It’s no surprise that people who don’t know UFC ask the difference between pro-wrestling and MMA. Both involve very large, intimidating men applying skilled fighting moves that would render the average person in the confines of their local ICU. In pro-wrestling, the fight isn’t nearly as important as the storyline and hype that gets you to that moment. In UFC, it’s about who is the better fighter, who trained harder, who wants the win more, and sometimes, who sees the right opportunity to put one on their opponent’s chin. UFC isn’t nearly about the hype and buildup, MMA fighters will wait to say what needs to be said when the bell rings.
Well… Most of the time…
Chael Sonnen is the exception to that rule. One of the greatest fighters in his division, Sonnen is one of those people that can make a fight interesting, no matter who he steps into the cage with. Not only can he talk the talk, Chael P. Sonnen can walk the walk.
Slated to have his second fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 148 in Las Vegas (quite possibly the most anticipated rematch in UFC history), and preparing for his new book, “The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment” to be released this week, and the name behind the babyfightgear.com signature “Like Father, Like Sonnen” shirt, Sonnen keeps his dance card pretty full, but always has a moment to share what’s on his mind, and remind everyone that he is the “Smartest Man in the UFC”.
There is never a dull moment with Chael, and I learned that first hand this week. Walking into an interview is not an issue for me. I’m a writer, it’s part of my job. The only thing I have to do is be prepared with questions in hand. What I wasn’t prepared for was Chael Sonnen’s answers, but I’m not sure that anyone is or could be. Needless to say, I did my best, and I walked away with only a few bumps and bruises. I did learn who controls an interview with the number one contender for the UFC Middleweight Title…
(It should be noted, due to scheduling conflicts the Q&A below was done over an email exchange, so while we would have loved to follow up on a couple of Chael answers, we unfortunately were unable – enjoy!)
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): What advice would you give to a blog writer, say for babyfightgear.com, that is mildly intimidated both mentally and physically by you, that is preparing to interview you? (Of course, I’m not referring to me. I’m an Eagle. I took this interview like Chael P. Sonnen would take a fight, but just to hypothetical interviewers, in general.)
Chael Sonnen: I would advise any neophyte interviewer who was intimidated to interview yours truly that I am a much nicer guy and I give better interviews if I am given five thousand dollars in cash a few minutes before they start asking questions.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): How is Mr. Danger Waffles holding up through all the training?
Chael Sonnen: That’s a boring question. That’s a little more advice for ya.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): Your new book, “The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment” is scheduled to be released on May 15th at Amazon.com. What should we expect while reading the next “Great American Masterpiece”?
Chael Sonnen: If it’s the “Great American Masterpiece” then I guess you should expect the book to be Mediocre and French.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): What is more fun for you, building up the fight, or actually fighting?
Chael Sonnen: Fighting the Buildup
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): A recent collaboration of interviews with UFC fighters on YouTube call for a Sonnen Victory in July. Is there anything you will do differently compared to the last time you fought Anderson Silva at UFC 117?
Chael Sonnen: Will be doing it in a different place at a different point in time. My next fight is currently in the future. My past fight is not only currently in the past, but in the future, it will still be in the past, just further into the past, or perhaps simply in ‘stasis’, with every other past event, more like a flat tapestry than a road stretching back into infinity.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): What will be your first meal with the title in your hand?
Chael Sonnen: Whatever is in Anderson Silva’s lunch-box
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): How do you feel about the fight being moved back a month (UFC 148), and relocated to Las Vegas?
Chael Sonnen: I will miss fighting in front of my millions of devoted fans in my second home, Brazil. But I will be counting on the good wishes of all my Brazilian fans, and will bring the belt down there as soon as I take it from that stumblebum phony Brazilian Anderson.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): When you were supposed to fight Silva in Brazil, did you think at some point there would have been a moment like Rocky 4, where everybody turns table and starts chanting “Sonnen! Sonnen!”? After you defeat Silva, did you plan on doing a speech similar to Rocky Balboa’s after beating Ivan Drago?
Chael Sonnen: Put that question in your “I wish I hadn’t asked that question because it made me look like a dope” file, and watch better films than “Rocky 4″. May I recommend “Drive”, “Valhalla Rising”, and “Jacob’s Ladder” over the next few days, bubbeleh?
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): It has been noted that your Mother (Claudia) said that she initially didn’t approve of fighting at all, and has since become a fight fan, but would rather see anyone else in the octagon besides you, and prefers not to watch you fight. Will Ms. Claudia Sonnen be watching her son’s title fight in July?
