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You're Welcome! With Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen: MMA superstar, American gangster...and bad guy...speaks his mind, drops knowledge and sounds off as the absolute authoritative voice in the world of combat sports. Join Chael as he runs life inside and out of the Octagon, with inside knowledge and unrivaled perspective. New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, plus post-PPV reaction shows on Sunday.

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Chael Sonnen: MMA superstar, American gangster...and bad guy...speaks his mind, drops knowledge and sounds off as the absolute authoritative voice in the world of combat sports. Join Chael as he runs life inside and out of the Octagon, with inside knowledge and unrivaled perspective. New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, plus post-PPV reaction shows on Sunday.

Bo Nickal Dazzles, Khamzat Calls Out Colby, and Chael Curses UFC 280!

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On today's episode, Chael discusses:

  • Yesterday's news that Bo Nickal will fight Jamie Pickett on Dec. 10, and why Chael thinks that fight won't happen (00:37)
  • What it would take for Colby Covington to accept a fight with Khamzat Chimaev (11:40)
  • Why Chael believes the UFC 280 main card will look different on Oct. 22 (20:33)
  • Michael Chandler's criticism of Islam Makhachev (28:45)
  • Unorthodox training videos from Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira (37:22)

Sep 30 2022

46mins

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Conor McGregor’s New Training Footage and Do We Actually Want MMA Guys To Box?

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After a rare off weekend for the UFC, Chael is here to discuss:

  • A lawsuit brewing between Jake Paul and Eddie Hearn, Cris Cyborg's boxing debut, and Floyd Mayweather's fight in Japan this past weekend (00:37)
  • Comments made by Daniel Cormier about Khamzat Chimaev's historic weight miss at UFC 279 (11:33)
  • The link between the mysterious futures of Nate Diaz and Francis Ngannou (18:51)
  • If there's interest in seeing Jose Aldo -- or any great MMA fighter -- go over to boxing at the end of their careers (30:25)
  • Sparring footage of Conor McGregor that came out on Monday (45:27)

Sep 27 2022

55mins

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Kevin Holland “Retires,” the Evolution of Paulo Costa, and Will We See Paddy vs. Conor?

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On today's show, Chael discusses:

  • Kevin Holland's cryptic Instagram post Thursday morning (00:42)
  • How Paulo Costa has suddenly become a fan favorite (13:19)
  • Paddy Pimblett's willingness to fight Conor McGregor (24:43)
  • McGregor's options if/when he returns to the Octagon (35:23)
  • Heat between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler (45:55)
  • The UFC's youngest signee ever (52:24)

And more.

Sep 23 2022

1hr 15mins

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Jose Aldo Leaves the UFC, Nate Diaz Has Options, and Career Advice for Chimaev

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PROGRAMMING ALERT: "You're Welcome" will now come out on Tuesdays and Fridays. Make sure you're following the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more for all the newest episodes.

On today's show, Chael discusses: 

  • UFC and Jose Aldo parting ways, and if this means the legendary Aldo is actually done fighting (00:55)
  • Why Khamzat Chimaev should fight at middleweight (9:52)
  • What the future holds in store for Nate Diaz (17:43)
  • His thoughts on this past weekend's World Wrestling Championships (37:23)

And more.

Sep 20 2022

59mins

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Hanging with Anderson Silva's Kids, Chael Meets the Paul Brothers, and the Futures of Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson

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Upon returning from Phoenix after hosting the Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva press conference, Chael discusses:

  • Seeing Anderson Silva for the first time in years, and a conversation Chael had with Silva's son (00:57)
  • Chael's takeaways from meeting Jake and Logan Paul face-to-face for the first time (8:22)
  • What Khamzat Chimaev's weight-cut fiasco tells us about his future (20:30)
  • How Nate Diaz has positioned his career as he prepares to leave the UFC (33:43)
  • A story about how Brendan Schaub's fighting career ended, and how it relates to Tony Ferguson (45:21)
  • UFC 280's main event from the perspective of both Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev (59:37)
  • A big problem with USA Wrestling (1:10:05)

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Sep 16 2022

1hr 19mins

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Nate Diaz Goes Out in Style, Chimaev the Villain and What's Next for Ferguson? - UFC 279 Reaction!

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In this special UFC 279 reaction episode, Chael talks about:

  • The X's and O's of the main event and the emotional inner conflict Chael had watching Nate Diaz fight Tony Ferguson (00:44)
  • What the future holds in store for Ferguson after yet another loss (15:28)
  • Khamzat Chimaev's dominant win over Kevin Holland (22:32)
  • Chimaev's post-fight interview and whether he's succeeding at creating a strong villain persona (30:23)

Sep 11 2022

37mins

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UFC 279 Preview: Bad Guy 101, Tony Ferguson's New Style, and What IF Nate Diaz Wins?

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*This episode was published prior to Friday's weigh-in drama and the announcement of the new card.

