Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist
Michael Hiscoe MMATorch Columnist
As a fan, the positives of Chael Sonnen’s career definitely outweighed the negatives. To some, his trash talk was over the top and I’d argue that he became a bit of a parody of himself by the end. What Sonnen was able to do is demonstrate how a pretty good fighter can be put in a better position than an excellent fighter by being able to talk. This has lead to some poor imitations, but it also gave us Conor McGregor, so all in all, Chael Sonnen was very good for the sport.
Sean Covington MMATorch Contributor
Absolutely. Chael Sonnen talked a great game and backing it up was never really important. Before Conor McGregor, someone had to be a loud mouth and that man was Chael Sonnen. Chael had some good fights and a bit of success but his strength was in selling MMA to the audience, any audience. I won’t get into the fact that I 100% believe that first fight with Anderson Silva was fixed, I’ll just say that his career wasn’t exactly what it should have been but he certainly made the most of it.
Aaron Crider MMATorch Contributor
I think if people are willing to overlook Jon Jones’ actions, then they have to be willing to overlook Chael Sonnen’s. I’ve always enjoyed watching him fight — I’ve enjoyed his trash-talking even more. His positives don’t completely outshine his negatives, however, those negatives don’t completely obscure his positives.
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