Chael Sonnen’s mouth should be given the Pulitzer Prize, because never before have sequences of words achieved such spectacular results.
Three years ago, Sonnen was just some guy you had seen fight that one time against that other guy. He was good, but very unspectacular and extremely forgettable. Then he went on a nice little run, beating Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami, and he started opening his big mouth. He hasn’t closed it since.
Sonnen has lost 12 times, including three to journeyman extraordinaire Jeremy Horn, and has never won a major title of any kind. Yet, incredibly, he has a large legion of groupies believing he is one of the best fighters of all time.
The guy is such a remarkably gifted talker that when he said he once saw the Nogueira brothers trying to feed a bus a carrot, you sort of believed him. You have to consciously remind yourself that practically nothing that comes out of his mouth is true.
Amongst other things, Sonnen has said he is the best fighter in the world (not true), Anderson Silva dodged him for three years (not true), receiving a black belt from the Nogueira brothers is like getting a toy in a Happy Meal (not true), and most recently, after the UFC 151/Jon Jones debacle, that he was the greatest icon this sport has ever seen and its highest paid star (um, really?).
He even blatantly, yet still very convincingly, lied to Dan LeBatard on ESPN about never saying that after he beat Silva he was going to waltz into his house, smack his wife on the butt and tell her to make him a steak.
That being said, Sonnen's standing as a very solid fighter in this sport is cemented, and his willingness to step in and fight Jones on eight days notice is so ballsy even Superman blushed when he heard it. This guy would fight a lightning bolt on a rainy day.
But the fact that a 27-12 middleweight was even asked to step in and fight against, inarguably, the most talented fighter in the world who should be fighting at heavyweight, is even more testament to how insanely over-hyped he is.
In three years he went from just some guy to an ESPN regular who gets the call when pound for pound stalwarts need a fight. Actually, with a mouth like his, it's amazing it even took that long.