It appears that Chael Sonnen is in the news again. And in typical Sonnen fashion, he took time out of his busy schedule of personal problems and scandals in order to spit venom at another fighter. My initial gut reaction was to make a post spitting just as much venom back, but there’s a saying that goes something like “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. But there’s also the saying about the pot calling the kettle black. In calling out Michael Bisping, Chael Sonnen pretty much makes himself out to be the blackest pot on the face of the earth. But I have to admit, this is one fight I’d love to see.
I’ll start by doing something I rarely do when I have a strong negative reaction to something. I’ll focus on the positive.
So, as I said, I think Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen sounds like a great fight on paper, and it makes sense for both men. Bisping wants a title shot and he’s closer than ever to finally getting one, and he’d probably get one if he beat the guy who by far came the closest to dethroning Anderson Silva. Likewise, Sonnen needs a big win over a major opponent to start his comeback after all his various scandals, and Michael Bisping fills that need quite nicely.
It would also be a pretty competitive match, since Sonnen is such a dominant wrestler and Bisping’s ground game is honestly a bit under-rated. Plus it would be very interesting to see how Sonnen’s stand-up compares to Bisping’s, which is at a pretty high level even though no one feels like giving him the credit that it deserves.
Also, and this is just a guilty pleasure on my part, I can’t wait to see these two go at it in the press before they go at it in the Octagon. Sonnen is a lot of things, chief of which is a hypocrite, but he’s always been a hilarious trash-talker. And Bisping is famous for his trash-talking as well. This would probably be a rivalry even more bitter than the one Jorge Rivera pulled Bisping into.
But now that I’ve said that, allow me a few minutes to state the painfully obvious: Sonnen is in a world of his own if he thinks he’s still relevant, and all these idle threats and challenges are just a rather pitiful attempt to keep his name in the press.
And do you know what the funniest thing of all is? I won’t even argue that Bisping can be unprofessional at times. I won’t argue that it was wrong of him to spit at (or near, as Bisping claims) Rivera’s cornermen or deliberately and illegally knee Rivera while he was down. But that simply pales in comparison to what Sonnen did, both in and out of the Octagon. It’s gotten to the point where Sonnen is launching ICBMs inside his glass house.
I honestly don’t even know why I’m surprised anymore. Sonnen has always been in his own world, it’s one of the main reasons he was able to so effectively talk trash about Anderson Silva. It’s part of his appeal, even. But the fact that he’s still off in his own world, still thinking that he’s in a type of position to vocally call out a top-ranked opponent, while the actual world around him has crumbled due to his own actions? That astounds me. It borders on insanity.
If Michael Bisping is the UFC’s idiot-in-residence, Chael Sonnen is the UFC’s jester-in-residence. Except we’re now laughing at him, and not with him.
But of course, that’s just what I think. So let’s get some debate going. As always, my flame shield stands ready. Let the replies commence!