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The UFC Needs Personalities Like Chael Sonnen, Says Urijah Faber

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Since Brock Lesnar has retired, Chael Sonnen has taken over the mantle as the biggest character in the UFC. He says things that sound crazy at times. He voices opinions that should not be heard.

Sonnen says things that are flat out ridiculous. It is great theater though.

He is the first fighter to challenge Anderson Silva. He attacks Silva both mentally and physically.

Silva responded.

“What I’m going to do inside the Octagon is something that’s going to change the image of the sport,” the Portuguese-speaking Silva said through his translator and manager Ed Soares. “I’m going to make sure every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broken, his legs are broken.

“He’s not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself. I can guarantee that.”

The UFC needs personalities like Sonnen to challenge greats like Silva. Without conflict sports is nothing.

Urijah Faber agrees.

“I think this sport needs guys like Chael Sonnen. The guy was coming over from the WEC as world champion and then came over and got put on the undercard for the UFC.

“I think he chose to make a switch and said ‘I need to stand out in this sport and just being the nice, intelligent guy that I am is not enough.’ He probably won’t admit to that, but the guy made a switch and decided, ‘hey, I’m gonna stand out in this sport. I’m gonna create my own opportunities.’

“And he does it in an interesting way that people either really hate or really love.”

MMA needs polarizing figures.

We need villans to root against. That gives us a reason to watch.

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