Run Chael, run!

Twitter reacts to Chael Sonnen's retirement

Chael Sonnen grew up on the mean streets of West Linn, Oregon, where he learned that while sticks, stones, and double-leg takedowns break bones, words hurt too. The former UFC title challenger and Bellator MMA athlete is now retired from fighting, but was famous for trash-talking opponents into a frenzy before fights.

For example …

Wanderlei [Silva], you are an immigrant from Brazil, I am a gangster from America,” he explained. “Are you sure you wanna play that game with me? Listen Wanderlei, I will do a home invasion on you. I will cut the power to your house and the next thing you’ll hear is me climbing up your stairs in a pair of night-vision goggles I bought in the back of Soldier of Fortune magazine. I’ll pick the lock to the master room door, take a picture of you in bed with the Nogueira brothers working on your jhoo-jeet-zhu. I’ll take said photograph, post it at, password … not required, username … not required. That, Wanderlei, is how you threaten someone. Dummy.”

Sonnen ran as the Republican candidate for the 37th district of the Oregon House of Representatives in 2010 but dropped out of the race over some real estate development bills. Now he’s trash-talking six-term United States Congressman from Oregon Kurt Schrader.

UG, with pre-fight trash-talk like this, is a run for the House of Representatives sure to follow? And if he does run, will he win?

Of course he’ll win, dummy.

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