Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher
I think an athlete who has managed to make it to the top teir of his sports and become a major figure head for the orgnization through his PR and media savy is a step above network created and forced upon the masses 'fake' reality tv entertainers.
Do you honestly think Honey Boo Boo or Phat Ass Kim are behind their 'stardom'? Nope, I bet all created through major networks and marketed down the masses throats (which I guess one could say the same about Sonnen - but to a much less extend I think).
Either way, I get the point you gents are making.. I just think the comparisons are are a bit off. Is there any other major sporting athlete who has been able to talk themselves into opportunities Chael has?
I can definitely see both sides of the argument. No one can deny that his PR has opened many doors for him.
I can't think of another athlete that has done what he has. But I think a great example of what I would consider great PR in the UFC would be Wanderlei Silva. Wanderlei always refers to his fans as his friends and that guy could lose his next 20 fights and his legion of fans would still be buying the ppv and talking about what if the Pride Wanderlei shows up (me included). Now I know that a lot of that comes from what he does in the ring, but I think he was great with PR as well, like his famous push on Rampage or the "I'm gonna fuck Chuck" incident, overall he was always a very likeable character, and even though he is way past his prime he is still the main event on his next card.