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    Sonnen: No one understands the psychology behind what I do
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    "I don't think that you can psychologically do anything to an opponent," said Sonnen mused on the subject with me. "I know it gets talked about, but, for me, that stuff's for the playground when you're a little kid. In the playground, whoever talks the toughest is deemed to be the toughest.

    "Think back to your days growing up and the toughest kid in school and it's likely they had the biggest mouth. Now ask yourself, who did you ever see them fight? The answer is, nobody. You never saw him fight. People use the word 'scared' a lot in fighting sports. He's scared, she's scared. Truth is, they probably are scared of certain things, but what's that got to do with anything? If you're a child on the playground and you can prove the other kid is scared, and you get all your classmates to believe the same, nothing else needs to be done. You somehow win without doing anything.

    "As a professional athlete, I can tell you I feel every single emotion and not one of them ever helped me in a fist-fight before. And not one of them has ever hurt me in a fist-fight, either. The only thing that has helped me is my skills and the only thing that hurt me is my opponent's skills.

    "People believe there is some sort of psychological warfare, but that is never thought out. There is a psychology in as far as picking these fights and navigating your way to the top. That is a very tricky thing to do in any sport. The blueprint for it is out there, but people don't really understand it. It's like any technique.

    "When somebody masters it, they don't go and show the rest of the world how to do it. The rest of the world has got to watch the videos, break it down and figure it out on their own. I hear people talk about what I do all the time. There are articles written, there are people talking on TV about it. None of them have ever got it right. They don't understand the psychology behind what I do. I'm not about to be overtaken any time soon.

    "I don't think you can teach it. Some people get it and some people don't. If I could encourage anybody by giving them one piece of advice it would be 'to be yourself'. If I could give them two pieces of advice I'd say, 'Be yourself, but with the volume cranked up'. Whether you're a nice guy, mean guy, aggressive guy or a passive guy, be yourself but turn it up. Let people know who you are.

    "Don't miss those opportunities. If you could just follow those two pieces of advice, it will change people's perception of you and can get you notoriety. You'll be noticed. Ultimately, this is a popularity contest. I don't care if you're talking football, basketball, soccer, whoever the crowd likes the most will make the most. It's not about who beats who or who can dribble faster or score more goals. It's about who the crowd likes the most. Popularity is a big deal.

    "There's a fine line. If you can talk the talk, but can't walk the walk, you're going to look like a fool. That's the risk. But with great risk comes great reward."
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    "Think back to your days growing up and the toughest kid in school and it's likely they had the biggest mouth. Now ask yourself, who did you ever see them fight? The answer is, nobody. You never saw him fight."


    SO SO TRUE

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    It's called SCHTICK Chael and EVERYONE gets it.

    The bad part about his schtick is that his work-product doesn't match his advertising.
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    I for one think Chael is fucking awesome, and I think he's a beast at MW. I don't however think he has any business at LHW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJack View Post
    It's called SCHTICK Chael and EVERYONE gets it.

    The bad part about his schtick is that his work-product doesn't match his advertising.
    Eh maybe not so much the latter fights but the 1st fight against Anderson Silva, he did exactly what he said he was going to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    I for one think Chael is fucking awesome, and I think he's a beast at MW. I don't however think he has any business at LHW.
    I'm with you 100%, I like Chael.
    Is he a Champion? No. Will he be a contender again? Most likely not. Does he put on a good show at middleweight? hell yeah. Is he top 10? I feel yes, he is the gatekeeper for the 10 spot in the division at worst.

    Even if he isnt an active fighter, I enjoy his commentary. I feel him and Frank Mir as well as a couple others have made a great transition from Competition to Commentating the events, both live and the MMA hour shows.
    "I leave this as a declaration of intent, so no one will get confused. 1: Si vis pacum para bellum. Latin. If you want peace, prepare for war. 2: Frank Castle is dead. He died with his family. 3: In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacies, it is necessary to act outside the law. To pursue natural justice. This isn't vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment "

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillbillyDeluxe View Post
    Eh maybe not so much the latter fights but the 1st fight against Anderson Silva, he did exactly what he said he was going to do.



    I'm with you 100%, I like Chael.
    Is he a Champion? No. Will he be a contender again? Most likely not. Does he put on a good show at middleweight? hell yeah. Is he top 10? I feel yes, he is the gatekeeper for the 10 spot in the division at worst.

    Even if he isnt an active fighter, I enjoy his commentary. I feel him and Frank Mir as well as a couple others have made a great transition from Competition to Commentating the events, both live and the MMA hour shows.
    Like what? Get subbed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJack View Post
    Like what? Get subbed?
    or the other 22:30 beating Anderson everywhere like NO ONE has done before... but he did get subbed ya.. however as far as im concerned he was the underdog and did exactly what he said he was going to do until Silva pulled the slick triangle as the champion that finished the fight... (granted Chael has lost what 8/9 via submission we would expect better sub D)

    Chael will never be a champion in the UFC (but in any other org he would be champ) but does sell PPVs with his mouth and backs it up with effort... no one can say that Sonnen does not bring it full clip every fight and does the best he can to win it and that is what I find amusing..

    sure he can be a top level gate keeper because if u cant beat Chael how the hell do you expect to beat the much better version of him in Weidman?? (or Machida if he wins)

    we have quite a few point fighters (not naming any names) that do what they can to win the decision... all of his talk is to get eyeballs on the screen to watch his fights

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    I do believe you can up your advantage with talk by their opponent make the wrong game plan and have them second guessing

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    If I could encourage anybody by giving them one piece of advice it would be 'to be yourself'. If I could give them two pieces of advice I'd say, 'Be yourself, but with the volume cranked up'. Whether you're a nice guy, mean guy, aggressive guy or a passive guy, be yourself but turn it up. Let people know who you are.
    I dont like the sentiment behind his interview personally. I think he's wrong in the sense that trash-talk can have an effect on your opponent. Take his upcoming fight. Wanderlei is going to come in angry, head-hunting, and looking to prove a point Im sure, which sets up Sonnen perfectly to execute a takedown based offense.

    Having said that, I absolutely LOVE the quote above. Words to live by, no matter how much you like or dislike the source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillbillyDeluxe View Post
    Eh maybe not so much the latter fights but the 1st fight against Anderson Silva, he did exactly what he said he was going to do.



    I'm with you 100%, I like Chael.
    Is he a Champion? No. Will he be a contender again? Most likely not. Does he put on a good show at middleweight? hell yeah. Is he top 10? I feel yes, he is the gatekeeper for the 10 spot in the division at worst.

    Even if he isnt an active fighter, I enjoy his commentary. I feel him and Frank Mir as well as a couple others have made a great transition from Competition to Commentating the events, both live and the MMA hour shows.
    If by "put on a great show at MW" you mean "take people down and big brother punch them for 3-5 rounds", then yeah, I guess he does. I don't find that fighting style very entertaining personally.
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