“Even if I thought I could get a submission I’m not lying underneath a grown man with my legs spread on worldwide TV. Some guys subscribe to that theory but I am a Republican and we don’t do that.”
Chael Sonnen is a quote machine. Should you ask him a question, you had better be prepared for his response. And Sonnen is never off the record.
To pull any quote from the American Gangster is to be entertained and educated. Whether he’s calling out Anderson Silva’s wife to cook him a steak or whether it’s calling out the country of Brazil for “playing in the mud,” Sonnen’s incendiary comments dig and dig and dig until his opponents and fans are swallowed in a sinkhole. And just when you think you can ignore him and his comments as bloviations, he does something like choking out MMA legend Shogun Rua in a weight class one step above his normal division. He makes his comments tangible or he owns up to them.
To short change Sonnen by looking into his encyclopedia of quotes and pull just one seems like a disservice. However, among everything that he’s said in his tenure as a competitor in the sport, one of the most revealing and rewarding quotes is when he said, “Even if I thought I could get a submission I’m not lying underneath a grown man with my legs spread on worldwide TV. Some guys subscribe to that theory but I am a Republican and we don’t do that.” However, even Sonnen won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.Embed from Getty Images
Nothing encapsulates Sonnen’s bluster, hypocrisy, and moxie, as well as the above-mentioned quote. It rings of something that promoter Dana White would say, so nothing would surprise me less once Sonnen hangs up his gloves if he were to take the reigns of UFC promoter from Dana White once White is ready to ride off into the sunset.