Chael Sonnen dominates MMA headlines nearly every other week. The former three-time UFC title challenger has become one of the UFC’s most popular fighters with his charismatic wit and gift of gab. There is never a dull moment in the life and times of Chael Sonnen.
Most recently, Chael retired from the sport of mixed martial arts competition, but that does not mean he is going anywhere anytime soon. Although Chael the fighter may be gone, Chael the businessman is just as important to the UFC and the growth of the organization over the next several years. Now it is just a waiting game to see where Sonnen’s career takes him.
A couple of weeks ago Dana White himself stated that Sonnen could potentially one day become the UFC President once White leaves the organization.
Although Sonnen is the UFC’s golden boy, Bellator took White’s words close to heart as they offered Sonnen a job as the new President of Bellator prior to naming Scott Coker the promotion’s President earlier this week.
The talks fell through when Chael refused to sign a confidentiality agreement with Bellator and Viacom. Essentially, Chael is loyal to the UFC and knows that his job as a broadcaster is only temporary as he will likely move up in the organization in the coming months and years.
FanSided reached out to Sonnen for a comment on Bellator/Viacom’s offer, and he gave a classic Chael answer:
There are plenty of details I have shared from that call, with those I chose to share them with. If you have yet to hear that information, that means you weren’t one of them. I can share with you the details on my current UFC contract. Still most lucrative in company history. I can also confirm the C in UFC, contrary to reports floating around, is not changing to Chael. While flattered, just not the right time.
The next rumor that began circulating this week was Sonnen’s involvement in the next Metamoris grappling event. In fact, Sonnen is rumored to be headlining Metamoris 4 against none other than jiu-jitsu ace, Andre Galvao. When asked to confirm whether or not he would truly be headlining Metamoris, Chael had this to say:
If there’s a marquee or an event, you can bet the name Chael Sonnen is at the top of it.
The final piece of news regarding Sonnen is not exactly related to MMA, but it does have to do with Sonnen’s classic wrestling style promos. When Chael retired, he tweeted out to his followers “Bad times don’t last, but BAD GUYS do…”. If you are a professional wrestling fan, then you have likely heard this line before.
Razor Ramon, AKA Scott Hall, coined this line long ago as one of his premiere promos during his wrestling hey day. Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame just a few months ago, and finished off his speech with the aforementioned promo.
Hall caught wind of Sonnen’s tweet, and basically called out Sonnen for being “original”. When Sonnen was asked about Hall calling him out, he had this to say:
Some people quote philosophers or poets. Some make cute little meme’s quoting lyrics from their favorite song and post on their Instagram. Never done it, I tend to just quote myself. Scott Hall was a great promo and have yet to watch his hall of fame speech. I heard he said something very similar. If he wants it he can have it.Or or we say, no I didn’t steal his promo. There’s a big difference. He was drunk when he said his.Or there’s a big difference between his promo and mine. People heard mine.