Oh Mr. Sonnen, how you entertain—and annoy—us all.
Chael Sonnen has the ability to invoke extreme reactions, both positive and negative, from MMA fans every time his mouth is behind a microphone or his face is in front of a camera. It doesn't matter who or what he is talking about; if he speaks, people are going to be talking about it.
Sonnen's brashness came to its peak during the buildup to his fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117, and it has not came down since. Today, the "Oregon Gangster" is still going strong and talking smack about anybody he feels like.
Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the fact that Sonnen is a quote machine.
In this interview Sonnen did with fighthubtv.com, he claims Anderson Silva asked him for mercy during their bout at UFC 117.
Also during the interview, Sonnen also had some choice words for the other fighters in the middleweight division. Never one to squander an opportunity, Chael also had to pump himself up.
In the now-infamous interview Sonnen did with Jim Rome just days before his fight with Anderson Silva, Chael used some very interesting terms to describe the reigning middleweight champion.
Toward the end of the interview, Rome asked Sonnen about the statements he made about Lance Armstrong. Odds are you know what he said, but if you don't, you have to hear it. It is politics at its finest.
In this promo Sonnen cut for Zappos.com, he gave his brief thoughts on Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre.
In addition to that, he also created a new term for great fighters. Or if you live in Sonnen's world, he created a new term for the only great fighter on the planet.
During this appearance sometime after UFC 117, Sonnen made the best of his time behind the microphone to take a few cheap shots at former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Nothing was held back, including Lesnar's questionable chest tattoo.
Sonnen then gave the fans in attendance the pleasure of hearing the first stanza of his poem about Anderson Silva. Does anyone know if he ever finished the poem?
While in Austin, Texas, Sonnen took the mic for a question-and-answer session.
Heavy.com was on the scene and made a highlight video of his best quotes. There are too many to list.
I know what you're thinking after the first five videos, and the answer is, yes—Chael only owns one t-shirt.
At another question-and-answer session before UFC 115, Heavy.com was once again on the scene to get footage of Sonnen at the top of his game.
The trend continues, as most of his rant is about Anderson Silva. And if you have ever wondered what his thoughts are about Silva's black belt credentials, look no further than this video.
Before UFC 114, FIGHT! Magazine and Bleacher Report's Danny Acosta caught up with Senior Chael to get his thoughts about Anderson Silva and the current state (at the time) of the UFC light heavyweight division.
To once again prove nobody is safe from the wrath of Sonnen, he told Acosta exactly what he would do if he were to beat Anderson Silva. Did anyone else get deja-vu while he was telling Danny about his plan to get a raise?
Just a couple weeks ago, Ariel Helwani caught up with Sonnen at UFC 132 after Chris Leben's knockout victory against Wanderlei Silva.
If you have ever wanted to hear Sonnen kick someone while they are down, you have to check this out. If you are wondering why he was kicking Silva so hard, continuing reading—or watching, whatever.
After having his suspension shortened from 12 to six months, Sonnen appeared on ESPN's MMA Live to discuss his future.
Among other things, Sonnen told the world who he wanted to fight in his comeback to the Octagon. The saddest part of his statement is that he's probably right.
If you have the time to watch this 20-minute interview Sonnen did with Ariel Helwani two weeks ago, you must do it. This is possibly Sonnen's best work to date.
Keep it gangsta, ya'll.