They'll tell you failure is not an option. That is ridiculous, failure is always an option. Failure is the most readily available option at all times. But it's a choice. You can choose to fail or you can choose to succeed.— Chael Sonnen
The most simplistic Chael Sonnen quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
When you’re the best fighter in the world today, they don’t call you a great fighter. They call you Chael Sonnen.
My phone rings, they call me up and say, 'Chael, your testosterone level is too high.' I say, 'Well, how high was it?' They say, '0.7.' I said, 'What's normal?' They say, '0.6.'; I said, 'One-tenth? You're telling me I'm one-tenth higher than the average man? Re-test that - you must have caught me on a low day.'
As soon as you start to get tired, as soon as you start to get behind, as soon as your coach starts yelling at you, a lot of doors open up to quit; you got to find that one reason to stay in that battle, one reason to stay in the fire and fight.
You tell Anderson Silva that I'm coming over and I'm kicking down his backdoor and patting his little lady on the ass and I'm telling her to make me a steak, medium-rare just how I like it.
As soon as you hear a fighter say, "I'm working smarter, not harder," you always want to bet against that guy. That mentality does not work. You have to work hard. And sometimes that means you are going to work too hard. You are going to decline. You are going to tear down your body and your muscle fibers. You are going to get sick.
I should be the reigning champion. I punch a guy 300 times, he punches me a couple and they call him the champion? In what parallel universe does that make you the winner? I am the champion. I’ve been the champion. Anderson’s ribs have the exact same problem that his hands and his feet have, they’re attached to a cowardly person.
Even if I thought I could get a submission I'm not laying underneath a grown man with my legs spread on worldwide TV. Some guys subscribe to that theory but I am a Republican and we don't do that.
I don't do camps. Camps are for kids. I don't sleep in tents or roast marshmallows. I certainly don't tell ghost stories or own a sleeping bag. But I do work hard every single day.
As a professional athlete, I can tell you I feel every single emotion and not one of them ever helped me in a fist-fight before. And not one of them has ever hurt me in a fist-fight, either. The only thing that has helped me is my skills and the only thing that hurt me is my opponent's skills.
I go to practice every day. I really don't have a training camp. In the boxing world, and that's where that came from, almost every time a guy would get out of the ring and he wouldn't break a sweat again until he went to his next training camp. He would do absolutely nothing until he started training for the next fight.
When Anderson walks into a room, you can hear a rat pissing on cotton.
If I was mentoring a young fighter, I'd tell him to spend more time on boxing.
That doesn't mean I would ignore kickboxing - you still need to learn the defenses - but in stand-up, it's hard to beat good, solid boxing.
You've got to listen to your body, notice some trends in yourself and do the best you can to be ready when a finish line approaches.
I went through a change in my life and my career where I finally understood how to train and prepare. I finally understood what it meant, and I've had so many fantasies about being able to go back and be 16 again. And redo parts of my high school career. Redo all of my college career. Redo my attempt to make an Olympic team.
I hate downtime. I hate it so much. I like to relax like anybody else, but I hate not doing anything. In my life I'm either going full speed or I'm at a stop.
If you can talk the talk but cant walk the walk youll look like a fool.
That's the risk but with great risk comes great reward.
If I had nothing to do and I wanted to sit in a dark room and relax, I could at times. But to be busy is very nice. To have things to do and have a schedule.
If Michael Bisping ever addresses me in a public comment again, I will bury him where he stands.
Machida is not a bad guy; he's a victim of the brazilian education system. There are better ways to get electrolytes than drinking piss.
As a professional athlete I can tell you I feel every single emotion and not one of them ever helped me in a fist-fight before.
A Black Belt under the Nogueira Brothers is like saying I got a free toy in my happy meal
If you're not willing to go too far, you'll never go far enough in life.
Whether I want to be at practice or not, I show up every day.
Whether I'm healthy or I'm sick or hurt or tired, I show up every day.
When I was young they used to call me 'The Foreman,' not because I was in charge but because I did the work of four men.
I can't justify to myself working less, even if you get more out of it.
Even though, in practice, it does seem it would be better for me personally.
They say if somebody has done something you want to do, all you need to do is go out and copy them.
Never piss off a gangster.
Say what you want before the fight but when it's done, you accept the result.
GSP is good, but don't get me wrong he better stay at 170 with the other midgetts.
Wanderlei Silva, six feet tall and 205 pounds, boy, until I met you, I didn't know they could stack crap that high.
For me, and people like me, fighting isn't what we do; it's who we are.
Send anyone you want, but don't send anyone you want back.
You know, these guys want to talk about God;
'Oh, I want to thank God. I want to thank God.' Listen, I'm a God-fearing man, go to church every Sunday and have since I was a boy. But if I ever found out that God cared one way or another about a borderline illegal fist-fight on Saturday night, I would be so greatly disappointed that it would make rethink my entire belief system.
There's always pressure and that pressure is earned.
Anderson isn't qualified to make Frank Mir a sandwich
You're looking at the reflection of perfection.
You're looking at the man who gets all your attention. You're looking at the man with the biggest arm. At the man, with the greatest charm, the man in Chicago who will do harm to the guy three doors down. Whatcha gonna do, when you know who? How ya gonna deal, with the man of steel? How ya gonna react to Sonnen's attack?
I found that to build mental toughness, you need to inconvenience yourself.
The early morning runs, if you hate early mornings. The late night runs, if you hate late nights. The snowy cold, the worst conditions you can get, put yourself in those and really make it inconvenient and you start to get a genuine expectation of winning for the price you have to pay.
Somebody is going to win & somebody is not, and that's fine.
.. But we will never refuse to participate because we're scared to fail.
Fighting is an expression. It's a form of speech, and that's why they call it martial arts. It's an art.
I was in Las Vegas when the Nogueira brothers first touched down in America.
There was a bus, this is a true story. There was a bus that pulled up to a red light, and Little Nog tried to feed it a carrot, while Big Nog was petting it. He thought it was a horse. This really happened. He tried to feed a bus a carrot, and now you're telling me this country has computers? I didn't know that.