"I think because I'm the only guy that understands respect," Sonnen said. "I'm the only respectful fighter in the organization. So many guys think that respect is to look at your face and tell you a lie, to pay you a compliment and stick a knife in your back when you turn around. I will tell you to your face that when you turnaround I'm gonna put a knife in your back and then I will. People find that refreshing. I'm not a trash-talker, I'm a truth-talker. I talk the truth. If you ask me a question, I will answer it."
Sonnen, who joined the likes of Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Frank Mir and Brandon Vera as UFC fighters to drop by Burbank's Morton's ahead of a big fight, answered plenty of questions and, as he's known for, pulled no verbal punches. He referred to Brazilian middleweights and future potential opponents Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva as a "dork" and an "invalid," respectively. He would follow by calling Belfort a tough fighter and complimented Wanderlei Silva's tenacity and aggression.