In comparison to the Sonnen supporters, the dissenters are in the minority. Albeit, those of the Oregon persuasion mostly hang off his every word. They do so, not because they’re gullible, but due to the fact he reeks of entertainment, and dare it be said, pokes fun at himself.
His latest quip regarding Thiago Silva’s submission loss to Martin Kampmann is one example.
There is nobody else more surprised that (Alves) tapped out, more than Martin Kampmann. I think Martin will tell you himself, he didn't have that choke. You have to be a real boob to get caught at the end of the fight like that.
Now that’s a comment coming from someone who was on the verge of capturing UFC gold, only to succumb to a triangle armbar submission in the dying minutes of the final frame.
The aftermath of the aforementioned event was even more hilarious.
In what parallel universe can you punch a man 300 times, he wraps his legs around your head for eight seconds and they declare him the winner? On the streets of West Linn, Oregon, if you lay on your back with your legs wrapped around a man’s head for eight seconds, that does not make you a winner. That makes…not a winner.
I doubt anyone with a humorous side believed for one minute Sonnen was actually being serious, more so the man who uttered those words.
Digressing for just a second—good or bad, Floyd Mayweather is boxing gold apropos the amount of attention he brings to the sweet science—there are hoards of fans that browse the Internet and other social media for just a glimpse of his latest outlandish comments.
The same appeal applies to Sonnen—“Money May” sells, and so does Uncle Chael.
Putting things into perspective—Sonnen has been linked to a number of infractions, ranging from money laundering, fraud to failing a drugs test.
Even with the aforesaid crimes hanging over his head, the self-proclaimed “American Gangster” is still lauded over.
Has he jumped the shark? Hell no.
That said, as long as the media and especially the fans buy into Sonnen the brand, he will continue to be relevant in MMA. And when they’ve had enough, he’ll be the first to know, and hopefully leave the stage while the ovation is loudest.
Until that time comes, and the echoes for his departure reverberate around City MMA, he’s here to stay and entertain the masses to the best of his Sonnen-esque abilities.
Food for thought:
“You are asking me why there is so much interest in my fighting Michael Bisping, all I can say is this—they always come out in their droves to watch me fight.”
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