The UFC is getting closer and closer to its third decade. With over 500 events in the books, the promotion has its fair share of legends and stories to tell.
In its nearly three decades of existence, the UFC has hosted some truly amazing storytellers. These are characters who have walked around the block and seen some crazy and unique things over the years.
These storytellers are renowned for their great stories based on stories from inside and outside the Octagon. And whether or not they are somewhat embellished, they are definitely a lot of fun.
With that in mind, here are five of the best storytellers in UFC history.
# 5. Chael Sonnen – former UFC middleweight title contender
One of the greatest storytellers in UFC history is undoubtedly former UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen.
“The American Gangster” has come a truly fascinating journey in his UFC career. He went from being a largely anonymous journeyman to not only a top contender but also one of MMA’s best microphone workers.
Unsurprisingly, for someone so comfortable on the mic, Sonnen quickly became one of the best storytellers in the UFC. It’s a place he easily retains today despite retiring from MMA in mid-2019.
A fighter who competed during the “dark ages” of MMA, Sonnen has several stories to tell from this era. This includes a bizarre story about his 2002 fight with Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller on a regional show. According to Sonnen, a double-legged teardown saw the pair disappear through the ring due to a broken section of plywood.
Other stories Sonnen tells involve supposedly crooked promoters, gangsters who wanted to assassinate future UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and fights taken on 15 minutes’ notice.
Are all of Sonnen’s crazy stories true? Who knows. The truth is, it honestly doesn’t matter. “The American Gangster” is so entertaining to listen to that it’s easy to get caught up in its stories, regardless of their size.