Retired Pro Wrestler Superstar Billy Graham Commends Chael Sonnen's Promo Skills
Three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen and his magnificent microphone skills have blurred the lines between pro wrestling and mixed martial arts, something that hasn't gone unnoticed by one of his idols from the 70's.
Former World Wide Wrestling Federation (eventually World Wrestling Federation) Heavyweight Champion "Superstar" Billy Graham posted a YouTube video on Facebook Friday morning, comparing Sonnen's UFC on FOX 2 post-fight speech with a classic Graham promo.
"This is a clip of a young UFC fighter who uses my promos. Some of you folks may have seen it before but today was the first time for me. He does pretty good. Billy"
Here is the clip he posted, making it clear as day that "The American Gangster" was a fan of Graham's work during his heyday inside the ring.
Graham, like Sonnen, was known for his colorful interviews and larger-than-life personality.
Sonnen has recently toned down the pro wrestling schtick leading up this fight with former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua, calling his upcoming opponent a legend of the sport on several occasions, as noted by MMA Mania.
That fight appeared to be in jeopardy, despite UFC Fight Night 26 taking place at the TD Garden in Boston next Saturday, since Sonnen remained unlicensed as of yesterday afternoon.
However, the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, in a special meeting, voted unanimously to approve the newest member of the Reign Training Center's fighter license, per MMA Junkie.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Sonnen listed Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, CM Punk, The Junkyard Dog, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and popular 80's tag team Demolition as some of his favorite pro wrestlers.
So fight fans, how long before Graham accompanies Sonnen to the Octagon as part of an epic entrance right before a fight?
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