I’m not an American, which qualifies me to assure you that I don’t think the US is a country full of people like Chael Sonnen. Not even that former President of yours has achieved that, and man, he tried really hard. Every person who judges over a whole country because of one citizen of that country is an idiot.
Initially I had similar feeling towards Mr. Sonnen as the thread opener has, but after following the UFC for about 2 month now I realized that the polarization caused by Mr. Sonnen is exactly what he wants to achieve. And the fact that this thread exist – as so many others – dedicated to statements of a fighter who hasn’t really achieved that much, proves his talent.
I personally don’t need all that “selling a bout” stuff. I would be perfectly happy with fighters treating each others as what they are, sportsmen. I just don’t think that it should be about more than two athletes competing in a MMA-match. A good reason for not liking Mr. Sonnen is that he is a cheated taking an amount of a substance (which he may need or not for medical reasons) to get an illegal advantage. He should be banned for that forever.
I don’t pay much attention to his statements, neglecting him therefore what he wants most. But there seems to be a lot of people who need this WWE-attitude to be happy.
I recommend you to look at the positive aspects of marketing talent of a Chael Sonnen. Guys like him probably help the UFC to get more attention, which means more money for Mr. White and Zuffa, which might mean that they can pay the best MMA-athletes to compete, which might lead to us the possibility to see interesting fights.