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26  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Holly holm gets signed on: July 11, 2014, 04:02:04 PM
After stating that the UFC was not interested in Holm dana announced that they signed her. Cyborg's announced that she plans to drop down to 135 later this year. Cat Z is back as well. Holm will apparently get a couple of tune up fights before she faces Ronda. She's training at the Jackson-winklejohn camp. I figure the UFC feels confident that Ronda's striking has improved sufficiently and she should be able to hold her own against strikers.

In other news yet another UFC fighter Ali Bagautinov tests positive for EPO.

EPO was in the MMA news as recently as a couple of weeks ago when Chael Sonnen tested positive for both EPO and HGH. EPO allows your blood to carry more oxygen which significantly increases stamina (one of the key drugs involved with the Lance Armstrong scandal)

Let 'em juice up to the gills and scrap i say.
"Ave, Dana, morituri te salutant"
27  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ramadan Form :) on: July 11, 2014, 03:34:01 PM
That reminds me ....hobbit 3 should be screening later this year Cheesy

Brutal rag hanging in the background and a door that looks like its barely survived the latest explosion
28  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: UFC 175 on: July 05, 2014, 09:44:25 PM
Too little too late. By the time weidman started feeling the effects of the weight and slowed down Lyoto started turning it up and controlling the pace. Lyoto had trouble getting his timing down to intercept chris in the earlier rounds.

Look like the makings of a future gameplan is emerging. Drag chris into deep waters.
29  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: July 03, 2014, 01:49:32 PM
Pic of the day, by a mile!

30  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Mixed Martial Arts (MMA/UFC) / Stone cold talks mma on: July 02, 2014, 12:21:43 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JreHFqbjo24" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JreHFqbjo24</a>

Pretty entertaining.
31  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Chael Sonnen - Gone on: July 01, 2014, 04:47:17 PM
Yes but why would Penn start lifting weights like he did if he didn't think strength would make him better? And if he lifted weights for strength, then certainly PED's would be the next logical step...

Technically he should have looked into an enhancer that jacks up his endurance. That was always his weak point.
32  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Chael Sonnen - Gone on: July 01, 2014, 04:45:22 PM
Interestingly one of GSP's reason for staying out of the ufc was his insistence for tougher testing. He's been accused on numerous occassions for juicing himself. He insisted on paying for himself and Hendricks to undergo strict testing but Hendricks backed out. He's gone on record stating that UFC needs to institute stricter testing protocols. He's also a VADA sponsored athlete so maybe this plays put in his favor.

re chael- he 'll most likely be back in the UFC by next year. He's one of Dana's golden boys so he just needs to sit out the storm. When he got caught first he had ratio of 16:1 the highest ever detected until brian bowles got caught with 20:1. If the UFC wanted to make an example he should have been fired a long time. He'll be back as an announcer or media personality for the UFC. I doubt he'd go anywhere else because he wont want to burn his bridges with dana unless its with dana's approval. Franklin got dana's blessings before moving on to onefc. Tuesday night on FOX Sports 1, White spoke on the matter, saying it wasn't easy to cut someone he considers a friend.

"You know, its never easy making decisions like this," White said. "You know, Chael is a person I personally care about, I know a lot of people at FOX care about him too. The guy had four banned substances in his system. Four banned substances in his system leading up to a fight here in Las Vegas."


Ped - as nearly everyone on this thread mentions its an ongoing saga. Everyone uses some variant. It will be interesting to see the waves the new more sensitive testing will cause within the mma ranks. Apparently bellator doesnt test much if at all.

I presume chael is still fighting at metamoris
33  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Chael Sonnen - Gone on: July 01, 2014, 04:29:50 PM
Didn't Penn at one time say working out with weights is dumb for fighters and then he started himself working out with weights?

Penn says a lot of dumb stuff. Like the time he fought gsp he claimed he would die in the ring and would never quit. He quit by the end of the 3rd or 4th round.

34  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Mixed Martial Arts (MMA/UFC) / MMA History - Gracies are 'alpha males trying to impress the old man' on: June 20, 2014, 05:53:33 PM
In the early 1990s, Art Davie was an advertising executive who wanted to stage a tournament aimed at answering the age-old question of which martial art was most dominant.

