Sonnen: I would never manufacture conflict


Chael Sonnen is arguably the best hype man the UFC has ever seen and such as basically talked himself into two world title fights. Sonnen is brash, up front, and a bit of a trash-talker, however according to him at least, he would never 'manufacture' conflict to hype a fight:

"I would never manufacture conflict. That's a very important statement. When I talk about big brothering guys, that's probably lesson number one: Do not hype a fight. If you have an issue, if you have a reason and it's sincere, feel free to speak about it. Do not make it up and don't just cut something for entertainment. Post-fight's a little bit different because then you're not selling anything. If you're just talking to a crowd, and tickets and pay-per-views aren't on the line, that's totally different. ... I don't like anything that's manufactured. If it's not real, I'm not buying it... I really just have one rule, and that is, if you don't mean it, don't say it.

There is an entertainment aspect for that, but that's not what we do here and I don't want to sell anybody anything that isn't real. I've bought it. I bought Mike Tyson versus Lennox Lewis and listened to Tyson apologize afterwards, say he didn't mean it. I go, ‘Well, then give me my money back. You've got to return my money. That was a lie. I bought this on a lie.'

I watched Josh Koscheck and [Georges] St. Pierre, and Josh Koscheck grabbed the mic and said [he] didn't mean it. Josh, you're a liar then. There's 11,000 fans that bought a ticket because they thought that they were going to see a dispute settled. ... It bothers me. It's insincere. I won't participate in it."

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MuchRespec' site profile image  

8/22/13 11:45 AM by MuchRespec'

Why do you think I'm 'hating' on the guy? I just don't buy his bullshit, it's schtick. Not just manufactured but scripted in advance. Believe it if you want, it makes you a mark but I'm cool with it.Why do I care who has the greater legacy? Because I'm a fight fan. Wands fights in the 2000s were fucking amazing, entertaining as hell, never stalled, always went for broke win or lose. Even when he headbutted and KO'd my coach at the time. He was legitimately one of the very best in the world in his prime and IMO that's worthy of respect. Sonnen is a second tier fighter. Period. It's been proven time and again that he just can't reach the top. That's not hate it's just facts. So yeah I agree he gets paydays talking shit because his skills aren't going to get him those fights. Again no hate, just pointing out the situation that exists. But you're not going to command the same level of respect for barking your way into a fight and then getting your ass kicked. I have no problem discussing Chael or any other fighter, that's what the UG is all about.But I don't know why he feels the need to pick on the blind (Braailians)! Bad form IMO.

Beaver x site profile image  

8/21/13 12:46 PM by Beaver x


Josheo site profile image  

8/21/13 12:17 PM by Josheo

This all coming from a guy who does nothing but manufacture conflict against blacks/Brazilians and race-bait his way to relevance. He's a middle-of-the-pack fighter who's biggest selling point is his ability to treat truth and illusion as one and the same. Yeah, let's all believe what he says. I'm sure he wouldn't lie.

Size site profile image  

8/21/13 8:51 AM by Size

Thanks for the history lesson, dick tree. I still believe that there's stuff from behind the scenes at play. You mad?

krash24 site profile image  

8/21/13 1:13 AM by krash24

So you admit that your statement was "just kidding", but you keep replying in this thread like you meant it. No wonder you are "perplexed" when you think of Chael. I hear man-crushes kind of just happen like that. Good for you.

ausgepicht site profile image  

8/21/13 12:48 AM by ausgepicht

100% bro! Especially the part about the Nogi Brothers and Braailians!

Rambo John J site profile image  

8/21/13 12:36 AM by Rambo John J

How would Chael do if all fighters used injected Testosterone.

gabemadrid site profile image  

8/21/13 12:33 AM by gabemadrid

He's basically trolling everyone as he's talked a lot of trash about Anderson and even Anderson acting angry at him only to invite him to his house for a BBQ right after the fight. Then chaels interview with Anderson on ufc tonight where he's praising him and jokingly asking for another fight. They're friends as far as I can tell. The same way many brazilians are fine with Chael knowing its a schtick.

UGCTT_ShanTheMan site profile image  

8/20/13 11:52 PM by UGCTT_ShanTheMan

He claimed he couldn't understand him and just nodded in agreement. That is a bit plausible in ol shansky's opinion. I love me some Wand, but he is kind of hard to understand sometimes.

MRXC site profile image  

8/20/13 11:51 PM by MRXC

I do enjoy listening to him. I'm not gonna lie. He also came across as a genuinely good coach and caring guy on TUF. He leaves me in a very perplexed place when it comes to my judgment on him.I might be easily persuaded if I spoke to him. He see's like a very intelligent guy.