The UFC’s number one trash talker, Chael Sonnen, isn’t known for mincing words, and “The American Gangster” had some interesting things to say about Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s recent performance against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez during an appearance on Fox Sports Live.
Apparently, Sonnen isn’t impressed with the caliber of opponents Mayweather has faced throughout his professional boxing career.
“Look, Floyd needs to keep doing what he’s doing, which is fighting complete tomato cans that we’ve never heard of before,” Sonnen said. “I’ve never seen anybody in the history of America get so rich and so famous off of having complete wimps throwing punch at their faces.”
Very interesting comment, coming from a man who rose to superstar status in the Ultimate Fighting Championship thanks to a PED fueled performance against Anderson Silva at UFC 117, and his ability to annoy a decent portion of MMA fans.
Ironically, while Chael enjoys throwing stones at Mayweather from afar, he doesn’t seem to have any problem with Floyd’s marketing strategy since he clearly imitates it.
Like Mayweather, Sonnen generates interest in his fights with his arrogance and trash talk which rubs many in the MMA community the wrong way, while endearing himself to others at the same time.
However, unlike Mayweather, Sonnen isn’t exactly what most would call a winner, as the Portland native typically struggles against the elite fighters in MMA.
With a 29-13-1 professional MMA record and losses in every single title match he’s had in the UFC, Sonnen is a more fitting poster boy for making a bunch of money without ever excelling against top competition in combat sports.
If Sonnen had the winning mentality of elite fighters like Mayweather, Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre, he probably would be the highest paid fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship right now.
Don’t feel bad for Sonnen though. With a regular spot on “UFC Tonight,” and constant requests for appearances by various media outlets, Chael Sonnen is living proof that even those who can’t back up their trash talk in combat sports can still have very financially lucrative careers.