UFC on FOX 2 Results: Chael Sonnen Rips off Billy Graham in Post-Fight Interview
After a razor-thin unanimous decision victory over Michael Bisping in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 2, Chael Sonnen gave another interview that many fans felt should be reserved for the wrestling ring.
As color commentator Joe Rogan entered the cage to ask Sonnen's thoughts, the always outspoken middleweight had a colorful, and seemingly scripted, response (thanks to Bloody Elbow for the transcription):
Joe Rogan, tonight is not for questions for me, this is your night brother. I want to know how you feel being only inches away from greatness. I want you to tell everybody how it feels. Are you not mesmerized? Do you not have chills going up your spine for the first time on FOX for you to be here in Chael's Octagon on Chael's channel holding Chael's microphone interviewing Chael.
While you're thinking about that, remember this: When you're the greatest fighter in the world today, they've got a name for you. They don't call you a great fighter they call you Chael Sonnen! Beat me if you can.
A video of Sonnen's post-fight interview can be found here.
However, Bloody Elbow also points out that the reason that Uncle Chael sounded like a professional wrestler in this instance is because he was quoting one.
In a classic interview from August 27, 1975, "Superstar" Billy Graham cut a very similar interview with a very young Vince McMahon, who went on to become the Chairman and CEO of the WWE.
Graham's bodybuilder physique and outlandish personality influenced the likes of professional wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Scott Steiner, Jesse Ventura and Triple H.
The crowning achievement of "The Superstar" in the ring was when he won the then World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) Heavyweight Championship from Bruno Sammartino on April 30, 1977.
Whether or not this means Sonnen's act is getting old is up for debate, but whatever the case may be, the trash talking middleweight will get his rematch with Anderson Silva this June.
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