UFC fighter Chael Sonnen has turned into arguably the greatest sound byte in all of sports.Today we celebrate Sonnen’s wit by looking back at his top 40 quotes. Why 40? Because anything less wouldn’t be enough!
Sonnen is an equal opportunity offender but appears to take more pleasure out of insulting his foreign peers. The bulk of his material has been directed to Anderson Silva yet Sonnen has had plenty of insults to toss the way of Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Cro Cop, Cyborg Santos, Georges St-Pierre, and Lyoto Machida. In addition to the insults, Sonnen’s high opinion of Chael Sonnen also makes for fun fodder. Thanks to the wonderful archives of Twitter and You Tube, here is a look back at Chael’s greatest hits.
“I think everyone up here is grateful to be on Fox. They would probably say ‘Fox thanks’. Everybody but me. I would say ‘Fox, you’re welcome.’ ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brock Lesnar, Chael Sonnen, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva
The fight has come and gone, and at the end of the day it appears as though the Light Heavyweight title fight between Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones was indeed the mismatch that so many people thought it would be. The rest of the card was a mixed bag, including some highly entertaining bouts, some thoroughly lackluster bouts and a few controversial stoppages mixed with borderline terrible officiating in some cases. Let’s take a look back at the card that was UFC 159 and see what’s next for the main card fighters involved.
Lightweight Bout: Pat Healy defeated Jim Miller via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:02 of Round Three
The opening round of this bout went almost exactly as most people (including the bookies) expected it to. Miller dominated much of the action both standing and on the ground, in fact he came close to stopping the fight at one point. ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Cheick Kongo, Jim Miller, Jon Jones, Michael Bisping, Pat Healy, Phil Davis, Roy Nelson, UFC 159, Vinny Magalhaes
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks with loads of free fights for fans to sink their teeth into. But all of those free shows come with the knowledge that eventually it’s back to the land of Pay Per View where the UFC saves the really big marquee matches. Things are no different this week as the UFC returns to the PPV airwaves with UFC 159 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. After spending a season coaching opposite one another on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter, supposed rivals, but sometimes frenemies Chael Sonnen and Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will battle for the title in the main event.
The co-main event of the evening is a Middleweight slugfest between two fighters who really don’t like each other. There have been a number of proposed car and tattoo bets between Alan Belcher and Michael Bisping, as well as ..click here to read more
Alan Belcher, Bryan Caraway, Chael Sonnen, Cheick Kongo, Cody McKenzie, Gian Villante, James Head, Jim Miller, Johnny Bedford, Jon Jones, Kurt Holobaugh, Leonard Garcia, Michael Bisping, Nick Catone, Ovince St. Preux, Pat Healy, Phil Davis, Roy Nelson, Rustam Khabilov, Sara McMann, Sheila Gaff, Steven Siler, UFC 150, Vinny Magalhaes, Yancy Medeiros
Last weekend was a very big day for the world of MMA. Despite the best of intentions for the final Strikeforce card last Saturday a rash of injuries, politics and bad luck the card wasn’t what was initially planned as a big sendoff for the promotion. Despite that the card was fairly entertaining. Despite that however, the ratings were absolutely terrible, drawing a mere 310,000 viewers for the event on Showtime. But, as always the runaway locomotive that is the UFC will continue to roll on this weekend.
The UFC returns to the birthplace of MMA for UFC on FX 7, as they host yet another event in Brazil. The event airs on FX from the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main event features loud-mouthed British fighter Michael Bisping takes on Brazil’s own Vitor Belfort for a shot at the Middleweight title. Brazilian’s are featured in all of the ..click here to read more
Andrew Craig, CJ Keith, Deigo Nunes, Edson Barboza, Francisco Trinaldo, Godofredo Castro, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Lucas Martins, Michael Bisping, Milton Vieira, Nik Lentz, Pedro Nobre, Ronny Markes, Thiago Tavares, UFC on FX 7, Vitor Belfort, Yuri Alcantara
2012 will go down as a mixed year in the UFC. Unable to deliver the big super fights, the UFC will attempt to rebound in 2013 with several highly anticipated fights both scheduled and in planning.
If there was one disappointment with the UFC in 2012 it was the inability to pull off big fights. Even realistic super fights in division like Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz failed to materialize for a variety of reasons. With an all-star roster on deck featuring new fighters from Strikeforce, the UFC has the potential to blow away 2012 with several big fights this year. Now whether the UFC can pull these off or not is another story altogether.