Davie’s idea led him to Rorion Gracie, who’d been selling VHS tapes that chronicled the results of his family’s long-running challenge to practitioners of other martial arts. The two partnered to create an event that would forever change the way people looked at hand-to-hand combat – the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

While the concept for the event was taken from Davie’s early experiences as a martial artist and several one-off mixed fighting exhibitions, the soul of the event would ultimately belong to the Gracies. The performance of Royce Gracie in the UFC’s first event would spawn a movement that made MMA a sport and the promotion a household name.

As Davie recounts in his new book, “Is This Legal,” a tell-all about the UFC’s early history, the Gracie family’s relationship to the UFC was a complicated one, fueled by internal dissent, ego and greed as much as by the iconic bond seen in the promotion’s early days. While family members walked to the octagon in a train, with hands on each other’s shoulders, there were always politics at play when it came to the ambassadorship of Gracie jiu-jitsu.

“A lot of it was due to the Gracie family dynamics,” Davie told MMAjunkie Radio. “I never could keep track of all the drama. They’re a complicated group of alpha males, and every one of them, ultimately, was trying to impress the old man.”

The old man, of course, was Helio Gracie, a pioneer of Gracie jiu-jitsu whose no-holds-barred fights in 1950s Brazil were a precursor to MMA. The drive to honor the man’s name and cement his legacy shaped some of the decisions made in the UFC, according to Davie.

When it came time to decide which Gracie would represent the family in the “octagon,” a structure conceived by Hollywood director John Milius, Davie assumed it would be Rickson Gracie, whose fighting reputation was already well-established. But that selection ran contrary to the idea of the family’s art, which favored leverage over brute strength. The best representative to illustrate that idea, as it turned out, wasn’t the most physically imposing specimen.

Instead of Rickson, it was the taller but physically slighter Royce Gracie, who had fought in Gracie Challenge tapes but was far from a professional competitor.

In Davie’s words: “All along, I’m thinking Rickson is the family champ. He looked like a cross between Marlon Brando and Mike Tyson. He was a stud; he was a jaguar.

“I once took a morning exercise class with him; (now famous MMA referee) John McCarthy was in that class. It was about an hour-and-a-half long. After 45 minutes, me and every other cop from the Torrance (Calif.) police department that was in that class, we dropped out. One-legged squats? I couldn’t handle it.

“Rickson was the stud. He had done professional fights. And at one point, Rorian says to me, ‘It’s going to be Royce.’ I said, ‘Royce? He’s the guy who babysits your kids. He lives in a little apartment above the garage with a piranha in a hexagonal fish tank. He ain’t got no checking account, no car.’ I’m not even sure he had a girlfriend. Royce? He said, ‘It’s going to be Royce.’

“He used to call me Arturo. He said, ‘Arturo, the cool thing about Royce is, he don’t weigh but 176 pounds soaking wet, and my father used to weigh 140, taking down guys bigger than him. People, when they watch him do this, they’re going to be amazed. Rickson, when he stares at you, you’re going to fall apart.’ So it was brilliant on Rorion’s part in some ways.”

Of course, there was another very practical reason why Rickson Gracie didn’t compete in the first UFC: money. The now-retired jiu-jitsu master met with Davie and Rorion Gracie in the early stages of mounting the event and demanded a princely sum to fight in the octagon.

“Rickson wanted a million dollars,” Davie said. “He said, ‘You and Rorion are making the big bucks. I want a million dollars.’ I said, ‘We ain’t making that kind of money, and we ain’t paying that kind of money.’”

And so the dominant Gracie would sit on the sidelines when his half-brother famously submitted three straight opponents in one night to win the inaugural UFC. But according to Davie, it was Rickson who was responsible for convincing Royce to even get in the cage for the dangerous competition.

“Rickson had really prepped Royce, so whatever the problems they had that I wasn’t aware of had been put under the carpet,” Davie said. “In a very real sense, Rickson had put his spine into Royce’s back. At the show, I heard later on from Todd Hester, the publisher and editor of Gladiator Magazine, that Royce had lost it in the rehearsal. He was down on his knees crying, and Rickson was cradling him like a father. He said Rickson was holding him, like a dad holds his son, and comforting him.”

Still, despite that support, Davie believes Rickson may have had some second thoughts about his decision not to fight at UFC 1. That night, a legend was born, and another was relegated to the background.

“The three most unhappy guys at the Monster’s Ball on Saturday night (after the event were) Pat Smith, who’d gotten caught in an ankle lock by Ken Shamrock, and Ken Shamrock, who couldn’t believe that a 175-pound guy in a gi had made him tap out,” Davie said. “And the third guy was Rickson Gracie.”
35  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Jay Cutler Arrested in NYC today for possession of .... on: June 20, 2014, 05:46:21 PM
Hell in a cell.

