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PrimeTime Episode Reveals Tactical Approach Behind Sonnen's Trash-Talk

Even more lengthy and unbelievable than Chael Sonnen's highlight reels is the long list of bizarrely offensive comments directed at Anderson Silva and all things Brazilian. Whether it was the time he claimed he saw Minotauro Nogueira offer a carrot to a bus thinking it was a horse or that he misunderstood the rules in his UFC 117 fight with Anderson, it seems that any time Chael is under a bright light with a camera pointed at him, offensive and often inaccurate things tend to come out of his mouth. In fact, they're so bizarre that it brings one to wonder if he himself believes what he's saying to be true. Anderson SIlva's not the only one to claim that mental issues are to blame for his outrageous behavior. However in the more candid shots in the PrimeTime episode we saw a Chael that was far too focused to throw verbal jabs at well, anybody. It brought me to try to think of a time prior to any of Chael's previous fights that we heard such vitriol directed at his opponents and there simply is no such time. Perhaps this is due to the fact that none of his previous opponents have held the world's most esteemed and sought after title for almost six years and nine fights or made proven fighters like Forrest Griffin, Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson look rusty at best. This is truly a unique case. Even more unheard of his hearing the stoic and reserved Anderson Silva rage during a conference call on the many ways he's going to disfigure Chael Sonnen. All of a sudden one of the most collected and looked up to champions of our day is screaming into the phone and cutting short interviews for a UFC Prime Time special. If over twenty minutes of being taken down and thrashed isn't enough to alter Anderson's resolve and focus, perhaps over two years of seemingly crazed trash talk is. Despite what Chael says, he must know he's facing one of the greats and he seems to know it's going to take a little more than a quick shot and unrelenting ground and pound to beat him. He beat down Anderson like no one ever has and still came short. His trash-talk is as methodical as it is entertaining and perhaps now, after two years of getting into Anderson's head, Chael's achieved just the mental edge he needs to dethrone the champ. We'll only know come Saturday night.

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