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Old 02-06-2013, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Chael Sonnen....

The more I watch the latest season of TUF the more I am amazed at what a likable and smart dooshbag he is - with excellent insight and a genuine passion for the UFC, his team and "fist fights" generally.

I always knew there was more to Sonnen than an ability to hype and sell fights - but who knew he was so darn likable?

When Chael retires from fighting, there is absolutely no way the UFC let's him go anywhere - IMO that man has a job for life within the organization.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I always liked Chael...its just when he was trash talking the dude i nuthug he needed putting down. But i really do like Chael.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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All the people that liked chael already knew he was a great guy and was only acting
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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"They'll tell you 'failure is not an option'. That is ridiculous, failure is always an option. Failure is the most readily available option at all times; but it's a choice. You can choose to fail or you can choose to succeed."
Thought that was a really good quote from Chael. Can't help but think Jones wouldn't have been able to help Uriah the way Sonnen did.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm reading his book right now. The guy is hilarious.
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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.
what makes you think his family was wealthy? I seriously doubt that since he grew up in a black neighborhood Statistically speaking that probably means he didn't grow up rich.
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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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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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Hexrei has always had the hatorade for chael so nothing ne wthere, i'm just shocked that people are shocked that there's 2 different chaels and they are both brilliant
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