Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen took time out of his busy schedule training for his fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to drop in on Jim Rome's radio show as an entrant in the 2012 Smack Off competition.
If you're unfamiliar with the Smack Off, here's a synopsis via Wikipedia:
The Smack-Off is an annual competition on The Jim Rome Show, in which select listeners are invited to provide their best "smack talk", with Rome and his show personnel determining the winner. It is held in mid-to-late spring and takes up the entire program on a Friday. The contest is a way to recognize the best callers to the show, as well as a means of determining the best caller of the year. Show host Jim Rome has referred to the Smack-Off as the most important show of the entire year.
And today marked the crowning of the biggest mouth in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Rome announced as much on his Twitter account before going on to defend his decision against his legion of clones who felt the fix was in, seeing as Rome has been a longtime fan of both the UFC and MMA and has had a history with Sonnen.
#Smackoff 2012 champ....CHAEL FREAKING SONNEN. ... Some of you: "Fix was in. Rome wanted a celebrity to win." Right. Jay Mohr has never won. Jim Harbaugh was hammered for his appearance. ... I did what I've done 18 times now: given it to the best caller. There were a half dozen incredible calls. Sonnen's was the best. #Smackoff
Listen to the audio above and give us your thoughts on Sonnen's smack talk, the highlight of which may have been his declaration that "basketball used to be about great athletes. Now it's about who's taking their turn on a Kardashian next."
After the jump, read a complete transcript of Sonnen's rant.
"Enough of amateur hour and rookies calling in on bad cell phones. What a boring waste of our time, Jim. Me and the listeners would have rather looked at racy photos of Wayne Gretzky's daughter on Twitter than to have to listen to that again. Fans would be more entertained watching John Travolta practice rough trade than by some of these rants I've heard today. I've been in the presence of silent films that had better vocals than these guys that have got on.
"Hey Jay Mohr, I know you're out there listening, buddy. Loved you in Suicide Kings. It's an apt title for your career, by the way.
"Football, America's past time. Look guys, nobody cares what you do with the ball out on the gridiron for 11 minutes of action in a four hour game. It's about the beer people; take the beer out of the stadiums and you'll take the people out as well. I wish I could wear 40 pounds of Kevlar body armor, run 10 yards, then rest for two minutes. Hey guys, that's what I do before practice.
"Basketball. It used to be about great athletes. Now it's about who's taking their turn on a Kardashian next. I was going to work Kobe into this whole rant but what can I do to Kobe that god hasn't already done.
"Baseball. It's America's sport because Americans are obese, the end.
"Golf. That's the sport where Dancing With the Stars rejects go to die. The best thing Tiger Woods ever did was that hot Norwegian wife of his.
"NASCAR. Wow, I just love it. A bunch of guys with a tooth missing for every decade of their life thinking they're Vin Diesel or the Dukes of Hazzard. It just kills me. You know what else chases each other in circles, Jim? Headless chickens. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and getting a different result. Yet every Sunday, they take the same white privileged males, put them in the same car doing the same thing and we get a different result. FIXED. Let's not forget, NASCAR plays to the same uneducated, southern white males professional wrestling got its licks from in the 1970s. How many of your listeners have a car? How many of you listeners if you raced your neighbor today and beat him would expect to not also win tomorrow and the next day. Look guys, the only way the results change if you're in the same car doing the same thing is if you let the results change. WAKE UP, KENTUCKY.
"I should probably go off on my own sport for a minute but here's a question for you guys. I heard the winner gets UFC tickets, right? That's what I heard. I've heard you're all pandering, gabbering and whoring out for chuckles for a glimpse of yours truly. Well shucks, guys, I can understand and I'm flattered.
"Still undefeated Jim, still undisputed, you're listening to Chael 'Perfection' Sonnen and that, ladies and gentlemen, what you just heard, was the 'Voice of Reason.'"