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Chael Sonnen was born in West Linn, Oregon, where he began wrestling at nine. He went to West Linn High School, where he got a state runner-up. In 1996, Sonnen started learning boxing, hoping to compete in the UFC after graduating high school. Chael Sonnen trained under Fabiano Scherner and earned the Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Chael Sonnen started his mixed martial arts career in 1997 when he clocked 19. He defeated Ben Hailey in Vancouver, Washington. Afterward, he defeated future ICON Sport Middleweight Champion and Strikeforce Middleweight contender Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Chael Sonnen is a retired professional mixed martial artist and current professional wrestler. Some of Sonnen's quotes may offer insights into mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, while others may simply be humorous or thought-provoking. For children, Chael Sonnen's quotes may serve as a reminder of the importance of confidence and mental toughness in competition. They can also teach little kids the value of hard work and perseverance.
"As fighters, the stark reality is, there's times in that cage when we want out. There's times when we've had enough and we want out, and we're able to recognize defeat."
“If you're not willing to go too far, you'll never go far enough in life.”
"I was never a bully; I would take on everybody at any time. Whether that was the No. 1 guy in the world or whether that was the No. 100 guy in the world, it didn't make any bit of difference. If somebody wanted to fight, I would show up and fight."
"There should be forfeiture if you have to pull out of a fight. If you don't show up, it should be a loss on your record."
"When I was a little kid, I’d go outside with my friends and we’d talk about the latest technology, in medicine, gaming, and American ingenuity, and Anderson and the Brazilian kids are sitting outside playing in the mud."
"Wrestlers tend to do good in MMA because they tend to be just some tough guys. It's not a karate situation where they grew up their whole life punching the air; in a wrestling situation, you grab a hold of another human being every day."
“My dad was a plumber. That's hard work. He never missed a day of work. I will never disrespect him by not showing up for an athletic competition that has a maximum duration of 25 minutes.”
"I'm a God-fearing man, go to church every Sunday, and have since I was a boy. But if I ever found out that God cared one way or another about a borderline illegal fist-fight on Saturday night, I would be so greatly disappointed that it would make me rethink my entire belief system."
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"I love going to the ring hurt or sick or tired and trying to figure out how to win anyway."
"The UFC does not owe me a thing. Nothing. I am in debt to them."
"I will do a home invasion on you."
“For me, and people like me, fighting isn't what we do; it's who we are.”
"I wouldn't poke fun at someone if they were weak. I wouldn't bully somebody."
"I'm a tournament guy; that's what I grew up doing."
"Enter your e-mail at greenlightdaily.com, to join me at a UFC event."
“Send anyone you want, but don't send anyone you want back.”
"If Jon Jones, a potted cactus, and a slice of pizza from my oven were all on Jeopardy, Jon Jones would not make the final round."
“I never receive backlash for my comments. I receive praise.”
"I put Anderson out for a year, I'll put you out for a decade."
"The soreness you feel after a fight or after a good battle, it's the best feeling in the world. You might sit and complain about it, but you feel so accomplished."
"The greatest form of expression - or, at least, the most common that we have as human beings, what separates us from the animals - is speaking: the ability to communicate."
“Fighting is an expression. It's a form of speech, and that's why they call it martial arts. It's an art.”
“They'll tell you failure is not an option. That is ridiculous, failure is always an option. Failure is the most readily available option at all times. But it's a choice. You can choose to fail or you can choose to succeed.”
"All our careers end the same: Face down and embarrassed."
"My phone rings, they call me up and say, 'Chael, your testosterone level is too high.' I say, 'Well, how high was it?' They say, '0.7' I said, 'What's normal?' They say, '0.6'; I said, 'One-tenth? You're telling me I'm one-tenth higher than the average man? Re-test that - you must have caught me on a low day."
"All medicine is made to make you better. If it did the opposite, it would be malpractice."
"Every time you win, you get another fight. Every time you get a fight, you get promotion, marketing, and media. Those things are what makes stars."
"I will not pretend to be something that I'm not. I certainly won't do it to win the audience over."
“He’s a grown man with earrings. He’s a grown man with saggy pants, pink T-shirts, and crooked hats. Go join a gang, don’t get in the UFC.”
"The fight takes 15 minutes. The build-up takes 90 days. It takes that for a reason."
"I don't really know what 'respect' means. That sounds like something a kid in the street says after he's getting ready to take your coat and your shoes."
“Say what you want before the fight but when it's done, you accept the result.”
“I don’t wish him a bad life. I don’t have – or hope anything bad happens to him. I’m going to take his belt on Aug. 7 and Dana’s going to fire him on Aug. 8.”
"I've been in a position where I've been barely doing any damage, and the ref stopped it. It's just sport."
"Then Anderson's a big bully ya know. He goes out and says, just ridiculous things, like he challenges Frank Mir to a fight. Hes not qualified to make Frank Mir a sandwich."
"I'm not going to be one of the guys who hangs around if he doesn't have a road to the title."
"There's a camaraderie that comes with this sport, but fighting Anderson Silva is a lot like eating Chinese food: twenty minutes after I do it, I'm going to want to do it again."
"It doesn't matter if I'm a rival of Anderson Silva's or not; I'm also very objective. And I'm not going to take something from a guy that he earned. Anderson Silva earned the right to be called the greatest of all time. And those are just the facts."
"I've got two 10-8 rounds against Anderson Silva. That's just the truth. I have no equal at middleweight."
"I'm better than Jon Jones. I'm better than Sean Combs. I am even better than John Holmes."
"I am attempting to pick a fight with some Brazilian fighters. Not fighters that care about you, Brazil. Fighters that have abandoned you. Fighters that claim they’re from Brazil, like Wanderlei Silva, but he lives in a gated community in Las Vegas."
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