While everyone knows that Chael Sonnen was a great wrestler, few outside of the wrestling and Flo community really know about how passionate he really is about the sport. I had the opportunity to visit him last year shortly after the world championships and the guy is a complete wrestling fanatic. So much so that he got involved with our Olympians.
Last week Chael sent out a tweet that said that for the first person who donates $1,000 to either Jake Herbert, Jared Frayer or Coleman Scott, Chael would give that person tickets to his fight with Silva. And what do you know, it happened. It only took about an hour before someone donated $1,000 to Jake Herbert.
I also know that Chael has silently supported USA wrestlers in the past through writing checks because he understands the work and efforts that our wrestlers put into the sport and how much their lives revolve around what they are trying to accomplish.
You can love him or hate him based on what you see and hear of Chael Sonnen the UFC fighter, but Chael Sonnen the wrestling fan is a class act.
Thanks Chael and best of luck!
Updated on April 29, 2013, 5:42am