Can't bar Jay(l) bird
36  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Chael Sonnen - I'm back bitches on: June 20, 2014, 05:40:15 PM
Yes...Tito Ortiz

Nahh dana will do business with tito occassionally. With Shamrock...never.

He's apparently not too thrilled withhis own mother after she wrote a tell all book about him.
37  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Chael Sonnen - I'm back bitches on: June 20, 2014, 05:37:12 PM
Is there anyone Dana White hates more?

Yes..Frank Shamrock.
38  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: New video released in death of Mr. El Paso Daniel Saenz on: June 20, 2014, 05:36:05 PM
How can they slap shoot?
39  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Chael Sonnen - I'm back bitches on: June 20, 2014, 05:28:07 PM
......just not in the UFC

Chael Sonnen may have retired from MMA, but that doesn’t mean he won’t compete again.

The former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title contender has agreed to enter the Metamoris 4 mat in a no-gi match against two-time jiu-jitsu world champion and ADCC winner Andre Galvao, sources told MMAFighting.com. BJEE.com reported the news earlier this week.

Metamoris 4 takes place in Los Angeles on Aug. 9.

A decorated wrestler, Sonnen earned five of his 28 professional MMA victories via submission, notably against Mauricio Rua and Brian Stann. Galvao returned to grappling after a 5-2 run in MMA and won the ADCC 2011 weight and absolute divisions, defeating the likes of Rousimar Palhares and Gunnar Nelson. He became the ADCC 2013 superfight winner with a submission over Braulio Estima.

 Josh Barnett vs. Dean Lister is also set for Metamoris 4.


Interesting since bJJ isnt one of Chaels stong points. Good for Metamoris. That should help get get the promotion more attention. Guess he changed his mind about choosing his health over his sport.
40  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: On Bruce Lee on: June 13, 2014, 11:38:08 AM
Some new pics of Alucard


When wearing a Tapout-shirt isn't enough



Hahaha

The tapout founders were sponsoring mma fighters back when there were very few sponsors and mma was considered illegal. Its unfortunate that their brand is now associated with wannabes.
41  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: On Bruce Lee on: June 13, 2014, 11:30:49 AM
That's the classic hearsay that fuel the myth... Challenged on set and not one single recording of what happened, funny stuff... I also had some "streetfights" when i was in school, does that make me a fighter? Hell no... Don't believe this stuff, he was an actor, not a fighter...

Its not hearsay - its from credible witnesses who were actually there. A recording? Yeah cause everyone back then had camera phones and filmed everything that happened. Roll Eyes.

One of the most bizarre asumptions people tend to make is they view movie fights as though thats how a martial artist would actually fight in real life. Acrobatics, squaring off, taunts etc. When filmed martial artists often overexaggerate everything for the camera. Kicks are fancier and done slower to look more impressive for the camera.

Bruce pointed out several times that no one fights for real like they do in a camera. A real fight is nasty brutish and doesnt involve fancy moves. Van damme once stated that he'd never do his camera style moves when he actually competed. Chuck Norris was another guy who echoed the same sentiment.  Maybe you think bruce would start a real fight with a stance, pause a few seconds to glower at his opponent and frequently make yipping sounds when he threw a punch or kick. Yeah thats how he really throws down right?


That was one the fundamentals of bruce Lee's research and practice into fighting - how to finish off your opponent off as quickly and directly as possible. Bruce lee learned martial arts specifically because he was losing as many fights as he won in hong kong. He was part of a gang in hong kong and gangs usually squared off against each other constantly He chose wing chun because it was the most direct and efficient style he could find at the time. He later evolved it to add boxing, wrestling, thai kickboxing, basically anything that helped to win a fight. He was the real deal. He was a fighter who got into acting. Not the other way around. Same as chuck norris, van damme, and several others. He also trained world champions lime Joe Lewis and chuck Norris.

 Go ask some old school genuine fighters like bob wall, bill wallace, blinky rodriguez, jeff Smith or benny urquidez if he was a fake and watch them laugh at your ignorance. Look at some of the interviews done with gene la belle, a real old school wrestler,tough guy and stuntman. Gene said many times that bruce is the real deal.

