Chael Sonnen borrows his pre-fight trash talk from pro wrestling. It puts asses in seats and money in both his pocket and his opponents’ pockets. But it’s not real.
CM Punk’s real name is not Chick Magnet. Sonnen did not actually see Little Nog trying to feed a carrot to a bus. Still, some fights, the scathing effects of his trash talk can linger. That happened after Bellator 170; the now retired Tito Ortiz is still upset. Sonnen said Tito’s Rolls was being repossessed and had pointed comments about the mother of his twins sons, former adult film star Jenna Jameson.
“I didn’t say anything after the fight,” said Ortiz to FightHub, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “He came to my dressing room and said, ‘Good fight, it was an honor, da da da’ and I go, ‘You’ve got to apologize to me in public.’ So we’re gonna see if he has enough balls to apologize to me in public.”
“I’m a kid who has a lot of respect. I believe in respect. Talking about another person’s family is something wrong to do and for what he did, that’s just the wrong thing to do. That’s always my three rules of s***-talking: You don’t talk about a person’s family, you don’t talk about a person’s country, and you don’t lie about a person. He did all three of those things, and the big man upstairs took care of it.”
“I want to go out as my best, no matter what anyone says. I don’t want to go away when people say, ‘Well, he should have left a long time ago.’ I want people to go, ‘He should stay here, he should still stay around.’ But I’m gonna be 42 on Monday. I’ve been in this business for 20 years. I’ve done everything I wanted to do. I’ve became a millionaire, I bought my dream home, I bought my dream car, I bought my dream boat, I’ve been able to give my kids their college tuition, all three of my boys, so I’ve done what I needed to do as a parent, as a man on this Earth and what’s the next thing for me to do is find a different career.”