Well, if you ever get the opportunity to conduct an interview with Chael Sonnen, you might want to avoid any talk of his previous run-ins with the law. Sonnen was a guest on the Bald Face Truth recently hosted by John Canzano when the No. 1 middleweight contender didn't like the line of questions presented to him.
Canzano began discussing Sonnen's suspension for a positive testosterone test and guilty plea for money laundering. Well, as you can imagine, Sonnen didn't like that too much. A transcript of the incident has been provided by MMAMania.com.
Sonnen was suspended by the California Athletic Commission for the failed test, and was fined and placed on probation in the money laundering incident.
Canzano: You came on the show a couple years ago, since that time you've had the Anderson Silva fight, you got the suspension for the testosterone levels, you got the guilty plea in the mortgage fraud thing in 2011...how much of that stuff is behind you? How much of that stuff are you still dealing with?
Sonnen: Uh...It's all behind me. I've never been in any sort of mortgage fraud, I'm not sure where you guys get that term up. But every time I come on your show you make new things up...so. I guess it's good. I hope you're not still beating your wife, John.
Canzano: Oh c'mon. You didn't plead guilty to any kind of crime?
Sonnen: Well sure, but is that what you just said? Or did you state a crime, as you do every time I come on the show and say things that aren't true. And I said I hope that you still don't beat your wife.
Canzano: I said that you pled guilty to mortgage fraud...
Sonnen: Right, and I said that I hope you don't beat your wife and I was never even accused of mortgage fraud.
Canzano: What was it? Money laundering?
Sonnen: There you go!
Canzano: Okay, so it was money laundering. ...In connection to a mortgage.
Sonnen: But you can see the problem when I come onto your show and you make things up. Don't you see the problem when a hometown guy comes on and you make things up? This is why I don't like to do your show. You're unprepared, you're unprofessional.
Canzano: Look, I'm looking right here at the research. I'm looking at the case...
Sonnen: You're looking at the research?! I guarantee I know what you're looking at, you did Google. ANd I'm glad that you admitted it on the air that that's your level of research, John. You're about the most unprofessional guy there is. And, boy, I hope you're done beating your wife. Let's just call the interview over.
Canzano: Chael! Come on, man! Seriously?
*Sonnen hangs up*
Come Saturday evening, Sonnen won't get the chance to just hang up the phone, as he steps inside the Octagon with Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title. FightLine will have complete coverage of UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2.
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