UFC fighter Chael Sonnen appeared on Off The Record in Canada on TSN for an interview with host Michael Landsberg. Normally, this wouldn’t be cause for news. However, what resulted was the most laughable attempt at a sports interview in the history of human beings answering questions from each other. In fact, the first attempt at Landsberg’s interview with Sonnen goes so bad they attempted a reshoot. The whole problem revolves around Landsberg suggesting Sonnen “backed down” from his ridiculous proposition towards UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva as his opening question.
Sonnen is a bit of a loose cannon, but this, THIS video makes a Mike Tyson breakdown look normal. This video makes Jim Rome’s sit down with Jim Everett look like Inside The Actor’s Studio. The following interview is such a colossal clusterf*ck that it just has to be seen to be believed. After that opening exchange, the interview takes a trip into Bizarro World and never comes back until Sonnen finally walks off his remote location during Take #2. Among the highlights from Sonnen…
“You might want to take the bass out of your tone, I’m not sure you know who you’re talking to here.”
“What show am I on here, is this for public radio?”
“Should we just redo this, or do you just want to go on the air and look like a fool?”
“Is that how you guys do business in Canada? ’Cause in my country that created business, offers expire… you guys probably don’t do that in socialism, but in America, in a capitalistic society, that’s how things work.”
I suppose Chael Sonnen has never heard of the Silk Road or any other operation of business pre-1776. Good for him. And those quotes are only from the first attempt at the interview. It gets better in Part II…