5 Reasons UFC Fighter Chael Sonnen Will Be A Real World Champion

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5 Reasons Chael Sonnen Will Be A Real World Champion

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Chael Sonnen came through in a big way at UFC Fight Night on the launch of Fox Sports 1. Here's a guy that got knocked out badly in his last two fights, in main events of Pay-Per-Views, against two of the best mixed martial artists on the planet. Many were saying he was shot as fighter, or that he was never really that good. Before Saturday night, the last time he won a fight was against Michael Bisping, in what was a narrow, highly disputed decision.

Sonnen, however, came through with the biggest win of his career against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. No one would have ever predicted that Sonnen would submit Rua, a veteran who is tough as nails. Sonnen somehow pulled off a master performance against a top name in the sport and in doing so breathed new life into his career. Sonnen looked sharp, smart and fast during the fight, not the 36-year-old that he is, or the guy who showed up to fight Jon Jones in April.

It's actually quite crazy to think that Sonnen actually is a part-time announcer for Fox, yet still managed to train and get into fight shape to take on Rua. This performance shows that he is ready to commit to another title run. Despite Sonnen's MMA success, he has never been a world champion. He nearly took Anderson Silva's title the first time they fought, but got caught with an arm triangle in the fifth round. After the fight, he paraded around with a fake championship belt, telling the world that he was the real world champion and that he had beat Silva four out of five rounds, which makes him the champion. He failed miserably against Jones, but the fight appeared to be stopped early.

Sonnen can now make a legitimate claim for another title shot now, likely in the middleweight division. Can he do it? Is he the real life Rocky? Here's why we should all hail, Chael.

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5: Chael Sonnen Is A Gentleman

Sonnen
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Sure, Sonnen is a trash-talker. He likes to rib other fighters. He sometimes writes checks his backside cannot cash. That's an all act, however. He's a consummate businessman and the ultimate gentleman. He talked a lot of crap about Anderson Silva, but then when he lost, he ate his words. He tore apart Jon Jones the first time they were supposed to fight after Dan Henderson pulled out of UFC 151, but after spending a season on "The Ultimate Fighter" with him, knew to shut his mouth and take a whipping like a man. Against Rua, he was respectful and never talked any trash. Sonnen is a real-life gentleman and people like to do business with him. He will be given every opportunity to be a world champion because people who run companies like him.

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4: Chael Sonnen Has A Warrior's Spirit

Sonnen
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Sonnen just doesn't care. He will talk trash to your face and then let you take your best shot. He's no coward. Sonnen would fight in front of 100 people or 10,000. He just likes to fight. He believes in himself, likes to push the envelope and push others to the edge. He's not happy just being No. 2 or being content. Anyone who would fight Jon Jones on eight days notice is a resilient, pugnacious firebird. Warrior's find a way to win, like he did against Rua. He won't stop until he wears gold around his waist.

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3: Chael Sonnen Is A Wrestler

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If you ever get into a bar fight, hope you don't shoot your mouth off against an amateur wrestler. He will clean your clock. Sonnen has the one MMA skill that doesn't fade, the one art and discipline that one would most want in a true fight. Power fades. Speed slows. Wrestling is always there. He won't beat everybody, but Sonnen is 36 years old and still fighting. Who thinks Jon Jones will still be fighting at 36? Sonnen can hang until the end, which means he always has a fighting chance of winning against anybody.

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2: Losing to Anderson Silva and Jon Jones Made Chael Sonnen Better

Sonnen
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Some guys like Alistair Overeem lose a couple of fights and you just know there's no way they are coming back. Sonnen loses and he just gets better. It doesn't help when you are knocked out in two straight fights, but when you are knocked out by the two best mixed martial artists in the world, it's not so bad. When you are in the cage with fighters of that caliber, you can only get better, win or lose. Do you think Sonnen will ever be intimidated before a fight after fighting Jones and Silva? Probably not. Sonnen probably legitimately believes he can beat anybody near his weight class after the confidence-builder of fighting guys like Silva and Jones. Sonnen was confident before; he's off the chart confident now. He'll probably be calling out Georges St-Pierre and Cain Velasquez next.

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1: Chael Sonnen Is A Hardcore Pro Wrestling Fan

Sonnen
Winslow Townson -- USA TODAY Sports

Losing? Psst. Whatever. That doesn't even matter in Sonnen's world. Sonnen is a guy who pals around with CM Punk and idolizes Superstar Billy Graham. Sonnen's head is entirely different than everyone elses. Sonnen is there to be a star, not be the best fighter in the world. In pro wrestling, winners and losers matter, but not as much as just being popular with the fans does. Sonnen has the pro wrestling mentality of if you lose on Sunday, you win on Monday. What goes around comes around. You play a heel for awhile and then you turn babyface. Sonnen doesn't get worked up about losses the way other fighters might. He's the draw and when it is all said and done, he doesn't want to be remembered as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He wants to be remembered as the guy who changed the industry, became a household name and put the entertainment into mixed martial arts. A guy who isn't afraid to lose, is a guy who will take a lot of chances; people who take a lot of chances sometimes win the big one.