Chael Sonnen: I will ask my mother while we spar tonight. I’ll drop the ol’ coot with a body-shot so she has a few minutes to roll around on the floor thinkin’ up a smartass answer.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): You refer to yourself as “The Most Intelligent Man In the UFC”, is there anyone that comes close to you mentally?
Chael Sonnen: Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): Some of your quotes have become a staple in the UFC. For instance, “I’ll put Silva on his back faster than a porn star with a mortgage”. Are these statements ALL from the brilliant mind of Chael P. Sonnen, and ONLY you?
Chael Sonnen: Define “only” and “all”. And make it fast. I have a few books to finish writing; “Tropic of Cancer”, under one of my aliases, Henry Miller, “Gravity’s Rainbow”, as Thomas Pynchon, and “Moby Dick; or, The Whale”, as Herman Melville.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): It’s been said that Randy Couture, besides yourself, is your favorite fighter in UFC, and we know you never back away from a fight. Hypothetically speaking, we could see you and Randy in the octagon together, would you do it, and how would you go about promoting it?
Chael Sonnen: What exactly are you proposing we DO in the Octagon together? Fight? Or does it include your mom, a ball-gag, and a “safe” word? Cause then me and the Natch might be interested…
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): You’re not scared to fight any four people in the world. You’re not scared to say what is on your mind. You’re not even afraid to call a whole team of professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters out in public. Is there anything that scares you at all?
Chael Sonnen: Yes.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): We know you’re a Republican, and there is an upcoming election this year. In a true American’s opinion, what do you think Mitt Romney’s chances are in this race against incumbent President Barack Obama?
Chael Sonnen: Nixon/Goldwater 2012
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): Do you think that if you were ever interviewed by Barbara Walters, she would be able to draw out a more soft side of Chael Sonnen?
Chael Sonnen: Maybe Ol’ CP would draw out a more soft side of Baba Wawa, guy. Y’never know.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): I’ve seen you in interviews stating that you have never had a drop of alcohol. Your friend, (WWE wrestler) CM Punk claims the same thing, but makes his reasons known to the public. Other than keeping the temple in shape, is this just a personal conviction, or are you just waiting for your reign in professional sports to end before you crack that first beer?
Chael Sonnen: I don’t take liquor for many reasons. It makes the methadone on my tonsils curdle.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): You’re 35 years young. You’ve stated before that you don’t plan on fighting forever, just long enough to let everyone view the best. You’ve also said you don’t know what you’re going to do after your fighting career is over. Of the following list (made up by fans of Babyfightgear.com), which one would you lean more towards at this point? 1-Another Political Run, 2-WWE wrestler, 3-Filling in the gap that Jimmy Hart left when he slowed down from the WWE, 4-Fight Analyst/commentator for the UFC, 5-Radio/TV talk show host, 6-UFC Trainer
Chael Sonnen: 7) Javelin Catcher
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): If you did join the WWE as a pro wrestler, what would be your signature finishing move?
Chael Sonnen: I would continue to be an innovator by employing my finishing move at the beginning of my matches, then working backward to the end.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): What do you think about Brock Lesnar leaving the UFC, and going back to the WWE?
Chael Sonnen: I didn’t care about that coward when he was in the UFC. What makes you think I care about him, or what he does, now?
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): If you could clone yourself, what would your clone do while you were training? Would you ever trade places with him?
Chael Sonnen: My clone would be looking at your list of questions shaking his head in bored disgust.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): As you know, we promote the “Like Father, Like Sonnen” line of T-shirts here at babyfightgear.com. Is there a chance we’ll see a “Chael Jr.” sporting one someday?
Chael Sonnen: I am more certain that I will have a child than that you will remain in business, but both are less than guaranteed.
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): Who would win in a fight between Dana White and Joe Rogan?
Chael Sonnen: My clone and one of your t-shirts would beat them both in a “Texas Strap Tag-Team” match
Jimmy R. (BabyFightGear): At the end of the day, when the sun is setting on the life of Chael P. Sonnen, what do you want the world to remember?
Chael Sonnen: Not to let the sun set on Chael P. Sonnen. Donate your organs now so I have a “farm team” of body parts that I can replace indefinitely and torment bad fighters and boring writers for centuries to come.
Now leave $5,000 on the kitchen table and GET OUT!
Though you don’t need it, we here at babyfightgear.com wish you the best of luck against Anderson Silva at UFC 148, and we can’t wait until SonneNation sees you holding the title up in front of them for the first time.
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