Well, it's from an article about Chael Sonnen, written by none other than Thomas Gerbasi. Super good article, by the way. The whole thing is great and filled with things from the highly-quotable Chael Sonnen. The irony is that this article is mostly about his upcoming fight with Rashad Evans. Chael does his opponent honor and praises him in the most genuine fashion I think I've seen; really setting the standard for sportsmanship.
The character assassination I'm referring to is his description of Wanderlei, and Chael absolutely destroys him in this following quote:
“But Wanderlei sucks,” he continues. “Wanderlei has always sucked. He’s one of those guys where you kind of have to scratch your head because he’s likely to end up in the Hall of Fame. Wanderlei has a very significant and meaningful presence in MMA, but the reality is that he’s beyond awful. His record in the UFC right now is five wins and seven losses. It is the worst record in the history of the UFC. When you hear that, you probably go, ‘oh, Chael’s just trying to put him down.’ These are his numbers; this isn’t my opinion. He’s never been in a championship fight, he’s never been in a number one contender’s fight. He’s terrible. He takes easy fights and he still can’t win them. In no universe am I going to try to convince the fans that they should watch me and Wanderlei fight because this is somehow a good fight. It’s not. He’s terrible. I’m challenging him because he’s terrible and because I want an easy fight, and it looks like I finally got one.”
It's so scathing!
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