for this fight for two years, so that kind of stuff doesn't work with me. Him talking like that? He's singing my song."

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7/2/12 9:09 PM by UGCTT_Benwahwah IsABenevolentGod


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7/2/12 8:36 PM by Tad Ghostal

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7/2/12 8:35 PM by Slowshot

Well, unless Sonnen wins.If Sonnen wins, and he can be reasonably marketed as the best guy in the world, his mouth suddenly becomes MUCH more valuable. Right now, he's a loudmouth punk. If he wins, he's a loudmouth champ, and THOSE are a valuable commodity.

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7/2/12 8:32 PM by Natsirt

Sonnen by decision

Ya Mon site profile image  

7/2/12 12:59 PM by Ya Mon

The truth

The Engineer site profile image  

7/2/12 12:58 PM by The Engineer

Sonnen via sub.

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7/2/12 12:16 PM by Dosantowned

Chael is a makebate.

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7/2/12 11:11 AM by MediumRAPE

The only way Fael wins this is if Anderson breaks his ribs again. unless Andy (Anderson Silva) promises nogiuera that he'll avenge his lost honor again. TRT Criminal fake WWE triangle loser.

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7/2/12 10:20 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

Chael wishes he were Stone Cold Steve Austin. So does Dana in terms of drawing money. But trashy fans still wear Austin 3:16 and Stone Cold could draw MEGA bucks to his form of entertainment. Sonnen couldn't cause a panicked crowd at your average mall, get noticed at the airport and he certainly doesn't sell merchandise, PPV buys or connect with the audience. Those in this MMA bubble think it's awesome. Those on the outside are still wishing Liddell and Lesnar were fighting. Sonnen has manufactured this card to possibly sell the most buys of any this year. But that will still pale in comparison to what the UFC was doing 2-3 years ago.

Zeke Dynasty site profile image  

7/2/12 9:10 AM by Zeke Dynasty

"I don't manufacture conflict, I just embezzle it" - fixed