There are coaches for all aspects of mixed tiatial arts. You have head coaches that bring everything together and others that help on a specific discipline such as wrestling, striking, or jiu-jitsu. Then, for some athletes, they also hire a mental coach to help them through their mental blocks or issues that can hold back an athlete from their full potential. Georges St-Pierre and Vitor Belfort are examples of some of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts that have worked with a mental coach during their careers.
Now, with the sport being highlighted by promotional beasts such as Conor McGregor, could fighters use a promotional coach to hype themselves up and build more fan interest?
Chael Sonnen, one of the greatest talkers in the game recently spoke about Demetrious Johnson’s historic win that took place over the weekend at UFC 216. Johnson set a new record, surpassing Anderson Silva for the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history with his 11th. Johnson threw in some flare with the win, submitting his opponent Ray Borg in the fifth and final round with a seemingly out of this world armbar submission. Despite the historic moment and spectacular finish, Sonnen said “Mighty Mouse” could have captivated more of an audience if he just planned his Octagon speech better.
Check out how Chael Sonnen would have done it if he were in Demetrious Johnson’s shoes in the video above.
What do you think of Chael Sonnen’s advice to Demetrious Johnson? Let’s discuss this in the comment section.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/10/2017.