Every few years it seems as though the UFC transitions from one prominent outspoken fighter to another. It could be argued that the early 90’s had Ken Shamrock, who then turned the reins over to Tito Ortiz, who ran his mouth for most of the first decade of the new century. Ortiz was continuously stirring controversy with his words until he became “The People’s Champ.” And now, the UFC has Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen has taken the framework of Shamrock and Ortiz and turned lip service up to an entirely different level within the UFC.

Sonnen, who didn’t really see a surge in his popularity until 2010, is somebody who the casual fan will listen to and have a hard time believing that anything in the UFC is “real.” He has such a way with words that it wouldn’t be wrong to say it is comparable to the thinking process of a freestyle rapper. When Sonnen gets going on one of his rants, there’s nothing his colleagues can do to prevent whatever is spewing out of his mouth.

For those that don’t understand why he says the things that he does, all you have to do is take a look at the fact that he is going to have his third title shot in five fights on Saturday night at UFC 159. If Sonnen doesn’t have the charisma and media presence that he currently has, there’s no way he is in any sort of title consideration.

The words from Sonnen have started to become that of a funny comedy act that keeps going back to the same bit and eventually loses its entertainment value. Recently, Sonnen stated he doesn’t have a contract with the UFC (which the Nevada State Athletic Commission has since debunked). How in the world can anyone believe that a highly regarded company such as Zuffa would allow any fighter to star in its flagship television show and headline pay-per-view events without a contract in place? With all of the fight cards that fell apart in 2012, why would the promotion choose to not protect itself in the event that Sonnen woke up one morning and decided he didn’t want to follow through on a verbal commitment? It simply doesn’t make sense.

The fact of the matter is Sonnen will continue to lose the respect and validity in his statements if he continues to talk like he is heading to Wrestlemania instead of the Octagon. He will continue to be looked at as more of a novelty until he either stops proclaiming ridiculous things or starts to win big fights. It’s one thing to talk with such a pompous persona (whether he’s joking or not) when you’re the king of your sport, but Sonnen continues to fail in big fights and I don’t know many (if any) people who see that trend coming to an end this Saturday night. When one thinks of Sonnen today, they think of the guy with the big mouth. He has overhyped himself so much and degraded others to the point that his actual fighting career has lost its substance.

Can Sonnen beat Jones on Saturday night? Sure, anything can happen on any given night. It’s just not a fathomable result unless Jones gets disqualified for something inside the Octagon or Sonnen somehow manages to lay on Jones for 25 minutes.

Assuming Sonnen loses, I hope to see him drop the act that has gone on for far too long. He is a tremendous talent in the broadcast booth and would be better suited to continue his comedic efforts towards that facet of entertainment. As a whole, fans are just tired of hearing Chael P. Sonnen talk about Chael P. Sonnen.

Photo: Chael Sonnen (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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Joe Chacon
Staff Writer

Joe Chacon is a Southern California writer that has also spent time as a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, as well as a Staff Writer for Operation Sports. Joe has a passion for the sport of MMA, as well as most other sports.