Couldn’t agree more with Chael “real talk” Sonnen. How many times have we heard fighters (looking at you Vitor, Jones, Hughes) in their victory interview with Joe Rogan say “I want to thank Jesus Christ for this win.” Not to say that you can’t be a religious fighter, but what kind of god gives you powers to beat another man in to submission? ‘Devout Catholic’ Chael P. had some words on the matter recently with MMAMania.
“These guys are fist fighting in a steel cage for a paycheck and the applause of a drunken audience. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. And don’t bring up God. As a devout Catholic I’m tremendously offended when somebody acts as though God is playing a hand in a fistfight on Saturday night. Newsflash people: God has better things to do.”
Sonnen also touches on some assumptions as to why other fighters do not let their true feelings come out, as he’s become notorious for.
“Somewhere one of the, as they like to call them “the pioneers” — which simply means the old guys — somebody started that phenomenon about “this is how we answer things, and this is about testing our skills” and all of that crap. The domino effect happened and 20 years later here we are still doing that. I don’t get it, I don’t like it.
We’re not in class. You don’t have to give the teacher the answer that you think the teacher wants to hear. We can have an open debate, we can have an open discussion. Just be yourself.
Every now and then in this industry you’re going to run into a Shane Carwin, that just turns out he’s a really nice person. But, those guys are few and far between, man.”