Chael Sonnen is currently set to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on Aug. 17, at the premier UFC fight card on Fox Sports 1, but the “American Gangster” claims his contract has expired, and he has some unique demands the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s brass must meet to resign him.
“My contract with the UFC has expired,” Sonnen explained during a recent Q&A session. “So I went to Dana White, and I went to him with a list of my demands because he’s getting my contract together. He thought this was a gag, but I was being serious because it’s not all about money with me.”
Even though Sonnen spent his earlier years battling for survival on the “mean streets” of West Linn, Oregon, the Portland native seems to have had enough of the gangster lifestyle, and he looks forward to enjoying the finer things in life.
True to his word, Sonnen isn’t looking for higher pay; he simply wants a few extra benefits from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Here are his demands — which he claims he’s already forwarded to UFC president Dana White:
“I think you should be aware of my demands. First, Jello Biafra replaces Bruce Buffer as ring announcer,” Sonnen said. “Secondly, every fight I’m in must be a No. 1 contender fight or a title match. If I lose, I get an immediate rematch until I win. No media can look me in the eye, or they will be removed from the room. No. 5: Headset legalized through the commission so I can call my own fights. No. 6: No longer will I walk to the ring. I need to be carried. No. 7: Keys to your least favorite Ferrari – I’m not asking too much. No. 8: I can Skype or FaceTime my fights if I don’t feel like flying. No. 9 – and it’s non-negotiable: tell ‘GSP’ to stop being such a [expletive]. I’ll return his truck when I’m done with it.”
Comments like these are the reason Sonnen remains one of the biggest draws in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, even though he’s yet to secure UFC gold in any weight class. Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny the fact that Chaelsy, as he’s affectionately called by his mother, understands the art of self-promotion better that most MMA fighters.