I guess it's not just a Canadian thing, after all.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight number one contender, Chael Sonnen, who got huffy with Michael Landsberg and bailed on his interview during "Off the Record" last November, has once again decided to cast himself overboard when the ship started taking on water.
This time, it was Portland's 750 'The Game' with host John Canzano.
Sonnen was dutifully answering questions about his pending rematch against Anderson Silva, which takes place at UFC 148 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 7, 2012, when the subject of his previous legal troubles came to the surface. It was all downhill from there.
See why, after the jump.
Canzano: You came on the show a couple years ago, since that time you've had the Anderson Silva fight, you got the suspension for the testosterone levels, you got the guilty plea in the mortgage fraud thing in 2011...how much of that stuff is behind you? How much of that stuff are you still dealing with?
Sonnen: Uh...It's all behind me. I've never been in any sort of mortgage fraud, I'm not sure where you guys get that term up. But every time I come on your show you make new things up...so. I guess it's good. I hope you're not still beating your wife, John.
Canzano: Oh c'mon. You didn't plead guilty to any kind of crime?
Sonnen: Well sure, but is that what you just said? Or did you state a crime, as you do every time I come on the show and say things that aren't true. And I said I hope that you still don't beat your wife.
Canzano: I said that you pled guilty to mortgage fraud...
Sonnen: Right, and I said that I hope you don't beat your wife and I was never even accused of mortgage fraud.
Canzano: What was it? Money laundering?
Sonnen: There you go!
Canzano: Okay, so it was money laundering. ...In connection to a mortgage.
Sonnen: But you can see the problem when I come onto your show and you make things up. Don't you see the problem when a hometown guy comes on and you make things up? This is why I don't like to do your show. You're unprepared, you're unprofessional.
Canzano: Look, I'm looking right here at the research. I'm looking at the case...
Sonnen: You're looking at the research?! I guarantee I know what you're looking at, you did Google. ANd I'm glad that you admitted it on the air that that's your level of research, John. You're about the most unprofessional guy there is. And, boy, I hope you're done beating your wife. Let's just call the interview over.
Canzano: Chael! Come on, man! Seriously?
Transcription via Bloody Elbow.
Sonnen makes reference to the infamous David Stern interview, where the NBA Commissioner asked host Jim Rome if he "stopped beating his wife" as retaliation for what he perceived to be a loaded question regarding the legitimacy of the league's draft lottery.
Off topic = off the show.
No telling whether or not this bridge has been burned. It should be noted Sonnen eventually returned to "Off the Record" to finish his interview with Landsberg, so perhaps we'll see Sonnen patch things up with Canzano?
The outcome of UFC 148 could have something to do with that decision.