It's really hard to understand what some of these guys went thru when you come from the US or most of developed countries, it really is.
Most of the people don't realise how hard things are. Let's take example of Forrest Griffin, when he fought in here he made a comment about the water, on how he had to drink bottle water and so many other little things that annoyed him. Well, that's how different things are in here, people some times have to walk miles to get their daily water, food or medical care. Something that any regular US citzen gets from ur own bathroom tap.
This is not the case of the entire country of course. And compared to other third world countries, BR is pretty good, but the rural areas mostly are usually a mess, the slums too.
Luckly I come from a good family , one who could send me to a good school and now I'm here talking with you guys in english. but for the other 85% of the population, public school are the only way to educate your self, and unless your the nerd type of guy that likes to study plenty during you childhood, you'd better of a fighter maybe? perhaps crime?
Who knows? one thing is granted, if you overcome ALL the adversities (like some of our UFC fighters) during your life, you will be damn PROUD of you roots, your own history.
Perhaps that's the case of Sonnen calling himself a 'gangster' and talk crap about BR, perhaps that's why he get under ppl skins so easily.
one thing i can guarantee though, the word Gangster has a whole different meaning to us, to BR standards Sonnen is more like a Playboy.
It's all about perspective.