Chicago MMA Interview with Chael Sonnen

Posted by Matt Giancarlo on January - 2 - 2012 with Comments Off on Chicago MMA Interview with Chael Sonnen

With the UFC’s return to Fox here in the city of Chicago, the co-main event will be a bout among two Middleweight standouts Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz.  I, Matt Giancarlo conducted an interview with the one and only Chael Sonnen.  This interview may seem vanilla, however I wanted to break the recent trend of trying to get Chael Sonnen riled up and angry, along with asking the same Anderson Silva related questions over and over again.  Rather, I tried to stay serious (for the most part) and let the fans examine Chael’s career and road to the #1 contendership fight.  So with all that being said, here’s a Chael Sonnen interview under a different light.  Serious faces on, go:

This isn’t a question, but   just putting it out there: If you remember, the first and only UFC event in   Chicago was in 2008 where Anderson Silva basically ruined the event by dancing   away from Patrick Cote to the point where Cote blew out his own knee, so I just want to thank you for accepting the fight here in Chicago to give some redemption. 

My pleasure.

According to Munoz, he   defeated you in a wrestling match back in college.  Despite the result of that match, do you see a gap between skill levels among the two of you   regarding overall fight skills?   
  • No, he is a solid competitor.  He won the match, but I don’t concede  that he is a better wrestler. He had his style that he excelled in and won a   National title, and I had my style, where I was National Champion.  I   don’t mind competing with Mark. Anderson ducked both of us. I destroyed  Anderson in a match, Mark whipped him in practice each day for 2 months.   Anderson put this fight together to eliminate one of us. I’m fine with the bout, just bothered that Andy got his way.
You’ve been training with several world class fighters at Team Quest, including a former opponent of  both yours and Munoz’s by the name of Yushin Okami.  How does Okami help prepare you for Mark Munoz?
  • Yushin is the best man. Just got done working out with him. He is a great partner and a blessing for our team.
Aside from yourself, which fighter in the Middleweight division would you say has had the toughest road to get to where they’re at now?
  • All the veterans in the UFC had the “hard road.” It was a different sport when we started, a different industry.  The amount of opportunity out there now has changed things and made it better for new guys.
Which would you consider to be your toughest fight since your return to the UFC in 2009?
  • Okami.
As nearly all fans know, you consider yourself to be the true UFC Middleweight champion due to a dominating fight with Anderson Silva. On that note, is there anything else that you   feel the need to accomplish with the UFC?
  • I’m just getting warmed up.  I can beat anybody out there, but they can beat me too. Got to be sharp, got to be ready at all times.
From 1993 until January 2012, who in your opinion is the greatest fighter of all time?
  • No question, Randy Couture. Multiple time champion in multiple weight classes.  I think Dan Henderson needs to be looked at too. He has won   many titles, in many weights, and many different organizations.
Excluding coaches and teammates, which fighter would you consider to be your biggest influence in the sport?
  • I can’t exclude team and coaches, because that is all I have.  Lindland, Couture, Henderson.
Talking non-Zuffa fights here, which was your most memorable battle and why?
  • I’m going to decline to answer. It was a loss, it was a turning point,   and put me at a cross road.  I had to leave the sport, or pick things up.   I made changes and turned the heat on full blast.
(And now for the silly question)
And last but not  least, would it surprise you if Ed Soares tried to play the “famous manager” role so much that he came out to the cage with Anderson   Silva with a megaphone in his hand and Anderson airbrushed on his jacket like Jimmy Hart?
  • Man, Ed is great at his job, really is. He drives me nuts because of the way he has been injected into the industry, but what is he suppose to do? When you represent guys that refuse to speak to the public, you have to talk for  ’em. Good for Ed.



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