I sat down with the idea of writing about the 10 most anticipated UFC fights of 2013. Unfortunately I had a rough time coming up with anything past five. It isn’t as if the big fights aren’t ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, anderson silva, Ben Henderson, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Chris Weidman, Cristiane Cyborg Santos, Dan Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Melendez, Glover Teixeira, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Michael Bisping, Ronda Rousey, UFC 155, UFC 157, UFC 158
Happy Holidays, CamelClutchBlog faithful. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed whatever holiday they may or may not have celebrated this year. I don’t think there is a politically incorrect way (and if there is, please tell me) for me to address the arrival of 2013 so I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
Speaking of healthy, I think we’d all like to wish a healthier 2013 for so many fighters who’ve been injured. Yes, there is the purely selfish part of all of us who wants them healthier so they can entertain through this sport we love so much, but they obviously suffer from the lack of a paycheck. Is GSP’s “Camp For Only One Fighter Like In Boxing” approach the answer, as Dana White recently mentioned? I have no idea. If I knew how to stop fighter injuries, I feel like that information would be very valuable to promoters, gyms ..click here to read more
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UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks is laying down the gauntlet. Hendricks is demanding a title shot at Georges St-Pierre and won’t fight until he gets it. Unfortunately for Hendricks he has about zero leverage in this game of chicken with Dana White.
Hendricks is coming off one of the most impressive all-around wins of 2012 in the UFC. Hendricks knocked Martin Kampmann out cold in under a minute at UFC 154. Hendricks’ win over Kampmann marks three big wins in a row for the welterweight. This according to Hendricks should move him to the front of the line and he will wait as long as it takes to get there.
Hendricks put his cards on the table during a recent interview with MMA Junkie radio. Hendricks is upset after hearing GSP’s camp publicly declare Nick Diaz the top contender over Hendricks this past week. This comes at a time where the UFC is ..click here to read more
anderson silva, dana white, Georges St. Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Michael Bisping, nick diaz, UFC 154
Anderson Silva is arguably the greatest champion in UFC history. Yet certain responsibilities come along with the title and if the champion isn’t meeting those obligations it is time for the UFC to strip him of his title and take their championship back.
As big of a fan as I am of Silva, his lack of respect for the UFC and its fighters as middleweight champion has grown out of control. I certainly understand that someone like Silva should have more flexibility and perks than almost any other UFC fighter sans GSP. I certainly understand that the UFC would feel obliged to give Silva as much of a vacation as he wants between fights. But at some point this is a business and Anderson Silva has taken this business hostage long enough.
The Spider revealed his next steps as a fighter in an interview with Tatame.com this week and it ..click here to read more
anderson silva, dana white, Michael Bisping
To date there have been fifteen seasons of The Ultimate Fighter that have aired in the USA on Spike TV and FX, plus a sixteenth season that is currently airing on FX. Add to that a completed season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and a currently airing season of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes (UK vs. Australia) and there have been thirty professional fighters who have served time as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.
With the recent announcement of Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as upcoming coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, many people have seen through the UFC’s charade, and are criticizing the UFC’s decision to forego the sporting aspect of the UFC and instead focus solely on the business aspect of the UFC. Despite what fans may believe about the decision to use Sonnen and Jones as coaches on the next season of the UFC’s flagship ..click here to read more
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The Anderson Silva rope-a-dope continues. Just a few days after softening his stance on fighting Jon Jones, the UFC champion’s manager is still gunning for a Georges St-Pierre Superfight. Apparently one of these guys did not the memo.
This whole obsession by Anderson Silva and his team to fight Georges St-Pierre has never made that much sense to me. Silva is a UFC champion and instead of doing what champions do which is defend the belt against the best, Silva would rather pick a fight with a guy in the lower division. It may be a fun fight to put together in UFC Undisputed, but the size mismatch here really doesn’t make sense. Especially to GSP who has said several times that he isn’t too keen on the fight.
Silva’s manager Ed Soares was a guest this week on Inside MMA. Soares is singing a bit a different tune than his ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Ed Soares, Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones, Michael Bisping
I had made a gentlemen’s bet on UFC 153’s main event with a friend of mine. “Bonnar won’t make it out of the first round,” he said. Based on Bonnar’s chin, size advantage and jiu-jitsu, I had confidence in Bonnar to at least make it out of the first round. “I think he’ll lose, sure, but I think he’ll make it to at least the second round before he gets knocked out,” I said in reply.
…in related news, I hate losing a bet, even one without any money on the line.
Anderson Silva is the pound-for-pound best fighter in mixed martial arts, having left sixteen bodies in his wake without a loss since joining the UFC in 2006. Okay, that might be a bit of hyperbole if “leaving bodies in his wake” means he finished everyone he’s faced in the company. If we’re going by those standards, he’s left thirteen in ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Chris Weidman, Georges St. Pierre, Michael Bisping, Rashad Evans, UFC 153
You can question a lot of things about Jon Jones. One thing you can’t question after his victory over Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 is his heart. Jones fought through a severe arm injury to defeat Belfort but may suffer the price for his courage.
Belfort came within inches of defeating the UFC light heavyweight champion in the opening round of UFC 152. Belfort locked in an arm bar that probably would have finished most fighters. But Jon Jones is not most fighters. Jones heard the elbow pop but told reporters after the fight that he had no intention of quitting.
“In there, I felt as if there was a point where I don’t think physically he could have extended it even more,” Jones said. “I mean, it was popping, and I felt after 25 years that I’ve never felt that feeling before. I just came to terms with what ..click here to read more
Brian Stann, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, Demetrious Johnson, Jon Jones, Joseph Benavidez, Matt Hamill, Michael Bisping, Roger Hollet, UFC 152, Vitor Belfort