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UFC Quick Quote: Chael Sonnen is the best talker since Muhammad Ali

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LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Host and mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Host and mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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"(I've never seen) even anywhere near him. Seriously -- and everybody's going to go crazy over this -- but I've never seen anyone who can talk like this guy can since Muhammad Ali. Seriously. Since Muhammad Ali - the stuff that just comes right off the top of his head, and is hilarious. And you don't know what's real and what's not real."

-- UFC President Dana White dishes some heavy praise (via Heavy.com) to middleweight motormouth Chael Sonnen, comparing the former title challenger to the great Muhammad Ali. Not in terms of skill or winning the big one, of course, but rather his ability to spit hot fire on whoever has his attention at any given moment. Usually, it's 185-pound champion Anderson Silva, the Brazilian banger Sonnen has had in his sights for the better part of the past two years. He's an equal opportunity trash talker, though, so folks like Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Filipovic have also felt his considerable wrath. He's tamed the smack a bit recently, mostly because his upcoming opponent at UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28 in Chicago, Mark Munoz, is an old friend, but his tongue is still as quick as ever. Look no further than the recent press conference when his lip was on full display. But, as good as he is -- and he may be the best ever in MMA -- does Sonnen compare to Ali? Or is White just a clearly biased observer who is trying to pump up his employee? Opinions, please.