Movie fights are exaggerated for your entertainment. Oddly enought before bruce Lee movies old kung fu movies had even more exaggerated flowery style fighting and the reason bruce lee movies became popular was because audiences thought  that the fights in big boss looked more real than anything they had seen in the past. Thats what catapulted him to fame.Martial arts movies have evolved again to the popularity of MMA. Now you see armbars, triangles etc making their appearance in movies in order to keep up with reality.
42  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Chael Sonnon. Cheater or Quitter? on: June 11, 2014, 07:12:17 PM
Apparently vitor has been pulled from the 175 card since there is no official opponent. This means that he doesnt have to face the NSAC inquiry because he no longer needs to apply for a licence to fight in Nevada...for now.  Wanderlei has been called in for an inquiry about his avoiding a drug test but if wandy isnt assigned to compete anytime soon he may be able to duck the NSAC as well.

I've got a hunch that Chaels retirement might be temporary. He got himself off the NSAC crosshairs and may unretire once he figures out how to circumvent the system. I wouldn't bet on it but I wouldnt be surprised to see him return by the end of the year or maybe next year if the price and opponent is right. Anderson is scheduled to return in 2015. He would need a tuneup fight. A tuneup fight with selling power. Chaels that guy.
43  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Chael Sonnon. Cheater or Quitter on: June 11, 2014, 06:01:12 PM
Awesome rhetorical question there boss!

I say INNOVATOR! Chael will end up doing SOMETHIN great....dude is talented beyond fighting.

You're right.

He made anderson Silva into a superstar. Silva really got elevated thanks to Sonnen selling the first fight with all the trash talking and nearly winning. Everyone was waiting for the rematch. In wrestling terms sonnen played the perfect heel character to put over Anderson and was working on getting wanderlei over until wanderlei lost the plot and instead turned Chael into a babyface.

He also stepped up to take fights on short notice and in the process elevated his own career as an analyst on FOX. Well spoken and smart like a fox when it came to creating opportunities for himself. I wouldnt be surprised if he became a promoter for the UFC down the road. White made statements that effect that he thought Chael would be the best replacement for him.


44  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Chael Sonnen Retires - Cheater or a Quitter? on: June 11, 2014, 05:41:47 PM
The answer is both.
Chael announced his retirement from mma with a record of 28-14-1

He'll probably be back once he and his doctor figure out a better way to beat the system.
Entertaining guy nontheless. He'll probably continue as an analyst.
45  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: June 09, 2014, 09:20:32 PM
f


RIP Nasser Cheesy
46  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Mixed Martial Arts (MMA/UFC) / The voice vs Frank Dux on: May 23, 2014, 03:21:36 PM
http://av54.hls.vimeocdn.com/i/,61286/194/255728182,.mp4.csmil/master.m3u8?primaryToken=1400888122_32d65ad523cb540f944a21ff5edb5a05

Claimed to have taught bas rutten the liver punch.
Won 329 fights.
Made chong Li tap
The UFC should have been the Frank Dux championship...damn gracies ripped off Frank
Paid to KILL steven seagal Shocked

And more....
47  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Gracie gonna Gracie.If they could skull fuck you,you probably should let them in on: May 21, 2014, 11:20:22 PM
This is all Dana White's fault.

That eightball uncle fester looklike clearly refused to let Renzo back in the Octagon for one last match. What's a gracie gonna do? He had to take it to the street to get a win to get back into title contention. Had this fight taken place in the cage the security guard could have tapped out before getting his elbow broken. Steve Mazzagatti the best ref in the business could have been reffin this barnburner match. What a royal clusterfuck. Renzo may be looking at prisontime. All because Dana can't keep his ego in check and do what's best for the sport.

Fuck you Dana and fuck the uniforms you're trying to dress the fighters in.

48  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Mixed Martial Arts (MMA/UFC) / Eagles of Bettendorf on: May 16, 2014, 03:22:09 PM
Long article but it gives a the history of a once legendary camp -MFS.

http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/3/13/5499090/the-eagles-of-bettendorf


Teasers

"I got him in like 40 submissions and I couldn't finish any of them, he was so strong. I actually put him in a guillotine, lifted him off the sheet, and ran him into the wall. He went limp and was unconscious for a second. I let go of the choke. He slumped down to his knees, woke up, and fricking power-doubled me all the way across the room, slammed me on my back, and kept going.

