Sonnen: TUF tougher than the Olympics


During Thursday's media conference call, Chael P. Sonnen offered his perspective on The Ultimate Fighter. He will appear as a coach opposite Jon Jones next season.

"The show is coming up, it's on FX and it's coming to a living room near you. I would also like to mention to the media, and I really hope they report this, this show is the single biggest and toughest tournament that we have in this sport.

"This isn't a four-man tournament that gets spread over the course of a year. This is a 32-man tournament that will take place over five and a half weeks and to be aired over 10 of the most successful ratings FX has ever seen.

"This is a tournament that is tougher than the Olympic games, it's tougher than the NFL playoffs, it's tougher than any tournament in sports and that storyline constantly gets missed. This is no more reality TV than the NFL playoffs or the Olympics were. It's real and it's on TV.

"The bottom line is, this is a tournament. This is a tournament so tough that great fighters like Josh Koscheck, Gray Maynard, Stephan Bonnar and Chris Leben couldn't even win it. It's so tough, that world champions Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans came through it. I happen to know the talent that has been selected for this show, this will put all of those seasons to shame and there is a world champion, if not more than one, that's in these young men.

"Write this down, the toughest tournament in mixed martial arts is coming to FX."

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burner22 site profile image  

11/2/12 9:56 PM by burner22

Like almost everything chael says, there is some truth, and a big helping of hyperbole, in what he says

IGOTBELCHED site profile image  

11/2/12 9:06 PM by IGOTBELCHED

Currently in the UFC was what I was saying, so as far as wrestling is concerned just Hendo. Shalorus was never even close to being in the olympics.

Ktaco site profile image  

10/20/12 8:12 AM by Ktaco

Tougher to watch then the Olympics? Yes I agree.

Chulio site profile image  

10/20/12 8:05 AM by Chulio

I have been a fan since the local tough man bare fist competitions. I really liked Chael when he beat Paulo Filho but did not get the belt because Filho was overweight. I watched the first two seasons and now I just record the fights Everybody wants the sport to be more mainstream and be respected and the UFC spends tons of money promoting the sport. Now this statement will attract more potential fans.Then the new fan turns on the show and unless they are a Wrestling fan thinks it is all a joke.

NONURINAUMANA site profile image  

10/19/12 8:29 PM by NONURINAUMANA

Fart in my face dawg? Gold fucking medal brah.

PeterIrl site profile image  

10/19/12 8:15 PM by PeterIrl

I'm not arguing either way, I was just addressing a really REALLY dumb post.

NotImpressedByYourScreenName site profile image  

10/19/12 7:58 PM by NotImpressedByYourScreenName

Ask any of them if they think TUF is harder than the Olympics.I'm tipping I know the answer

PeterIrl site profile image  

10/19/12 7:42 PM by PeterIrl

Not one guy in the UFC ever qualified for the olympics?Dan HendersonHector LombardKamal ShalorusMark ColemanKevin JacksonMatt LindlandMark Shultz...

jjj2121 site profile image  

10/19/12 7:24 PM by jjj2121

Chael and Dana both appeal to the lowest common denominator hence the passionate bromance that has blossomed.