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UFC 136 Results: Chael Sonnen And The Best Interview In UFC History

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UFC contender Chael Sonnen cut one of the best promos in UFC history last night. Will his rematch with Anderson Silva draw big at the box office?

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"Anderson Silva - you absolutely suck. I'm calling you out, Silva, but we're upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I'll leave the UFC forever." - Chael Sonnen

With those words, a legend was born. You never know what Chael Sonnen is going to say at any given moment. His interviews are as exciting as his fights. He's liable to defame an entire country, question the legitimacy of his opponent's wins, even drop in a joke here or there. His roaming one man show has taken him from unknown middleweight to one of the sport's most talked about fighters. And that was before tonight's epic post-fight challenge to champion Anderson Silva.

Lost in Sonnen's post-fight tomfoolery was an amazing performance against Brian Stann. The former Marine, frankly, didn't look like he belonged in the same cage with Sonnen. The Team Quest wrestler took Stann down at will, and once he got him there combined high level jiu jitsu with a wrestler's base. Stann was helpless - even an early referee stand up couldn't help him. Sonnen moved from side control to mount with flawless technique. When he secured an arm triangle, Stann had no choice but to tap out.

Sonnen deserves a rematch with Silva. At UFC 117 he took the champion into the fifth round. If not for a last minute miracle submission, Sonnen would be the champion. That in itself will help sell the fight. The hilarious pro wrestling style challenge will take it to the next level. If the UFC plays this right, this can get mainstream play. NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley certainly seemed to find it hilarious. I think America will have the same reaction.

The response, so far, has been overwhelmingly positive. Some purists will worry about the homage to Rowdy Roddy Piper. Concern that something that makes people smile and laugh is "bad for the sport" will be expressed - and should be immediately dismissed. The UFC is in the sports entertainment business. And it doesn't get much more entertaining than Chael Sonnen.