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Wednesday, 05/16/2012, 10:29 am

VIDEO | Three Hours With Chael Sonnen

When Chael Sonnen talks, people tend to listen. If you have a camera or a microphone and Chael Sonnen is in the room, you better hide it because he will do whatever he can to create more buzz about his upcoming fight, simply because that’s what he does best. Whether you love him or hate him, every time he has a media appearance he has the uncanny ability to make people want to pay to see him get dominated or walk away with the victory.

Chael Sonnen recently appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” and chatted away with the UFC commentator and stand-up comedian for almost three straight hours. While some may stay away form the podcast in fear of having to hear Chael Sonnen in character for three hours, it’s interesting to note that the Sonnen that showed up was not looking to increase the PPV buy-rate for his upcoming bout, nor did he cut any professional wrestling promos. Joe Rogan brought out the best of his interviewee, and Sonnen sounded like a real person. The interview between the two was very candid and addressed a number of serious topics (as well as a few silly ones) including how Chael Sonnen overcame the mental block that allowed him to be the trash talker he is today.

They approached the subject of what Chael Sonnen really would have thought went down if his rematch with Anderson Silva took place in Brazil in front of 80,000 to 100,000 screaming natives as originally planned, and Sonnen responded very honestly:

“It would’ve been a scene. I don’t think they could’ve controlled it. They swore that they could, they’d have presidential security there, they were planning on having the President of Brazil there, so they’d have their secret service. It’s like, ‘guys, you can’t do it.’ There was just a soccer game and 73 were trampled to death. You can’t control a crowd when they decide to storm, you just can’t. It’s displaced responsibility. You can’t control that, especially when I’m the main event. And the relevance to that is, it means the beer started pouring five hours earlier. So now your not only talking about an insightful crowd, you’re talking about a drunk crowd.”

Rogan continued on and asked him what he thought would have happened if Chael Sonnen beat Anderson Silva in his native country:

“I think it would have been very, very bad. And I would not have backed off one bit. Because I’m not gonna change; I’m gonna dance with the one that brought me. I’m going to be aggressive, I’m going to be in your face…I’m going to do my job as soon as Bruce Buffer gets out of my way. And I can’t change, I don’t know how to change. This is what I’m programmed to do. I hate to talk like one of those maniacs, ‘I’d have given my life blah blah blah,’ but Joe, I swear to you, hand to God, I’d have given my life to win that championship if I had to.”

“Let’s not forget, this isn’t tough guy talk. I signed the contract to go to Brazil to do the fight, and in my heart I thought, ‘I don’t know how this is gonna go.’ I made my mother promise she wouldn’t go. My mother doesn’t get it, she’s an older woman. She’s got a ruby or a diamond on every finger, you know, you don’t go into South America like that, let alone a fight. It was just one of those deals, but look, this is what I’m gonna do.”

Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva are set to headline UFC 148


21 Responses to “VIDEO | Three Hours With Chael Sonnen”

  1. Chartmonster says:

    A little late on the topic, but better late then never bc everybody needs to hear this podcast! Incredible from both guys Chael n rogan!

    My boy Prodigy found it first!

  2. James says:

    I listened to it last night. Very impressive. Made me hate Chael a little less.

  3. Adam says:

    Chael is an amazing guy, people who hate him just don’t know how to take a joke.

  4. Greg l says:

    Chael is going to kick Anderson’s ass!! Anderson is a joke avoiding people and fighting not top contenders!!

    • James says:

      Who did he avoid?

      • Gerald says:

        this was the dumbest comment ever. never has avoided anyone.

        • Dustin says:

          oh yea cause beating the GREAT chris leben will get you a title shot. or Triangling The great Travis Lutter to make every one think your P4P best in the world(dana said he was p4p best after that win) and decisioning the massively popular Thales Laties*sarcsim* makes you the KING. and oh my god we forgot about his great win over Patrick Cote.. all these guys got cut from the UFC. and the rest just suck. demian mia SUCKS. james irvin SUCKS, forest griffen SUCKS, rich franklin SUCKS

        • maurice says:

          u have got to be the dumbest person on this site. how about beating the shit out of and subbing hendo. how bout playing around with griffin. the guy who gives every single fighter fits. he subbed a bjj specialist in travis lutter. he outworked yushin fucking okami in the clinch and kept the fight on the feet. he sparred with patrick cote and maia. but the shots he hit them with finished way lesser men. he beat franklin when franklin was the fuckin dominate champ at mw. became the first man to break leben chin without breaking a sweat. dominated a prime nate marquardt. he made the 2nd best striker (belfort) in the mw division look like a absolute fool. everyone always said the only person that can beat anderson is a dominate wrestler with gnp. well we got that in sonnen. who spent nearly 25 mins on top of anderson, but was the one busted up, and the guy who anderson still managed to find a way to finish. crazy how u could just hate anderson so much u completly destroy and downgrade everything he’s accomplished in the last 6 fucking years. wat is he now 14 – 0 in the ufc? idk, could be 15 – 0, too many wins to remember..

        • Xaninho says:

          Damian Mia made Sonnen tap, but got annihilated by Silva…

          I don’t think you fully understand what’s going on around you, you might have braindamage.

    • Xaninho says:

      Hahah yeah! You’re right!

      That one chump he beat before Okami, what’s his name again? That dude was the worst man! That dude is a Can with a Capital C!

  5. Leo From New Jersey says:

    Silva has never avoided any opponent! Chael tapped, okami got ktfo, vitor got ktfo, maia got man handled, and the list goes on…. hmm thats all top 10 buddy so your comment is worthless!

  6. mike says:

    I wonder what Chael thinks of Rogan’s incessant cussing.

    • danielrchargers says:

      Absolutely nothing, im sure chael is good friends with Joe and good friends wouldn’t give a fuck about how there pal spices there sentences.

  7. Rogan and Chael 2012!!! If only we had people like these running for office.

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