I remember his first UFC stint and thought him to be average. Got his Babalu fight recorded, will watch it again to assess. He then came to the UFC and I thought nothing until he destroyed Marquardt and Okami, in a way no other fighter could at that time. He backed all of his crazy talk and almost backed his talk against Silva.
He is a genius at marketing and not delusional.
If Okami or Fitch had Sonnens marketing then they would have gotten more title shots in their careers.
He is still known as the best MW fighter apart from Silva and would be champ if Silva moved and he avoided Maia.
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