One day before UFC 279 goes down in Las Vegas, Chael discusses:

  • Nate Diaz's new fight promotion, Real Fight, Inc. (00:52)
  • If Khamzat Chimaev is making the right move in portraying himself as a villain (14:23)
  • What to expect from new-look Tony Ferguson at welterweight against Li Jingliang (36:56)
  • What if Diaz actually does the unthinkable tomorrow night? (47:20)

Plus, a Kevin Holland story (26:21) and Chael gives his official prediction for tomorrow night's main event (58:42)

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Sep 09 2022

1hr 13mins

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Costa and Chimaev Cause a Scene, a Nate Diaz Training Story, and a Complex Heavyweight Title Picture

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On today's loaded episode, Chael discusses:

  • A video of a heated exchange between Khamzat Chimaev and Paulo Costa at the UFC Performance Institute this week (00:50)
  • Ciryl Gane's gutsy win over Tai Tuivasa (8:37) and where Gane fits into the heavyweight title picture (18:57)
  • A peculiar position for Robert Whittaker following his masterclass showing over Marvin Vettori this past weekend (29:33)
  • Kamaru Usman's way of handling his stunning UFC 278 loss to Leon Edwards (37:44)
  • Chael's takeaways from training with Nate Diaz years ago, and what he thinks it means for Diaz's chances against Chimaev this Saturday at UFC 279 (49:28)

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Sep 07 2022

58mins

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Leon Edwards CHEATED, Gane vs. Tuivasa Preview, and Why Jake Paul Deserves Credit

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On today's episode, Chael talks about:

  • Chael's belief that Leon Edwards cheated against Kamaru Usman at UFC 278, and why he stands by his case despite criticism from Dana White (00:50)
  • A different Charles Oliveira as UFC 280 draws closer (14:12)
  • Why we should be heaping praise upon Jake Paul for trying to fight Anderson Silva in the ring (26:19)
  • What's at stake for Saturday's UFC Paris heavyweight main event between Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa (37:22)

Sep 02 2022

47mins

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Comparing Leon Edwards to Charles Oliveira, What To Do With Colby, and the Best Head-kick Ever?

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On today's episode, Chael discusses:

  • The vacant December PPV and if the headliner will be Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones or Stipe Miocic vs. Jones (00:42)
  • If Leon Edwards' fifth-round knockout of Kamaru Usman is the best head-kick in UFC history (10:56)
  • Why Edwards reminds Chael of former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (20:35)
  • Colby Covington's place in the welterweight title conversation (29:00)
  • Tonight's ONE Championship title fight between Adriano Moraes and Demetrious Johnson (38:28)


Presented by: Dave

Aug 26 2022

47mins

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Leon Edwards Does the UNTHINKABLE, Usman's GSP Chase Continues, and Why Luke Rockhold Needs to Stick Around

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A few days after watching Leon Edwards shock the world with a fifth-round head-kick knockout of former pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman at UFC 278, Chael discusses:

  • Edwards' inspiring comeback in the final minute of the fight, and why this could actually be a GOOD thing for Kamaru Usman's legacy (00:49)
  • What the welterweight title picture will look like in the coming months (12:58)
  • Luke Rockhold's gutsy performance in the co-main event and why Rockhold shouldn't retire (25:17)
  • A promise Dana White made this weekend, and why he needs to follow through with it (32:12)
  • Joe Rogan's mid-broadcast comments about Nate Diaz's chances of beating Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 next month (40:20)


Presented by: Dave

Aug 24 2022

48mins

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UFC 278 Preview: Usman vs. Edwards 2 Breakdown, Aldo's Last Stand, and Will Costa Make Weight?

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One day before the highly anticipated UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, UT, Chael discusses:

  • What Kamaru Usman really means when he talks about fighting at light heavyweight and boxing Canelo Alvarez (00:52)
  • Luke Rockhold's bold press conference comments and if Paulo Costa will successfully make 185 lbs. (14:46)
  • If tomorrow night could be the last time we see Jose Aldo when he takes on the streaking Merab Dvalishvili (26:26)
  • What's on the line between Rockhold and Costa (33:32)
  • How Usman-Edwards 2 will differ from the first time the guys fought each other in 2015 (39:52)

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Aug 19 2022

46mins

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Why Paddy the Baddy is FOOLISH, Next Move for Marlon Vera, and Jake Paul vs. Andrew Tate?

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Following another great UFC Fight Night and days before a deep UFC 278 card, Chael talks about:

  • Marlon Vera's fourth-round knockout of Dominick Cruz, why Vera is a star in the making, and what he should do in the coming months (00:50)
  • Why Paddy Pimblett needs to stop gaining so much weight after his fights (11:10)
  • If Andrew Tate makes sense as Jake Paul's next boxing opponent (21:05)
  • Luke Rockhold's career path following this weekend's bout with Paulo Costa (29:17)
  • Kamaru Usman saying he's chasing more "respect" (41:09)

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Aug 17 2022

48mins

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Vera vs. Cruz Preview, O'Malley's Title Hopes, and Has Kamaru Usman Lost His Focus?

