well yeah, chael's got a lot of experience with failure. he was born into an extremely wealthy and affluent family and had every advantage growing up, yet in terms of his actual accomplishments, he's a felon (who rolled on his partners in conspiracy to avoid jail time, and destroyed his chances of becoming a politician which should have been hilariously easy coming from his pedigree), a fighter with only a decent record and a serious weakness to submission, someone who has made public statements and then lied to cover them up, oh, and had some suspect fake tap moments. that's a lot of failure to cope with in a lifetime.
gaining the respect of people through carefully scripted media comedy and camera editing is extremely impressive though and i can see how he feels like he overcame adversity there, so his statement hits me deep inside my heart as well.
Why the hate? Chael is a great guy. The past is the past for a reason. Besides which he's obviously doing what he loves to do now, just because one comes from an 'affluent' family doesn't mean that your future is set in stone. Everyone makes mistakes. The one point I can't refute though is that he does appear to have a preference to tapping out, though he is facing some of the best in the world.
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