August 05, 2010
Chael Sonnen's act is hilarious, but we're starting to think he doesn't know what he's saying half the time or he's schizophrenic.
Over the last three months, his prefight rants are some of the best we've ever heard in mixed martial arts. But every once in a while, he crosses the line. When pressed on it, he's often failed to explains things very well.
Today took the cake. Speaking with Ariel Helwani (VIDEO - 4:20 mark) of Fanhouse, Sonnen denied ever talking about Lance Armstrong or doing an interview with Larry Pepe (pictured during 1-of-5 interviews he's done with the fighter).
Sonnen was in hot water all over the web for throwing a controversial theory on the legendary cyclist and cancer victim.
"When you screw up, you have to own it. That stuff really gets under my skin. Take Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong did a number of things and he gave himself cancer. He cheated, he did drugs, and he gave himself cancer," someone who sounded like Sonnen told Pepe of Pro MMA Radio (1:32:37 mark). "Well, instead of saying ‘Hey listen, I cheated and gave myself cancer, don't be like me.' He actually made himself the victim and then went out and profited something like $15 million dollars from this ‘Hey, poor me, let's find a cure for cancer' campaign instead of just coming clean and saying, 'Look, here's what I did, I screwed myself up, and I hope people learn from my mistakes.' You just watch these guys and can't help but think, God, what a fraud."
Below, you can hear part of the 46 minute interview that Sonnen did with Pepe last Thursday at Noon PT (aired on Monday). The Armstrong remarks come at the 3:25 mark.
We caught up with Pepe tonight, who was perplexed by the fact the fact that Sonnen said he never did the interview.
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