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In another jam-packed episode, one of the foremost thinkers in all of MMA talks about:

  • Bo Nickal's potential and what he means to the wrestling community (00:42)
  • If Kamaru Usman talking about boxing and competing in other divisions is distracting him ahead his fight with Leon Edwards next week (12:02)
  • Cesar Gracie's thoughts on Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nathan Diaz at UFC 279 (20:16)
  • Whether Suga' Sean O'Malley is guaranteed a title shot if he defeats Petr Yan at UFC 280 (30:15)
  • Tomorrow's UFC bantamweight main event between Marlon Vera and former champion Dominick Cruz (35:02)

Aug 12 2022

44mins

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The PERFECT Opponent for Conor McGregor, Advice for Masvidal, and Will Jon Jones Fight in 2022?

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On today's episode, Chael discusses:

  • Jake Paul agreeing to pay the boxers who were slated to fight on the canceled August 6 MSG card (00:43)
  • If Islam Makhachev truly deserves the title shot at UFC 280 (12:13)
  • Why Jorge Masvidal should volunteer to be the backup fighter at UFC 279 (21:11)
  • What's on the line this Saturday between Marlon Vera and Dominick Cruz in San Diego (28:41)
  • If we should expect to see Jon Jones fight in 2022 (37:50)

Aug 10 2022

48mins

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Poirier vs. Chandler Deal Draws Near, Comparing Chimaev and McGregor, and Does Adesanya NEED Alex Pereira?

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In a wide-ranging episode, Chael discusses:

  • The making of Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler for UFC 281 in New York, and what will be on the line (00:36)
  • Comparisons between Khamzat Chimaev and the early days of Conor McGregor's career (18:07)
  • If Israel Adesanya needs Alex Pereira more than ever (27:22)
  • Tom Aspinall injury updates and how the UFC should book Paddy Pimblett from here on out (37:11)

Presented by: Dave

Aug 05 2022

46mins

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Why Figueiredo Should Vacate the Title, Chimaev vs. Diaz Main Card Released, and Who's Next For Nunes?

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With UFC 277 now in the rearview mirror, Chael discusses:

  • If Amanda Nunes should face Valentina Shevchenko or Julianna Pena for her bantamweight title defense (00:35)
  • Why Deiveson Figueiredo should move up to 135 lbs. (12:39)
  • The boxing community's puzzling defense of Hasim Rahman Jr. (21:59)
  • An underwhelming UFC 279 main card (35:27)

Presented by: Dave

Aug 03 2022

44mins

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UFC 277 Reaction: Nunes Gets Her Belt Back and Moreno Fumbles the Bag. Plus, Jake Paul Fight Falls Through

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In this special Sunday UFC 277 reaction show, Chael discusses:

  • Amanda Nunes defeating Julianna Pena in a brutal five-round beatdown (00:42)
  • Brandon Moreno's impressive win over Kai Kara-France and his laughable post-fight interaction with flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo (10:10)
  • Magomed Ankalaev's win over Anthony Smith and what Ankalaev must do to put himself in the light heavyweight title shot conversation (15:54)

Plus, Chael gives his immediate thoughts on the canceled Aug. 6 bout between Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr. (22:57).

Jul 31 2022

35mins

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UFC 277 Predictions, Angry Charlie Olives, and Why Did Chimaev Really Take the Diaz Fight?

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Chael discusses the week in MMA story lines and also gives a preview of UFC 277, discussing topics like:

  • Who Paddy Pimblett should fight next (00:49)
  • Charles Oliveira's message to those who doubt him against Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 (14:02)
  • Comments made by Khamzat Chimaev in an interview with Ariel Helwani (25:43)
  • A breakdown of tomorrow's light heavyweight bout between Magomed Ankalaev and Anthony Smith (34:52)
  • Official predictions for Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France and Julianna Pena (41:38) vs. Amanda Nunes 2 (50:40)

Jul 29 2022

59mins

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Paddy the Baddy’s Big Potential, Volk Calls for Backup Spot, and Can Julianna Pena Do It Again?

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After UFC London and just days before UFC 277, Chael discusses:

  • Tom Aspinall's tough injury and where the heavyweight division goes from here (00:48)
  • Why Chael thinks Paddy Pimblett has what it takes to be a UFC champion (14:46)
  • Alexander Volkanovski volunteering to be the backup fighter for Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 (24:17)
  • Rumors of a fight between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler (33:02)
  • Saturday's women's bantamweight title rematch between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes (40:27)

Jul 27 2022

51mins

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Toughest Podcast I’ve Ever Listened To

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Always happy to hear from The Bad Guy! Thanks Uncle Chael.

All hail the Bad Guy

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First podcast you can hear the size of a man’s arms through your headphones.