"Afterwards I said, ‘Okay, what are you on?’ Because there’s no way anybody can be this strong and not be on steroids. And he goes, ‘What do you mean?’ I said very bluntly, ‘What kind of fucking steroids are you taking?’ And he turns to me and gets angry and says, "That's an insult. I've never been on drugs in my life. Don't ever say that to me again.’ That's just the way he was. He was a naturally cock-strong farm boy with killer instincts."

---—
White caught on to what Cox had done, and became livid.

"Dana calls me back, ‘You guy, you’ll never do business again in this sport again, you think you can fuck with me? And I go, ‘Dana, if we don’t honor the contracts, why have contracts at all?’"

—---

"The funniest thing was a show that we call the Sioux City Slaughter," he says, remembering the carload of killers he drove out to Plymouth County. "I brought up Matt Hughes, Mark Hughes, Jens Pulver, Nate Schroeder, all good guys. The guy I was partnering with out there didn't even advertise the show. There was like 32 people in there. I am pleading with my guys to take it easy on theirs.

"First fighter comes out, Mark Hughes. Picks the guy up, body slams him, over -- eight seconds. Next fight was Jens. I go, ‘Jens, I need time. Help me out.’ Jens kicked the guy in the head, broke his nose, dropped him, done in 25 seconds. The next one went 17 seconds. We’d literally been gone for five minutes, and I only had four fights left.

"I told my wife, ‘Go get the car, take it around back, and get all the shit. We’re gonna get out of here!’ The next fight went 30 seconds. The one after that went about 50 seconds. During intermission, the next fighter comes to me and he says, ‘I don't think I want to fight.’ He's watching his guys get killed. I go, ‘You’re the smartest guy here.’ My guys just slaughtered them. Matt Hughes got paid 100 bucks for that. To this day, whenever I see him, he says, The Sioux ... City ... SLAUGHTER."


Enjoy ya bastichs
49  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Mixed Martial Arts (MMA/UFC) / Vitor Belfort: 'I feel like an animal' without TRT on: May 05, 2014, 08:00:45 PM
Belfort dropped TRT and is back to training and says he feels great without the therapy, but his testosterone levels are far from the normal range.

"I feel like an animal," he said. "The Holy Spirit gives me everything I need. I’m training like an animal. Nobody trains harder than me.  Undecided

"My hormone stays at 200 today, and the normal range is from 300 to 800. (TRT) raised my levels to a normal range according to the commission. My hormone was at the same level of my opponents’, so they are in advantage now."

According to the Brazilian, the commission decided to ban TRT because he was knocking people out in the UFC.

"You have TRT in baseball, basketball and many other sports," he said. "Unfortunately, it became a myth (in MMA) because I was knocking people out. That was the problem, and not Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir and Dan Henderson using it."

"After TRT was banned, Dan Henderson fought Shogun (Rua) with TRT," Belfort continued. "That’s funny because a Brazilian can’t use TRT there (in the United States), but an American can fight here. If TRT exists in many others sports, why can’t it exist in MMA? If gives you no advantage, it only puts you at the same level of the other athletes.

"People say ‘oh, so you should retire.’ Yeah, you want me to retire so you won’t get knocked out. I won’t retire. I will be back and I will win."

____________________

Is the holy spirit code for his new doctor/dealer?  The guys who claim they would drop dead without TRT seem to be rejuvenated after being deprived of it.  Shocked
50  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Mixed Martial Arts (MMA/UFC) / Chael Sonnen credits Paul Heyman for saving TUF on: May 05, 2014, 07:58:02 PM
When Chael Sonnen went to Brazil for nine weeks to coach the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, he thought he prepared himself for every possible scenario.

The basic concept of his run on the show was simple and natural. He was going to be hated, since Wanderlei Silva is a legendary older native fighter whose career and body of work speaks for itself. While it doesn't happen every season, in the most notable seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, it comes down to conflicting coaches. While good guy and bad guy may sound and really is simplistic generally speaking, in conflict, fans will pick and choose. And in Brazil, they aren't likely to be picking an American who was best known for unleashing verbal barrages against a national hero in Anderson Silva.

But very quickly, Sonnen was thrown for a loop. He sensed the roles were reversing, that Silva's antics were going to make Sonnen popular in Brazil, something he didn't think was how it should be. And it's not what he wanted. While in Brazil, largely out of communication with the U.S. past the Internet, he went to someone for advice. He knew, given that everything on the show had to be kept confidential, he'd have to confide in someone he ultimately could trust, because he had signed non-disclosure agreements. Out of seven billion people on the face of the Earth, he chose Paul Heyman,

Paul Heyman is, if nothing else, a brilliant pro wrestling character. He was the mastermind behind Extreme Championship Wrestling in the 90s, and for the last 13 years, has worked on-and-off with World Wrestling Entertainment, at times behind-the-scenes, and at other times as a television character. He's had a string of well-publicized real-life breakups and makeups with the ruling McMahon family. Those who know both would say there are a number of similarities between the Sonnen and Heyman, in that both are strong self-promoters with a gift of gab, and a way of talking themselves out of trouble.

