Matt Lindland: The 'salesman' in Chael Sonnen comes from his pro wrestling fandom

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"First of all, Chael's always been a big pro wrestling fan. First and foremost. So we studied that sport and the entertainment side of the business for a long time. And I have to give Chael all the credit for going out there and doing it. Obviously he's a very intelligent man to be able to pull that off. To get people to believe it and buy into it, to actually believe it so much that they did it with their wallet. They opened up their wallets and said 'I believe in this so much I'm going to go ahead and put my money down to see you prove it.'  That says a lot. It shows what kind of salesman he is."

The show that Chael Sonnen put on in the lead up to UFC 117 was as polarizing as any fighter's hype job in recent memory. Dude said some crazy stuff. And though it appeared that Sonnen believed most, if not all, of what was coming out of his mouth, his coach and fellow Team Quest representative Matt Lindland says it was all part of his brilliant plan. "The Law" claims that Chael reverted back to his days of being a pro wrestling fan to do the best he could in selling the UFC 117 main event. And boy did it work. Early reports have the pay-per-view buy number at right around one million. So, my question to you is this: Are you for or against fighters blending the lines between professional wrestling and professional mixed martial arts when it comes to selling a fight? Sound off, Maniacs.

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