Sometimes it’s hard to tell if Chael Sonnen is serious when he goes off certain media members. Often times it’s part of the bit.
Today, during an interview on Canada’s “Off the Record,” Sonnen’s seemed pretty real. Towards the end of a contentious interview, Sonnen took off his microphone and bailed on the conversation.
OTR host Michael Landsberg began the discussion by asking Sonnen why he backed down from his challenge of “leaving the UFC” if lost to Anderson Silva in their eventual fight in 2012.
“You might want to take the base out of your tone, I’m not sure you know who you’re talking to here, but I’ve never backed down from anything, so check your facts,” stated Sonnen.
“What are you talking about?,” asked Sonnen. “What is this, your first day on the job? You’re mixing five different stories here. This is like doing amateur hour or something. What show am I on here? Is this for public radio?”
Sonnen said he couldn’t back away from an offer, since the offer was never accepted by Silva. That’s when his sharp tongue began slice away at Canada.
“That’s not how offers work. Is that how you do business in Canada? Cause in my country, that created business, offers expire,” Sonnen said. “I made him an offer, apparently it didn’t work, he didn’t accept it. It’s not that I backed down, but apparently I need to present him with a new offer. You guys probably don’t do that in socialism, but in America, in a capitalistic society, that’s how things work.”
Five minutes into the second take, Landsberg and Sonnen were still verbally sparring and the fighter decided to leave.
So who really snapped – Sonnen or Landsberg?
Quotes via TSN