Sonnen: Failure is always an option


The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 coach Chael Sonnen gave an inspirational speech regarding failure on the most recent episode of TUF 17. Sonnen's speech had many in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community talking and if you happened to miss it, a word-for-word transcription is available below:

"When doubt seeps in you got two roads you can take either road. You can go to the left or you can go to the right and believe me, they'll tell you failure is not an option. That is ridiculous. Failure is always an option. Failure is the most readily available option at all times, but it's a choice. You can choose to fail or you can choose to succeed. And if we can plant seeds and let him know, ‘Move your feet, keep your hands up, stay off the bottom.' That is the road to victory, or self-doubt and negative talk, and that is the road to failure. But failure is always there, and it's okay to recognize that. If I can leave you with anything today, in my long journey through this is, one, it's okay. Two, it's normal. And as athletes and especially as men, as male athletes we hate to admit weakness to ourselves, and when you're dealing with something and you got some kind of a hiccup, yeah, first thing is acknowledge it."

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JamesTheWelshDR site profile image  

2/15/13 4:44 PM by JamesTheWelshDR

When a troll attempt ends up in the troll getting owned

Maloverde site profile image  

2/15/13 3:28 PM by Maloverde

My initial comment had nothing to do with which fighters' name is the most popular.  I stated that he has done more for combat sports than most athletes, which I stand by. People may know Chuck, Anderson and Randy, but Chael DOES more for combat sports in my opinion.     

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2/15/13 1:49 PM by UGCTT_SidRival

One of u video gurus should take the audio from that and make a badass video. I know u can do it. Someone make it happen. Please and thank u. 

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

2/11/13 10:03 PM by ABE FROMAN

...and with all of that, he's still only known to MMA fans.    

GriffinQ site profile image  

2/11/13 9:45 PM by GriffinQ

You seem to be ignoring the part where Chael does a great deal for both wrestling and MMA at a grassroots levelRandy doesn't do that anymore. Chuck does it occasionally. I'm not sure if Anderson does stuff like that for BJJ or MT or MMA in Brazil, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did(much like the help JDS gives).But Chael coaches, promotes, competes, and advertises events constantly. He never stops

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2/11/13 7:48 PM by UGCTT_ForeverOwnedByFryedTakayama

What a sad existence to get joy out of "trolling" people on the Internet.Don't worry buddy, it'll get better

HexRei site profile image  

2/9/13 10:19 PM by HexRei

Hey, at least this kid has the balls to admit it :D

HexRei site profile image  

2/9/13 10:15 PM by HexRei

easier every goddamn time

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2/9/13 10:02 PM by Lurkdaddy316

Haters gonna hate. It's cool, we don't all have to like the same shit.

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2/9/13 8:45 PM by TexDeuce