Chael Sonnen Says Paul Heyman 'Saved' The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.04.2014
Heyman gave Sonnen advice for this season...
- In a recent interview with Wrestling Observer Radio, UFC fighter and analyst Chael Sonnen said Paul Heyman saved the current season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, which sees Chael Sonnen coaching against rival Wanderlei Silva. Below are some highlights:
Sonnen on contacting Heyman because he was starting to become a "babyface" character because of Wanderlei Silva's actions, which he didn't want: "I've never met him, but I know what he's done. He's a little bit older than me, so I felt I could trust him. I'm breaking a confidentiality agreement but there were circumstances where I was jammed up and I had to make an executive decision...To say he was ruining the show may be extreme, but the interaction between he and I is an element of the show that's important. There has to be the interaction of the coaches. It's an important factor. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know how to handle this. This is the same time I'm losing my grip on my character as a heel. I can feel it slipping away. He's being aggressive. He's skipping practices. He's partying. I don't know what to do. I don't know how to handle this...Paul was a guy that even without knowing him, I knew I could trust him. We have mutual friends, Brock Lesnar and (former pro wrestling headliner) CM Punk. I knew he was an expert in psychology and I was stuck, working through this spot, having to deal with this, [Silva] not talking to me and the reversal of roles that I didn't see coming."
Sonnen on the advice Heyman gave him: "He told me, `Listen, you have to shoot (be completely real, not holding back verbally) on him. If he's not playing along, you have to drop everything and shoot on him.' He laid it out a lot more aggressive than that. `You have to drop everything and come clean.' He went into it a lot more detail than that. In many ways, Paul Heyman saved Ultimate Fighter (Brazil) 3. He kept his word. He kept his secrecy up. So not only should we thank Paul for the huge ratings, but we can also blame him for all the bad things."