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Old 01-26-2012, 03:32 PM
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Default Chael Sonnen Live Chat at 11:30am EST

I've been trying to post this info, but only just now got to. Here's the link:

http://blog.chron.com/fighting/2012/...t-1130-a-m-et/

I'll try to post the summary afterwards, too.
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OK, here's the text (Chael was about half an hour late, so I cut out the intro stuff where they were just stalling):

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11:59 - Jeremy Botter:
Sorry again, folks. I'm still told that he's coming - UFC PR folks are trying to track him down.

12:03 - Comment From AllanWhy do you say that Anderson Silva will never fight again? Is it only a hunch or do you have some hot info?

12:04 - Chael Sonnen:
I think he may fight plenty of people, but I don't think he won't fight me. Our business is done. I want to focus on guys who will sign contracts and get onto the topics of people who will fight me. So I am letting people know, we will not fight again.

12:04 - Comment From Jeff
Chael, what would be your first order of business if you were elected President of Brazil?

12:05 - Chael Sonnen:
I'm not an aficianado on that country or culture. But they have a guy down there who has a PHD in charisma. They have the number five economy in the world. We could probably take some lessons from their president.

12:05 - Comment From Jeff
What was Big Nog's reaction when the bus wouldn't eat the carrot?

12:06 - Chael Sonnen:
I think he was just confused. You never know. He may have thought it was a llama or a goat. It was a weird thing.

12:06 - Comment From Tiberiu Rusu
When walking out to the octagon at UFC 136, do you remember what you were saying to yourself? Your lips were moving.

12:06 - Chael Sonnen:
Yes, I do. But I'm not sharing it.

12:06 - Comment From Tiberiu Rusu
How did you choose 'Too Much Fun' as your entrance song? Any special meaning?

12:07 - Chael Sonnen:
It does. It dates back to college. I enjoyed the song and I always thought to myself, when I'm in the UFC someday, this is the song I'm going to walk out to. And I actually told my friend that when we were kids. He laughed because he thought I would never get in the UFC.

12:07 - Comment From Niall
how much do you walk around at before cutting weight? 217? of muscle steel and sex appeal?

12:07 - Chael Sonnen:
217 pounds of muscle, steel and sex appeal. Yes.

12:07 - Comment From Brett
What advice would Chael give a young amateur fighter or a fighter at the start of his professional career?

12:07 - Chael Sonnen:
Get a coach that you trust and respect. Show up every single day.

12:07 - Comment From David Rodriguez
Have you seen Anderson Silva singing in the Burger King commercia? If yes what are you thoughts?

12:08 - Chael Sonnen:
Yes I have. I thought he did a pretty good job.

12:08 - Comment From mike-nava
chael , will we ever see you in the wwe?

12:09 - Chael Sonnen:
Every time they come to Portland, I try to check out the show. But the last time I went, the tickets they gave me were up in the nosebleeds. Draw your own conclusions. My ego was affected that they invited me and sat me way up there. Why would you invite me if I can't see the show?

12:09 - Comment From domenic
who do you think truly built this business ? and how do you feel about the Gracie family and their contribution to the sport?

12:09 - Chael Sonnen:
The Gracie Family truly built the business of MMA. Anyone who starts a discussion about that doesn't know the fact. It's off limits. They are MMA royalty.

12:09 - Comment From Davy
Chael, how do u come up with the name Danger waffles for ur dog? its classic

12:12 - Chael Sonnen:
The dog is very small. He was supposed to get to 12 pounds. It turned out to be a con woman who fibbed about his weight. When I got him he was 4.2 pounds. That's what a girl weighs. I was embarrassed to have it. His little legs couldn't even climb up the stairs to go to bed at night. So I instantly named him Danger. And the next morning he jumped up on the table because he didn't know that table food was not for him. And when I came back to the kitchen, my waffle was gone. So I gave him the last name Waffles.

12:12 - Comment From mike-nava
if i walked the mean street of west linn oregon with my sonnen shirt, am i safe?

12;12 - Chael Sonnen:
100%.

12:12 - Comment From Dirty Dan
Hey Chael...Fellow Eagle Here...Lorenzo talked about fighter incentives during his ESPN interview...Being a guy who promotes fights better than anyone else, and since you've fought in other organizations what's your stance on how fighters are being paid in the UFC?

12:14 - Chael Sonnen:
It's sure been nice seeing the numbers rise as they have. My first fight was in 2005 and was headlined by a bum named Andrei Arlovski, who was the heavyweight champ. That's the biggest prize in the industry. And his pay that night was $9k to show and $9 to win. And they told us that night that they wanted to pay us more, and that as soon as they could, they would. They just couldn't at the time. But the very second they started to grow, they made good on their word, and everybody's numbers went up. I get that everyone wants more. I do too. But you have to have an appreciation for the honest they have and the generosity they have.

If this sport was like amateur wrestling, where you have to pay, I would still pay my entry fee and fight Michael Bisping on Saturday night.

12:14 - Comment From SprUtch
Do you really believe PRIDE was fake, and if so: do you think every fight was?

12:15 - Chael Sonnen:
I know that it was fake, without question. But not all of it. That was the briliance of PRIDE. They slipped in the fake stuff with the real stuff.

12:15 - Comment From Adam
Any thoughts on the retirement of Brock Lesnar?

12:16 - Chael Sonnen:
I am disappointed, but I am happy for him. He brings a presence and an excitement that is very rare. All he had to do was be him, to show up. He just has a presence. I was bummed. He was good for the industry and the company. But at the same time, I get it. If you can't fight, you need to not be in the fight business.

12:16 - Comment From Erik Franklin
Do you think the Bug (Anderson) will show up Saturday in Chicago and if so do you plan to address him once again, upon winning your bout?

12:18 - Chael Sonnen:
No and no. I don't think he's going to be here. I would imagine that would have slipped out and they would have used it as a marketing tool for the 2 or 3 fans he may have. I am just trying to get that guys name out of my mouth. I saved his career when they were going to release him. He's never repaid it and he's never done anything for me.

It's better for me to move on and to find some competitors who will actually compete against me. The quicker I can get his name out of my mouth, the better off I will be.

12:18 - Jeremy Botter:
That's all of the time we have with Chael today - he has a big press conference to get ready for, which you can watch over on UFC.com beginning at 2 p.m. ET. You won't want to miss it.
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