Sonnen has made a career out of being a loud-mouthed, trash-talking braggart whose rants are exaggerated to mythic proportions, much to the delight of fight fans. He would much rather leave the niceness to guys like Georges St-Pierre, Dan Henderson or Lyoto Machida while he badmouths, belittles and berates those around him.
Captain Mean Mouth had no choice in the matter during recent production of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3, when opposing coach Wanderlei Silva‘s disgust with him evoked a confrontation that turned ugly. The scrap was almost entirely provoked by Silva, while a noticeably squirmy Sonnen tried to maintain the affable composure of a peacemaker.
The two coaches are scheduled to meet again, this time in a planned, organized and supervised match at UFC 175. Regardless of who wins, Sonned can go back to being the bad guy and Silva can begin trying to repair his tarnished image for his display of unsportsmanlike conduct and serious lack of self-control.
This begs the question: Who will Sonnen lash out at first to re-establish his prickly personality and once again put everyone on notice that the bully is back? Some think he will start at the top of the roster in his division and commence with a barrage of verbal battery aimed at every one of his potential opponents.
Sonnen will imitate Henderson and begin sending a weight-watching Daniel Cormier buckets of Popeyes three times a day. He will text Rashad Evans (sidelined by an ACL tear) pictures of knees hyperextending. The “American Gangster” will send Glover Teixeira several copies of his book The Voice of Reason: A VIP Pass to Enlightenment — assuming the Brazilian cannot read English.
Mr. Big Mouth will send Mauricio “Shogun” Rua enlarged photos of the guillotine choke Sonnen gave him during UFC Fight Night 26, and he will send Henderson care packages full of Depends, Geritol and prune juice.
The best thing about having the heel back, however, will be when one of his obnoxious proclamations forces him to put his foot in his mouth.