Chael Sonnen may have retired from competition last Friday, but the sometimes self-deprecating wit that helped carry him to superstardom is still very much active.
The 42-year old “American Gangster” announced his retirement after his loss against Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222, ending a two-decade-plus career that saw him challenge twice for UFC titles and fight some of the biggest names in the sport including Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko. Even more than for his in-cage accomplishments, Sonnen rose to fame for an over-the-top, professional wrestling-inspired trash talk game that changed the way fighters promote themselves. Despite that, many of his fellow fighters still had a lot of respect for him and offered words of support upon hearing the news that he was hanging his gloves up for good.
Sonnen was also known for several failed performance-enhancing drug tests throughout his career, and Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports wrote an article that called out Sonnen on these failed tests with the headline “Chael Sonnen, one of the worst drug cheats of his era, retires from MMA.”
Sonnen reached out to Twitter to troll the article in his own inimitable fashion:
Not to be picky Kevster— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) June 18, 2019
I wasn't one of the WORST drug cheats of my era
I was the BEST
“Not to be picky Kevster But I wasn’t one of the WORST drug cheats of my era I was the BEST”