Another must-see UFC fight will be broadcast this weekend…
He's as captivating on a microphone in the UFC as The Rock or Muhammad Ali were in WWE and boxing, respectively. He talks trash, calls himself the American Gangster, is 'one tough dude' and, on Saturday August 17, he - three-time contender Chael Sonnen - takes on Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua as part of UFC Fight Night in Boston.
Cut from accomplished wrestling cloth, Sonnen will be looking to make a statement following the one round blowout loss he suffered when he made the trip north from the middleweight to light heavyweight division, in order to challenge one of the top pound-for-pound combatants in mixed martial arts; Jon Bones Jones.
Sonnen's test against Rua will, like the Jones challenge, be contested at the 205lb weight limit - his last before a return to the middleweight confines of 185lbs.
Sonnen often talks up an MMA bout by claiming it to be a fist-fight, however, the 36-year-old from Oregon will need to be at his ground-and-pounding best as, if the contest sees the two fighters stay on their feet, then Rua - who has 18 knockout victories on his ledger - will be at an advantage.
One key part of Rua's game, though, is leg kicks - something that occasionally provides takedown opportunities which is a clear area that Sonnen will be able to exploit.
Furthermore, Rua has been taken to the floor 66% of the time an opponent has attempted a takedown. If the fight stays on the horizontal, and providing Sonnen stays on Rua's chest to deny the Brazilian leg-locking ability, then Chael could bounce-back from his TKO loss to Jones.
See below for an official UFC preview of the Sonnen vs Rua clash, prior to a list of Chael's top quotes.
On failed drug tests…
My phone rings, they call me up and say, 'Chael, your testosterone level is too high.' I say, 'Well, how high was it?' They say, '0.7.' I said, 'What's normal?' They say, '0.6.'; I said, 'One-tenth? You're telling me I'm one-tenth higher than the average man? Re-test that - you must have caught me on a low day.'
On how UFC fights need no hype…
This is the most unsophisticated and un-well-thought-out thing you need to do in life. Two half-naked men are going to get in a steel cage and fight for the applause of a drunken, rowdy crowd in Houston, Texas on a Saturday night. We don't need to plan for this.
On religious beliefs…
You know, these guys want to talk about God. 'Oh, I want to thank God. I want to thank God.' Listen, I'm a God-fearing man, go to church every Sunday and have since I was a boy. But if I ever found out that God cared one way or another about a borderline illegal fist-fight on Saturday night, I would be so greatly disappointed that it would make rethink my entire belief system.
On his opponents…
On Michael Bisping - I am going to knock the teeth out of this snot-nosed Brit who calls himself royalty, who calls himself a Count. I am MMA royalty and America will tune into the Chael Sonnen show next Saturday on Fox.
On Wanderlei Silva - Listen Wanderlei, I will do a home invasion on you. I will cut the power to your house and the next thing you'll hear is me climbing up your stairs in a pair of night vision goggles I bought in the back of Soldier of Fortune magazine. I'll pick the lock to the master room door, take a picture of you in bed with the Nogueira brothers working on your 'jiu-jitsu'. I'll take said quote unquote photograph, post it at dorksfrombrazil.com, password - not required, username - not required. That, Wanderlei, is how you threaten someone. Dummy.
You have to understand. If I say something in a very private manner that isn’t intended for a certain audience, come on, you can’t hold that against me. I picked my medium very carefully when I talked about Brazil. I went to the internet. And if I had the foggiest idea that they had computers in Brazil, I wouldn’t have done that.
Greetings from Sao Paulo! I'm learning the language: breakdancing in the Special Olympics is called Capoiera and cocaine is called brunch.
When I was a little kid, I’d go outside with my friends and we’d talk about the latest technology, in medicine, gaming, and American ingenuity, and Anderson and the Brazilian kids are sitting outside playing in the mud.
I'm 217lbs of muscle, steel and sex appeal.
Anyone that tells you bad guys don't win hasn't met Chael Sonnen.
Im gonna put Anderson on his back like a pornstar with a mortgage.
Send whoever you'd like just don't send anyone you'd like back.