Outspoken and outrageous Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight, Chael Sonnen, finds himself right smack in the middle of a not-so prestigious list that includes sports figures such as pro-tennis star Serena Williams and NBA Commissioner David Stern.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Sonnen is number five on its top 10 list of sports villains for 2011. Here is the description:
5. Chael Sonnen -- A one-man MMA goon squad who has ripped on Octagon girls, stormed out of interviews and makes WWE declarations to beaten opponents. The highly-ranked American middleweight had off-octagon problems as well. In January, he pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud and received two years' probation.
With his knack for getting a rise out of anybody on the promotion's roster with his verbal attacks and quick wit, the former NCAA All-American wrestler has never been one to shy away to speaking his mind.
So much so, in fact, that UFC President Dana White says he hasn't seen (or in this case heard) anyone have a way with words since the great Muhammad Ali. UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, as well as most fighters who hail from Brazil, have been the primary target of Sonnen's one-man good squad.
However, no one is seemingly safe from his sharp tongue, including other sports figures such as seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and even UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste, among others.
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