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Chael Sonnen has done an incredible job at becoming the best talker in MMA. His ability to cut a promo has become legendary and his post fight victory speech after defeating Brian Stann at UFC 136 was talked about for hours afterward by members of the press. It seems the year of Chael is continuing as he got the nod to host the World MMA Awards by Fighters Only Magazine. The World MMA Awards by Fighters Only Magazine are the MMA industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards or Grammy's.

The Fighters Only awards cover everything from Promotion of the Year to Journalist of the Year. There are also categories for apparel and ring card girls. This will be the fourth year the show as been held and will take place at the Pearl Theater at the Palms in Las Vegas. The date is November 30th and the event is open to the public. If you are in the Vegas area, you can pick up tickets on Friday at the Pearl ticket booth.

The news was broken by MMA Weekly earlier today. Sonnen will join Molly Qerim, who hosted last year's show with UFC legend Randy Couture. A change that no doubt has occurred due to the UFC's relationship with Fox, is that the show will air via delay on Fox's regional sports networks as well as Fuel TV. No word on when the show will air, but the schedule is expected to be released in the upcoming weeks.

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Post #1   10/21/11 5:03:55PM   

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Oh boy, here we go..

Post #2   10/21/11 5:05:05PM   

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I didn't plan on watching them until I heard this. Now I'm tuning in without a doubt!

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So they are really trying to make me not watch.

Wasn't going to watch before, no way I will now.

Post #4   10/21/11 5:22:43PM   

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Meh, I'll wait for the highlight errrr; lowlights on youtube the next day. Definitely a way to get viewers/ratings though.

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Poor choices

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Posted by FastKnockout
The World MMA Awards by Fighters Only Magazine are the MMA industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards or Grammy's.



they'll get the same treatment I give the Academy Awards & Grammy's too. I'll look up the results the next day on the internet, no matter who is hosting

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I will not miss this for the world. They picked the perfect guy for the job.

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i think sonnen will do a good job. i watch MMA live on ESPN and hes on there quite a bit. i think hes the best public speaker out of all the fighters, its between him and frank mir. aside from all the trash talking he seems like to be pretty damn smart. so many fighters say the same crap about other fighters everytime they are asked, "yeah, hes a tough guy", "yeah, its gonna be a good fight for the fans" etc. at least sonnen says what he really thinks and doesnt sound like a broken record

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He can read off all Anderons awards.

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yeah, it will be great too see him give Silva an award for "the most dominated fighter in a Match" then see him give anderson a "good job" slap on the ass as he leaves the stage

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So the guy who was out for a year for taking peds and has a single fight in 2011 is hosting the mma awards? Way to diminish the sport and encourage a wwf approach

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Posted by DeadHead988

I didn't plan on watching them until I heard this. Now I'm tuning in without a doubt!

same here. It's kinda like the Howard Stern effect. Some people listen because they like him and wanna hear what he says, others don't like him, but they wanna hear what he says. He does have the gift of gab. It's gonna be interesting to see how it goes

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Posted by airkerma

So the guy who was out for a year for taking peds and has a single fight in 2011 is hosting the mma awards? Way to diminish the sport and encourage a wwf approach

I don't think it diminishes the sport. Believe it or not, Sonnen is a smart dude. Aside from all the crazy talk he does, he's one of the more educated guys you'll find in the sport. I know I've been outspoken about how much I dislike all his talk but I don't have a problem with him hosting. In fact, is prefer it over, Dana, Franklin, Randy, or Hughes. He's gonna bring some fun along with all that Crazy he's got

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Posted by prophecy033


Posted by airkerma

So the guy who was out for a year for taking peds and has a single fight in 2011 is hosting the mma awards? Way to diminish the sport and encourage a wwf approach

I don't think it diminishes the sport. Believe it or not, Sonnen is a smart dude. Aside from all the crazy talk he does, he's one of the more educated guys you'll find in the sport. I know I've been outspoken about how much I dislike all his talk but I don't have a problem with him hosting. In fact, is prefer it over, Dana, Franklin, Randy, or Hughes. He's gonna bring some fun along with all that Crazy he's got


It rewards the wrong thing. Kenny is smart and somewhat witty as is Rashad. They can speak clearly and fluently and don't have a history of total garbage, including peds. That's why I think this is nonsense. What about Frankie? Accomplished and articulate.

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