WATCH: Chael Sonnen Says He Will ‘Fight a Pencil’ in a Hilarious Rant Against UFC Analyst

Published 12/04/2020, 8:30 AM EST


Chael Sonnen is undoubtedly the most talked-about MMA fighter on the planet. Even after retirement, Sonnen never fails to make news headlines. ‘The Bad Guy’ is known for his extrovert opinions on MMA podcasts, analysis, and fighters. In a recent chat with Ariel Helwani, Sonnen was ‘annoyed’ with the Canadian holding a pencil in his hand during the show. The duo shared a healthy banter on the same.

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Sonnen said, “You wanna know another fight… that’s gonna happen in 2021 soon? It’s between me and that damn pencil you’re holding. I don’t get the pencil, you’re not writing anything down. I’ve seen people do this with a pen, I don’t know why you have a pencil! It looks like a very new pencil, I don’t think you’ve ever used it, I notice that eraser is brand new, I think that’s a problem, and I’m not sure, it’s actually ‘kinda driving me crazy.”

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When Helwani questioned Sonnen as to whether it annoyed him, he replied, “Yeah, the pencil is very likely to go down sooner than you might think.

Helwani believed that the pencil irked Sonnen because it brought back a few bad anecdotes of bullying from his high school time. Later, Sonnen labeled Helwani as an “iPhone guy” and questioned him about his use of a pencil. Furthermore, he advised him not to use an eraser and as it’s not a ‘math class’.

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Chael Sonnen and his wisecracks

Since his fight days, something motivated Sonnen to use his words to get into his opponent’s heads. Fans recognized him as one of the best trash talkers in MMA who build fights by healthily mocking his opponents.

He cracked up the MMA audience when he took to Twitter to tease his arch-rival, Mike Bisping, on an autograph. He tweeted, “It’s for the best. After I got through with Bisping the only person that would ask for his signature is FedEx.

Sonnen always popped on Twitter on anything pertaining to Mike Bisping. On another occasion, he reacted to ‘The Count’s TUF selection as a coach. He said, “Viewers: Prepare for the first season of TUF where both coaches speak English, and the show still needs subtitles…”

The veteran had a different equation for Anderson Silva and took a jibe at ‘The Spider’s’ inefficient fluency in English. He tweeted, ”Anderson just fired up Ed Soares and replaced him with a Translation App he got on his phone for $14.95.” 

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Sonnen retired from the sport in 2019 after losing to Lyoto Machida at Bellator MMA. Even at age 43, Sonnen can knock his opponents out in terms of trash talking and scoffing. What did you make of his trash-talking around Ariel Helwani’s pencil?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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