Sunday, October 9, 2011

Is Paul Heyman Really Chael Sonnen's Ghostwriter?

“Super Bowl weekend, the biggest rematch in the history of the business... I’m calling you out Silva, but we’re upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC forever.”
     -Chael Sonnen calling out Anderson Silva following his UFC 136 win over Brian Stann.

Chael Sonnen's classic 'looser-leaves town' call-out for Anderson Silva was the story of UFC 136. Sonnen's wild yet witty commentary will forever have a place in the UFC annals. His words were a perfect fit for either a 60's western flick or a professional wrestling skit. However, last night it wasn't John Wayne's name that was trending heavily on Twitter (people don't care about rough, tough, gun-toting guy films anymore), but the name Paul Heyman received a lot of attention from UFC Twitter goers.

Paul Heyman is a pro wrestling guru. He is an innovative professional wrestling promoter who revolutionized the game in the 1990's (if you'd like to read more about my take on Paul Heyman follow this link to an older article about the ECW). So, it's not a surprise that his name would pop up when folks started associating Chael Sonnen's comments with professional wrestling. Moreover, given Heyman's more current associations with the UFC (ie. UFC 131 Countdown show), it's not a far fetched idea that Heyman could have had something to do with Sonnen's post fight antics.

Still, let's not allow speculators to discredit the intelligent mind of Chael Sonnen. Yeah, he is an annoying, money-laundering, conservative real estate broker who contributed to the downfall of the real estate market. And let's not forget about his 'low test' levels (but I doubt his test levels were on "E" last night). As much as I hate to admit it, Chael Sonnen is an extremely intelligent individual who knows how to promote himself (too bad his run for public office was a failure).

Last night was Sonnen's latest demonstration of his knack for marketing and promoting. He has a wit about him that is ideal for sports entertainment. I mean really, if this guy were to create his own MMA promotion, I'd be glued to the screen. Not to discredit Mr. Heyman either. Paul E. "Dangerously" is a God to the pro wrestling and sports entertainment industries. But let's give credit where it is due -- 'nuff props to Chael Sonnen for making sport entertaining!

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