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5 Reasons Chael Sonnen Will Be A Real World Champion

Sonnen
Winslow Townson -- USA TODAY Sports

Chael Sonnen came through in a big way at UFC Fight Night on the launch of Fox Sports 1. Here's a guy that got knocked out badly in his last two fights, in main events of Pay-Per-Views, against two of the best mixed martial artists on the planet. Many were saying he was shot as fighter, or that he was never really that good. Before Saturday night, the last time he won a fight was against Michael Bisping, in what was a narrow, highly disputed decision.

Sonnen, however, came through with the biggest win of his career against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. No one would have ever predicted that Sonnen would submit Rua, a veteran who is tough as nails. Sonnen somehow pulled off a master performance against a top name in the sport and in doing so breathed new life into his career. Sonnen looked sharp, smart and fast during the fight, not the 36-year-old that he is, or the guy who showed up to fight Jon Jones in April.

It's actually quite crazy to think that Sonnen actually is a part-time announcer for Fox, yet still managed to train and get into fight shape to take on Rua. This performance shows that he is ready to commit to another title run. Despite Sonnen's MMA success, he has never been a world champion. He nearly took Anderson Silva's title the first time they fought, but got caught with an arm triangle in the fifth round. After the fight, he paraded around with a fake championship belt, telling the world that he was the real world champion and that he had beat Silva four out of five rounds, which makes him the champion. He failed miserably against Jones, but the fight appeared to be stopped early.

Sonnen can now make a legitimate claim for another title shot now, likely in the middleweight division. Can he do it? Is he the real life Rocky? Here's why we should all hail, Chael.

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5: Chael Sonnen Is A Gentleman

Sonnen
Winslow Townson -- USA TODAY Sports

Sure, Sonnen is a trash-talker. He likes to rib other fighters. He sometimes writes checks his backside cannot cash. That's an all act, however. He's a consummate businessman and the ultimate gentleman. He talked a lot of crap about Anderson Silva, but then when he lost, he ate his words. He tore apart Jon Jones the first time they were supposed to fight after Dan Henderson pulled out of UFC 151, but after spending a season on "The Ultimate Fighter" with him, knew to shut his mouth and take a whipping like a man. Against Rua, he was respectful and never talked any trash. Sonnen is a real-life gentleman and people like to do business with him. He will be given every opportunity to be a world champion because people who run companies like him.

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4: Chael Sonnen Has A Warrior's Spirit

Sonnen
Winslow Townson -- USA TODAY Sports

Sonnen just doesn't care. He will talk trash to your face and then let you take your best shot. He's no coward. Sonnen would fight in front of 100 people or 10,000. He just likes to fight. He believes in himself, likes to push the envelope and push others to the edge. He's not happy just being No. 2 or being content. Anyone who would fight Jon Jones on eight days notice is a resilient, pugnacious firebird. Warrior's find a way to win, like he did against Rua. He won't stop until he wears gold around his waist.

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3: Chael Sonnen Is A Wrestler

Sonnen
Winslow Townson -- USA TODAY Sports

If you ever get into a bar fight, hope you don't shoot your mouth off against an amateur wrestler. He will clean your clock. Sonnen has the one MMA skill that doesn't fade, the one art and discipline that one would most want in a true fight. Power fades. Speed slows. Wrestling is always there. He won't beat everybody, but Sonnen is 36 years old and still fighting. Who thinks Jon Jones will still be fighting at 36? Sonnen can hang until the end, which means he always has a fighting chance of winning against anybody.

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2: Losing to Anderson Silva and Jon Jones Made Chael Sonnen Better

Sonnen
Winslow Townson -- USA TODAY Sports

Some guys like Alistair Overeem lose a couple of fights and you just know there's no way they are coming back. Sonnen loses and he just gets better. It doesn't help when you are knocked out in two straight fights, but when you are knocked out by the two best mixed martial artists in the world, it's not so bad. When you are in the cage with fighters of that caliber, you can only get better, win or lose. Do you think Sonnen will ever be intimidated before a fight after fighting Jones and Silva? Probably not. Sonnen probably legitimately believes he can beat anybody near his weight class after the confidence-builder of fighting guys like Silva and Jones. Sonnen was confident before; he's off the chart confident now. He'll probably be calling out Georges St-Pierre and Cain Velasquez next.

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1: Chael Sonnen Is A Hardcore Pro Wrestling Fan

Sonnen
Winslow Townson -- USA TODAY Sports

Losing? Psst. Whatever. That doesn't even matter in Sonnen's world. Sonnen is a guy who pals around with CM Punk and idolizes Superstar Billy Graham. Sonnen's head is entirely different than everyone elses. Sonnen is there to be a star, not be the best fighter in the world. In pro wrestling, winners and losers matter, but not as much as just being popular with the fans does. Sonnen has the pro wrestling mentality of if you lose on Sunday, you win on Monday. What goes around comes around. You play a heel for awhile and then you turn babyface. Sonnen doesn't get worked up about losses the way other fighters might. He's the draw and when it is all said and done, he doesn't want to be remembered as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He wants to be remembered as the guy who changed the industry, became a household name and put the entertainment into mixed martial arts. A guy who isn't afraid to lose, is a guy who will take a lot of chances; people who take a lot of chances sometimes win the big one.


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