Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
What do Chael Sonnen and Nick Diaz have in common?
No, it's not their ability to make fans care about their fights. It's that both have been granted title shots by talking trash.
At UFC 143, Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 49-46) to win the UFC interim welterweight title. Diaz then failed his post-fight drug test, testing positive for marijuana metabolite, which sidelined him for a year.
Despite the loss, suspension and a clear No. 1 contender in Johnny Hendricks, Diaz will face Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in 2013 because the champ "requested" the fight.
Sonnen? Well, after he came up short against Anderson Silva for a second time at UFC 148, he decided to test his mettle in the light heavyweight division. He planned on fighting Forrest Griffin at UFC 155, but when opportunity presented itself, Sonnen came calling.
He accepted a bout against Jon Jones on eight days notice in order to save UFC 151, but the champion decided he needed a full training camp. He continued to poke and pry until he was awarded not only a shot at the belt, but a full season of The Ultimate Fighter to hype it.
The UFC has always prided itself for their ability to put together meaningful fights. Allowing champions to pick and choose their opposition only cheapens their titles.