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Chael Sonnen will go down in MMA history as one of the best smack talkers and fight promoters. He talked himself into two title fights against Anderson Silva. Then talked his way into a season of Ultimate Fighter and a title fight against Jon Jones. Even if we don’t appreciate Chael Sonnen for his talents in the cage. Fight fans definitely appreciate him for his entertaining press conferences that are often mixed with a little dose of honesty and a lot of sarcasm and humour.
In one of his most brilliant promotional lines, Chael Sonnen refers to himself as an American Gangster. As far as I know, Chael Sonnen is nothing close to what we would popularly stereotype as an American Gangster. Especially after the phenomenal movie with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen I, UFC 117, 7 August 2010
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen II, UFC 148, 7 July 2012
From 2006 to 2013, the UFC Middleweight division was dominated by one of the best MMA fighters of all time, Anderson “The Spider” Silva. He surgically and systematically destroyed every single opponent the UFC put in front of him, defending his Middleweight Title 10 successive times. He destroyed Rich Franklin with knees. He rained elbows down on Travis Lutter while having him in a triangle. He choked Dan Henderson out with a rear naked choke. He even danced his way to victory against Demian Maia. It got to a point where Anderson Silva and the Middleweight division started getting boring to watch. Anderson Silva made every single fighter in the division look like they didn’t have the talent and the training to compete.
Most of us know Chael Sonnen as the man who almost beat Anderson Silva in a jaw-dropping-and-stayed-dropped 5 round fight. More of us know Chael Sonnen as the brash and arrogant smack-talker who earns his fights more through talk than skill. But did you know Chael Sonnen is also an inspiring motivational speaker? Chael Sonnen may not be the best fighter in the UFC, but Chael Sonnen is my role model because of who he is and what he stands for…that is if you can see through the smoke and mirror arrogant persona he has built for the media.
I have derived encouragement, guidance, and inspiration from him and I hope you do as well. Click through to see clips of Chael Sonnen the Motivational Speaker.
Chael Sonnen The Motivational Speaker: Inspiring points to live by
- Never refuse to participate
- No intensity no victory
- If you have a goal, start working on it now
- Find your flow, once you do, there is nothing that can stop you
- Tackle a difficult situation one small visible step at a time
- Don’t do it for the fame, don’t do it for the money, do it for the accomplishment
- Don’t be defeated by your emotions. Remember your training