This week’s essay on Spike.com‘s #MMA-Sports site is on Chael Sonnen’s TRT exemption and the troubling precedent it sets:
Like so many other people reading this, I’m a fan of Chael Sonnen despite my best intentions. It’s the old pro wrestling fan in me. The guy is a brilliant self-promoter; crazy like a fox, he knows how to get people interested in a fight. He even has me convinced he’s got something better than a chance of beating Anderson Silva, even though he would have lost his last fight against Michael Bisping on my scorecard (claims that he underestimated Bisping and undertrained for him don’t exactly make me willing to part with fifty dollars to bet on him) and…well, it’s Anderson Silva, folks.
When I say fan, though, it means I appreciate his skills and his efforts to promote. I can’t say I agree with his political ideology, and his particular brand of ballyhoo makes me skeptical of his more outrageous claims of greatness both in and out of the cage. I am careful to be a fan of his role in the sport and appreciate his skills and talent as a fighter, but it ends there.
Stuff like this TRT exemption nonsense is why.