Heyman is known by many in MMA, because he worked with Lesnar during his UFC run, and there was a solid  chance he would have wound up with a promotional position in Strikeforce before that company was sold to UFC.

"I've never met him, but I know what he's done," said Sonnen.  "He's a little bit older than me, so I felt I could trust him. I'm breaking a confidentiality agreement but there were circumstances where I was jammed up and I had to make an executive decision."

And while it may be an overstatement, Sonnen credits him for saving the season.

"It was crazy," Sonnen said about his early interaction with Silva. "He gave me the silent treatment for ten days. I never knew what I'd get. It could be passive aggressive, aggressive, just passive, angry, or confrontational. Every day I had to take his temperature. I didn't know what mood I was going to see him in. Some days he'd walk right past me, and that was a good day, with no shoulder bump, and no scowl. Some days I'm coming in and he would put in his mouthpiece, like we're about to fight."

"To say he was ruining the show may be extreme, but the interaction between he and I is an element of the show that's important. There has to be the interaction of the coaches. It's an important factor. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know how to handle this.  This is the same time I'm losing my grip  on my character as a heel. I can feel it slipping away. He's being aggressive. He's skipping practices. He's partying. I don't know what to do. I don't know how to handle this."

Sonnen said he was at a loss for how to overcome it, because at the time, he didn't know if the Silva silent treatment would last another 50 days. So he got an e-mail address for Heyman, and contacted him. Heyman at first wondered if it was a practical joke, because while he certainly knew of Sonnen, he didn't know him.

"Paul was a guy that even without knowing him, I knew I could trust him," said Sonnen. "We have mutual friends, Brock Lesnar and (former pro wrestling headliner) C.M. Punk. I knew he was an expert in psychology and I was stuck, working through this spot, having to deal with this, him not talking to me and the reversal of roles that I didn't see coming."

"He told me, `Listen, you have to shoot (be completely real, not holding back verbally) on him. If he's not playing along, you have to drop everything and shoot on him.'  He laid it out a lot more aggressive than that. `You have to drop everything and come clean.' He went into it a lot more detail than that."

"In many ways, Paul Heyman saved Ultimate Fighter (Brazil) 3. He kept his word. He kept his secrecy up."

"So not only should we thank Paul for the huge ratings, but we can also blame him for all the bad things."

Sonnen said the entire time he was there, he was never sure there would be the big fight, mostly because Silva wasn't training and he thought that was strange.

"My feeling going into it was that it was a little shaky," said Sonnen. "My only piece of evidence is he wasn't working out on the set of The Ultimate Fighter. The Ultimate Fighter gym is the best mixed martial arts gym, they spend top dollar for every piece of equipment you might need. Then the fight broke out and I know after I felt him, I was surprised."

He was a little smaller, a little weaker and a little slower than I expected. He may have been surprised the other way."

In the quick skirmish, Silva threw a wild punch, Sonnen ducked and took him down on the concrete. Silva said he injured both his hand and his back. He went to the hospital to get his hand checked out, since he threw bare knuckle punches from the bottom at Sonnen. Sonnen was sucker punched several times by Silva's assistant coach, Andre Dida, while on top.

"I felt like I was okay, but I had dialog with some guys, including one guy in production the next day and he told me the dialog wasn't coherent the next day. I told him a story that I thought was a pretty good story, but I wasn't getting much of a reaction. He said, `The problem is, you told me the story yesterday.'"

Sonnen said his head certainly hurt, and he had some lumps, but he didn't feel like he had to go to the hospital.
But Sonnen concedes that even though he got the better of the first physical altercation, the fight on July 5 in Las Vegas will be totally different. And while he'll verbally take shots at Silva, he also recognizes the fight won't be a day in the park.

"This won't go down in a 30-second match," he said. "We're going to have to work hard. I can tease Wanderlei, but he's got tremendous heart, he hits extremely hard, especially early. He's a little wild, but if the shot lands, I'm not above being in trouble."
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