“He’s the Most Loyal Friend” – Ariel Helwani Backs Chael Sonnen Amidst Recent Troubles

Published 12/28/2021, 11:15 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: Chael Sonnen interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Chael Sonnen has recently found himself in trouble with the law. Days ago, news broke out about the former UFC and Bellator MMA fighter’s five misdemeanor battery citations. He got into an altercation with five individuals at a hotel. Hence, the cops had escorted him out.

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Amidst the controversy, his friend and famous media personality, Ariel Helwani, came forward to support him. Helwani took to Twitter to celebrate some of Sonnen’s iconic moments. He shared several memorable clips of Sonnen. These included their early interviews together and some of Sonnen’s best lines. In one particular tweet, Helwani wrote, “We can learn a lot from Chael P”.

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A series of tweets about Sonnen from Helwani’s account confused a few Twitter users. Although most were aware of Sonnen’s recent run-in with law enforcement, a few ended up confused. A fan wrote, “Did he die?”

Replying to this question, Ariel Helwani wrote, “Chael? No. Why do we only have to celebrate someone when they die? He’s the most loyal friend you’ll ever meet, and I felt like celebrating the entertainment he has provided us over the years. That’s all.”

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The journalist has interviewed ‘The American Gangster’ several times over the years. Likewise, they share a wonderful friendship. As a result, Helwani celebrating some of Sonnen’s best moments is not surprising. In response to his tweets, many fans too shared some of Sonnen’s clips.

Chael Sonnen demonstrates one of his iconic lines

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After his Bellator 192 bout against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Sonnen said some really memorable lines. He said, “I got the biggest arms, I got the greatest charm and I do all the harm. 1 on 1, 2 on 1, or 5 on 1, I’ll make them all need 911.”

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 17: Chael Sonnen is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his submission victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in their UFC light heavyweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Indeed, 5 on 1 is what exactly took place at the hotel. Further, it is said that Sonnen was defending his wife.

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Accordingly, many fans, along with Helwani, have come forward to defend the retired fighter. What do you think about Ariel Helwani backing up Chael Sonnen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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