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Chael Sonnen: The truth is, full-time fighters are lazy and should be contributing to society

Like running a pizza joint in West Linn, Oregon!

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Number one middleweight contender, Chael Sonnen, continues the drumbeat of promotion for his upcoming fight against division champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117 on Aug. 7. But Sonnen, who is usually disparaging "The Spider" just about every chance he can, is also taking aim at the "lazy" guys who just want to train all day and not contribute to society.

From his conversation with the Houston Chronicle:

"Look, anybody who is a full time fighter is a full time lazy guy. There’s no way. What do we work out for, three hours a day? I’ve got a two hour session with Team Quest and a one hour session on my own each day. That’s three hours a day. I’ve got friends who spend more time playing golf. That leaves you 21 hours a day. You can either contribute to society or you can play Playstation. There is no such thing as a full time fighter. You can say that all you want, but unless you’re working out 40 hours a week — which you are not — it’s just not full time. That’s just the truth."

As far as his upcoming title fight, Sonnen admits that the Brazilian is probably a better fighter. However, his toughness and endurance will make up for whatever gap in talent appears on fight night.

His words:

"At the end of the day, he's still going to be better than me. He's still going to punch better than me and kick better. He's going to have a black belt in jiu-jitsu and I'm gonna have no belt in jiu-jitsu. But who cares? Who cares who is better? In 25 minutes, it's a matter of who is tougher, who can stand out there and go harder for a longer amount of time. Who can be hurt and stay in the fight anyway. Who's going to get tired and stay in the fight anyway. That's really it. He's gonna be better, and I'm fine with that. He's going to hurt me when he punches me, and I'm fine with that. But I'm gonna walk straight up to him, put him on his ass and beat a hole in his face. And as long as this sport has been around, that strategy has never been beaten."

Sounds like a plan.

But will Silva allow Sonnen to get that close, meaning we can expect (gasp) another game of keep-away?

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