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Chael Sonnen goes Toe-to-Toe with Ranallo

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Classic Chael Sonnen Interview. Calls out Mauro Ranallo, Vitor Belfort, Pride FC, Anderson Silva's wife, and the usual suspects.

UFC 136: Chael Sonnen's Next In Line

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Chael Sonnen is the only man in the UFC that has been able to bring the fight to Anderson Silva, almost defeating the champion before being submitted in the 5th round. If he defeats Brian Stann at UFC 136, I feel he’s earned another crack at the belt. He’s easily the most controversial fighter in the UFC roster; brandishing a loud mouth and some of the best MMA wrestling in the sport, he’s single-handedly become one of the most talked about fighters in recent history. His savvy with a microphone is unparalleled among fighters and he was even cultivating a bright political career before he was charged with money laundering. If anyone can talk their way into another title fight, it’s Chael but has he earned it?

VIDEO Chael Sonnen: I don't create conflict

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Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Chael Sonnen has a reputation for stirring the pot, but he tells Fight Week that he never manufactures personal animosity for the sake of promoting a fight:

California Commission Corrects Chael Sonnen's Suspension

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Two days after indefinitely suspending Chael Sonnen's license through May 18, 2012, the California State Athletic Commission corrected an application of a rule regarding the date the UFC middleweight contender could reapply in the state, thus freeing him to fight anywhere. The regulator body admitted "an error" regarding Rule 399, which states revocation or denial of a license included a one-year prohibition on reapplying. "Since the commission did not revoke or deny Mr. Sonnen's license, the rule does not apply," read the statement. "Given that Mr. Sonnen's license will expire on June 29, 2011, the suspension imposed upon the license will be extinguished by operation of law. Therefore, Mr. Sonnen may reapply for a license at any time following that date. He will, however, be required to appear at a commission meeting to have his application considered. If the commission denies his application, Mr. Sonnen will have to wait one year from the date of the denial." CSAC executive officer George Dodd said that while the state continues to consider the suspension "indefinite," it will cease to apply once Sonnen's license has lapsed. Sonnen is technically allowed to apply anywhere even as he serves his suspension in California. It's up to individual regulatory bodies to allow him a license or not, though most choose to honor fellow commission's rulings. Sonnen did not respond to a request for comment about California's correction.

Silva Makes Splash in 'Like Water': A Review

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If there’s one topic in MMA that never fails to fuel the speculation of media and fans, it’s this: What’s going on in Anderson Silva’s head? The language barrier doesn’t help with North Americans, and the translations are loose (and usually boring). There are the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde antics in the cage. There are interconnected associations with such things as Steven Seagal and paintball and Big Macs. Yet above all else, there’s the long-tenured, record-breaking champion with a captivating -- if unintentional -- sense of mystery. A new film entitled "Like Water" will premiere April 21 in Manhattan at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it pulls the curtain back to reveal (in cussword-included subtitles) Anderson Silva in a context you wouldn’t expect. How? Filmmaker Pablo Croce centers on travail. Rather than dog-earring the illustrious side of Silva’s MMA career, Croce captures scrutiny and derision in painstaking detail within a three-month window that begins post-Demian Maia at UFC 112 and ends with Chael Sonnen at UFC 117. There are glimpses into other aspects (his family life, training, idling, interacting with fans), but the gravity of the film is based on a walls-closing-in sense of situation. Silva spends a lot of time negating the negative. It’s not that we see Dana White peeved and telling Jim Rome he’ll cut the champion if he made a mockery of the Octagon again; it’s what you get out of Silva watching it, absorbing his own bizarre behavior. It’s that you see him lament to Lyoto Machida-san that "everybody wants a brawl." We see self-reflective Silva, dealing in issues of esteem. It’s not long before things shift to the montages of Chael Sonnen, who became (what he thought was) the mouthpiece of public sentiment in bashing Silva at every turn. Through the entire lead-up to the epic battle at UFC 117, Silva takes things in while maintaining an opiate calm. Yet there are glimpses into moods, caught when Silva hangs Soares out to dry with one-word answers during an interview. Or when he tells his friend/teammate, "You’re screwed until I forget you’re screwed" out of frustration with his fight. You see him in ordinary situations (like at the airport) doing extraordinary things (like putting his belt through security). What you don’t see is Silva cracking under surmounting pressure, but the pressure is real and ends up being the star of the film. And that becomes the documentary’s merit; it not only depicts the mettle of Silva on multiple levels, but it peers into the fight game in general through the back door. As much as we are shown Silva in intimate situations, you also see Sonnen intimately. We see the wirework beneath the surface and, as cliché as it seems, a human side to the fighters all too commonly regarded as products. In other words, you empathize with Silva, which has long been something foreign to us.

Sonnen Offered to Fight Rampage at UFC 130

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Chael Sonnen offered to step in for Thiago Silva and fight Rampage Jackson at UFC 130, according to the middleweight's manager. Silva was pulled from the event due to delivering a positive drug test at UFC 125, and Jackson was eventually matched with former TUF participant Matt Hamill. However, according to Mike Roberts, Sonnen put his name forward to step up from 185lbs to light-heavyweight, for what would have been a blockbuster encounter. "The thing about Chael is when he does all these interviews, and he sounds crazy when he says 'I'll fight any man God ever created', he's telling the truth," Roberts told MMAWeekly Radio. "When Rampage's initial opponent went down before all this fiasco was going on, before Hamill stepped in to take the fight, when that went down I was with Chael and he was like 'I'd love to fight Rampage.' And I was like, 'but you're a 185-pounder' and he was like, 'I'd fight him in a heartbeat,'" Roberts said. Sonnen had hoped to be back fighting by UFC 130 following a suspension for abnormal levels of testosterone, but he is currently without a fight licence. That remains his immediate goal before an expected fight with Michael Bisping, but Roberts insists he would not be surprised if the American was seen in the 205lb division in the future. "Fighting big fights at 205 would not be a problem for him," Roberts commented. "[Chael said] whoever they think is the toughest guy, that's the guy I want."

Bisping Made to Wait as Sonnen Hearing is Delayed

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Chael Sonnen's absence from the Octagon will continue after his hearing for a money laundering case was postponed on Monday. Sonnen must now wait until April 8 to have his case heard, so his contract with the UFC will remain frozen for the foreseeable future. The middleweight fighter has pleaded guilty to the charge, which relates to mortgage fraud. The government has recommended two years' probation rather than a prison sentence, with Sonnen also giving up his Realtor's license in addition to paying a $10,000 fine. Public information officer Gerri Badden offered no reason for the postponement of the hearing, only commenting that delays were "quite common", according to MMA Fighting. Sonnen has been linked to a fight with Michael Bisping later this year.

Anderson Silva Film to Premiere in April

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A film about the Ultimate Fighting Championship's middleweight champion will have its debut next month. This year's ESPN/Tribeca Sports Film Festival will include the worldwide premiere of Like Water, a documentary about Anderson Silva, according to a list released Monday. The festival runs from April 20 through May 1 in New York. Filmmakers followed Silva last year as he prepared for his Aug. 7 fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 117. During that training, Silva injured his ribs, an incident addressed by the documentary, according to UFC President Dana White. The Sonnen fight proved to be the most difficult bout of Silva's UFC career. The challenger controlled the action on the ground for most of five rounds before succumbing to Silva's triangle choke with less than two minutes remaining. Specific movie times haven't been released yet.

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