- CHAEL SONNEN: I’M AN ATTENTION WHORE

September 15, 2010
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by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com It’s been proven over the last several months that Chael Sonnen is not only one of the top middleweights on the planet, but he’s also one of the most magnetic characters mixed martial arts has ever produced.

Add to that, his lengthy time working alongside legends like Randy Couture and Matt Lindland, and you have a recipe for a pretty good coach.

That’s why Sonnen believes that “The Ultimate Fighter” will soon be his home for at least a season, maybe as soon as Season 13. Many wondered following the announcement that Sonnen would get a rematch with Anderson Silva after their last fight, if the two would end up as coaches on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Sonnen says it may just become a reality for the reality show.

“I think that, that may happen,” Sonnen said about coaching on the show. “Whether it’s Anderson and I, or GSP and I, I think that will happen eventually.”

Georges St-Pierre is the latest fighter to catch the ire of the Team Quest fighter, and he believes that if the two of them do a season of “The Ultimate Fighter” together, and then face each other in the ring, it could break box office records.

“If we do the GSP fight, we’re going to have to do it in Cowboy Stadium, because there are going to be a lot of people to show up,” Sonnen commented.

Prior to his August fight with Silva, Sonnen was featured in a series of commercials put together by the UFC declaring him the “Most Interesting Man in the World.” He’s happy to take the spotlight from that ad campaign, or a turn as coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” because he relishes his moment in the sun.

“Yeah, I’m an attention whore,” said Sonnen. “That’s the business that I’m in. I’d love to be on TV once a week.”

The UFC has made no official announcement about the timing of the rematch between Silva and Sonnen, although all signs have pointed towards a New Year’s Day fight in Las Vegas. If Silva is not recovered from a rib injury he suffered prior to their first showdown, the timing could work out to have the two rivals face off in the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

The next season of the reality show has not been planned as of yet, but it will start filming in early 2011.

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