Chael Sonnen and Michael Landsberg, host of TSNs "Off The Record," put their differences aside for 12 minutes to "Save Olympic Wrestling."
And former WWF professional wrestling champion, Iron Shiek -- who was also an accomplished amateur wrestler for Iran back in the 1960s -- came along for the not-so-wild ride.
That is, of course, if we compare this latest installment to Sonnen's first "flabbergasting" appearance, which he followed up one month later by hijacking the interview and calling Landsberg, "the ghost of David Hasselhoff."
Sonnen began the bit discussing the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman outcome in the UFC 162 main event, assuring Landsberg that he doesn't think "The Spider" planned to get knocked out. He then touched on his upcoming fight with Mauricio Rua next month, as well as the UFC Hall of Fame induction of Stephan Bonnar, before turning to the topic at hand:
Sonnen is leading the charge of behalf of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community to convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have amateur wrestling reinstated into future games after it was eliminated to focus on "popularity, finances, tickets sold and governance."
In typical Sonnen fashion, he branded FILA (Federation Internationale des Luttes Associees) a bunch "knuckleheads" in previous interviews. And in the one above he continued the brow beating, vowing physical violence if the decision is not reversed.
The good news is that the wrestling will be included in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which could include legendary collegiate powerhouses such as Kyle Dake and Jordan Oliver. And the IOC has recently back-tracked on eliminating it from 2020 games and beyond, selecting wrestling, baseball, softball and squash to be considered for inclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina.