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2/8/13 7:48 PM
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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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2/8/13 7:49 PM
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In before Lazer MMA accuses Chael of ducking someone. Phone Post
2/8/13 7:51 PM
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chael has a lot of experience with failure so he knows what he's talking about
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"If I can leave you with anything today, in my long journey through this is, one, it's okay."

That was awesome. He is really one hell of a coach. I was talking to a couple buddies who before the series just thought he was an arrogant loudmouth, and they both begrudgingly gave him a lot of respect after this last episode. Phone Post
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NavyCorpsman - "If I can leave you with anything today, in my long journey through this is, one, it's okay."

That was awesome. He is really one hell of a coach. I was talking to a couple buddies who before the series just thought he was an arrogant loudmouth, and they both begrudgingly gave him a lot of respect after this last episode. Phone Post
I would say he is one of if not the best coaches to go through TUF. From what I've seen so far Phone Post
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HexRei - chael has a lot of experience with failure so he knows what he's talking about
You sound like a bitter douche Phone Post
2/8/13 8:00 PM
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HexRei - chael has a lot of experience with failure so he knows what he's talking about
You sound like a bitter douche Phone Post

Oooh, sounds like you're the bitter one. Hit a nerve did I?
2/8/13 8:04 PM
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Awesome speech and great words. The part about failure can pertain to anything in life making it a very motivational quote. Phone Post
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NavyCorpsman - "If I can leave you with anything today, in my long journey through this is, one, it's okay."

That was awesome. He is really one hell of a coach. I was talking to a couple buddies who before the series just thought he was an arrogant loudmouth, and they both begrudgingly gave him a lot of respect after this last episode. Phone Post
Had the same convo with a good friend of mine on Wed. Need to show him this. Loved his American Gansta interview also. He's awesome for the MMA sport. Phone Post
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HexRei - chael has a lot of experience with failure so he knows what he's talking about
You sound like a bitter douche Phone Post

Oooh, sounds like you're the bitter one. Hit a nerve did I?
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Yep I hated him after the brazilian kid comments...but I never denied he has guts. Hated his mouth but what a tuff dude to force fights with the best fighters on Earth. Its not like he's bullying lesser men or something.

But listening to him in almost every other situation when he's not hyping a fight and he is super respectful and is a very attentive listener. I'm a fan now but still really wish he hadnt done that brazilian press conference. Went over the line on that stuff. I appreciate what I'm learning from him right now.
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This video was great! So was his appearance on the Rogan podcast. He comes across as very sincere and I'd imagine would make a great coach to train under.

I'm not really a big fan of his WWE style antics but it seems to work for him so what do I know.
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His speech on intensity at a kids wrestling camp was pretty cool too Phone Post
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i think chael misunderstood the whole meaning behind "failure is not an option."  that's not a factual statement it's more an affirmation.  everyone knows it's an option, they're just saying "don't even let your mind entertain the thought otherwise you may succumb to it"

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HexRei - chael has a lot of experience with failure so he knows what he's talking about
One of the best fighters in the world who's made a fuckton of money,has a hot girlfriend and was a top level wrestler is a failure?

Why don't you tell the UG how much a of success you are to call Chael a failure. Phone Post
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beastrosoup - His speech on intensity at a kids wrestling camp was pretty cool too Phone Post
The one about always one upping people? He smacks you, you smack him back harder, he punches you, you kick him, etc?

Fantastic speech Phone Post
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goddamn you faelfans are easy to bait, lol
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I have been on a roller coaster of emotion over the last couple of years to arrive here, but I'm a Sonnen fan. The failure speech was some motivational poster shit. Phone Post
2/8/13 9:02 PM
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Chael is already top 5 in coaches in TUF history.

 

Might be the best if he keeps his head about him when and if his team loses

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HexRei - chael has a lot of experience with failure so he knows what he's talking about
You sound like a bitter douche Phone Post

Oooh, sounds like you're the bitter one. Hit a nerve did I?

I think Sonnen struck a nerve with you, actually.

He's coaching this show, his guys are tearing it up, he earned himself title shots in 2 divisions, he's probably swimming in money right now, he has a smoking hot girlfriend that he just picked up off the street like it was nothing, he's a business owner, the list goes on.

And all you can do is bitch about him like a jilted friggin woman.

BAHAHAHAHA

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Great quote.

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