Sonnen: My dream fight? Cody McKenzie, no, it's Wand!


In a recent piece for SI/CNN, Jeff Wagenheim relates a moment in a recent interview with Chael Sonnen, in which Wagenheim's 10-year-old son got to ask Chael Sonnen a question. Son and father were on the way to a bluegrass festival with a work detour through Boston.

It is pure Chael.

"OK," Aaron said a bit shyly, looking down at his nearly empty lemonade bottle. Then he looked up at Chael and said, "OK, if weight was not an issue, and you could choose anyone, who would you want to fight?"

Sonnen leaned toward my boy and smiled. "I would want to fight the smallest guy with the worst record in the largest venue for the biggest paycheck," he said, eyes dancing. He was speaking slowly and deliberately in order to make sure every word was heard and understood. In other words, he was doing what he always does: connecting with his audience. "I would need a second to figure out who that fighter is. I would imagine it's Cody McKenzie." Chael sat back, then leaned forward again. "No, I know who it is. The worst guy under contract with the UFC is clearly Wanderlei. Wanderlei Silva, there's your answer."

Aaron stared ahead, blankly. I imagined that he was thinking, "Is that plastic figure I have in my room of Wanderlei Silva or Anderson Silva?"

Sonnen had a different idea of what was going through my boy's head. "I know what you're thinking," he said. "You're thinking, 'What about CroCop?' And you're right: CroCop was terrible. But I would probably fight Wanderlei."

I am not sure my kid knows who Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic is. But he was satisfied by the answer. He enjoyed it a lot, in fact, judging by the smile.

But Sonnen wasn't finished with him. He looked down by Aaron's feet, where the boy's black fiddle case sat. Becasue of the oppressive heat, we didn't dare leave the instrument in the car, with the tent and other camping supplies. "Now let me ask you a question," said Chael. "Can you play 'The Orange Blossom Special'?"

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Blitzkegel site profile image  

8/16/13 1:05 AM by Blitzkegel

This... he didn't seem at all phased by him in the car conversation; Chael wins this fight 8/10 times IMO by relevance and wrestling...

BshMstr site profile image  

8/15/13 11:42 PM by BshMstr

ahhh... yeah, i wasn't looking at his UFC fights prior to when he went to the WEC. i stand corrected.

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

8/15/13 11:30 PM by JustAnotherMMAFan

6-6:* LOSS - Jon Jones - UFC 159* LOSS - Anderson Silva - UFC 148* WIN - Michael Bisping - UFC on Fox 2* WIN - Brian Stann - UFC 136* LOSS - Anderson Silva - UFC 117* WIN - Nate Marquardt - UFC 109* WIN - Yushin Okami - UFC 104* WIN - Dan Miller - UFC 98* LOSS - Demian Maia - UFC 95* LOSS - Jeremy Horn - UFC 60* WIN - Trevor Prangley - UFC - Fight Night 4* LOSS - Renato Sobral - UFC 55

BshMstr site profile image  

8/15/13 11:11 PM by BshMstr

uhm, i think he's 5-4 (or 4-5).... not sure where you're looking at his record.....

JustTheTip site profile image  

8/15/13 10:48 PM by JustTheTip

Ya, owned him.

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

8/15/13 10:06 PM by JustAnotherMMAFan

Chael is 6-6 in the UFC, and could as well be 5-7, given he was defeated by Bisping.So, calling out other fighters based on their bad record is really joke in this case...

Joemacka site profile image  

8/15/13 9:55 PM by Joemacka

Thats crack up lol

Jack Skellington site profile image  

8/15/13 7:57 PM by Jack Skellington

ahahaha oh please!

ViciousCesar site profile image  

8/15/13 7:42 PM by ViciousCesar

For somebody that should be 1-4 in his last five fights he sure does talk a lot of shit. (Yes, I think Bisping should have got the nod from the judges.)

Carl Sonnen site profile image  

8/15/13 12:19 AM by Carl Sonnen

That was brutal, but Chael doesn't exactly win a lot either.