Sonnen: Don’t bring up God
Chael Sonnen is one of MMA’s most talked about athletes, and maybe because he’s also one of MMA’s most vocal. Sonnen recently sat for exclusively interview with MMAMania.com and discussed how he promotes fights and has advice for his peers:
Borchardt: Based on what your saying here, one thing I’ve noticed as a fan myself over the years is that when fighters show a genuine emotion, it allows fans to emotionally invest in that fighter. I think that’s what a lot of people miss out on with those canned answers.
Sonnen: It’s obvious. It’s very obvious when they do that.
Borchardt: Where does that attitude come from in MMA? Is it something to do with the martial arts mentality or the mentality from amateur wrestling?
Sonnen: I think that what you’ve just guessed is certainly a part of it. Somewhere one of the, as they like to call them “the pioneers” — which simply means the old guys — somebody started that phenomenon about “this is how we answer things, and this is about testing our skills” and all of that crap. The domino effect happened and 20 years later here we are still doing that. I don’t get it, I don’t like it.
We’re not in class. You don’t have to give the teacher the answer that you think the teacher wants to hear. We can have an open debate, we can have an open discussion. Just be yourself.
Every now and then in this industry you’re going to run into a Shane Carwin, that just turns out he’s a really nice person. But, those guys are few and far between, man.
These guys are fist fighting in a steel cage for a paycheck and the applause of a drunken audience. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not.
And don’t bring up God. As a devout Catholic I’m tremendously offended when somebody acts as though God is playing a hand in a fistfight on Saturday night. Newsflash people: God has better things to do.