A simple fun read that gives you a bit of insight into the mind of a great Mixed Martial Artist. His chapter on his money laundering conviction really sheds light on his sudden personality change in the MMA world. The Voice of Reason : A V. Pass to Enlightenment. Chael Sonnen.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Voice of Reason: A V. Pass to Enlightenment by Chael Sonnen. Backwoodsmen and unlearned folk call him the Walking Thesaurus. His contemporaries have bestowed upon him the title Sir Sonnen. And those dwelling in the forgotten, forlorn jungles south of the equator reve The book that you are considering buying is nothing short of a VIP Pass to Enlightenment, written by the UFC's most infamous and feared destroyer of men—Chael P.
And those dwelling in the forgotten, forlorn jungles south of the equator reverently refer to him as filho da puta, a term Sonnen personally deciphered using his mastery of linguistics. It means, simply, "the Great and Humble Bearer of Knowledge. Allow him to carry you like a frail damsel through the world of professional mixed martial arts as he cuts weight, deals with moronic cornermen, expresses his disdain for focus mitts and punching in general, gets his face rearranged, and finds support and encouragement from fans.
Permit him to cleanse your mind's palate and teach you the truth about history, politics, endangered species, cinema, terrorists, music, particle accelerators, and his plans for creating a Chaelocracy, which translates as "a Better Earth. Like all men of myth and legend, Sonnen strives for the betterment of the human race. Prometheus brought us fire; Dana White brought us the modern-day gladiator; and Chael P.
Sonnen now brings us the step-by-step guide to being a great human being and patriot. Purchase this book; learn how the world really works from the perspective of a man who has been face-to-face with presidents, wardens, dignitaries, judges, kings and queens, and athletic commissions; and find out if you have what it takes to awaken from your progressive nightmare.
There is no better day to stop being you and start trying to be Chael P. The time has come for The Voice of Reason. Chael Sonnen is the best trash-talker in all of sports. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Voice of Reason , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Pass to Enlightenment. May 20, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: ha-ha-s , face-to-fist-sports. In a recent review I rambled off some names of fighters who if they happened to write a book I would read immediately. Not keeping up on the publishing endeavors of the MMA world, I didn't realize that I'd have about two weeks to wait until one of those fighters mugs would be staring out at me from a face out in the sports section.
With the embarrassment I always feel when I take a detour from the escalator to the sports section to grab the rare book that feels worth the ensuing feeling of being In a recent review I rambled off some names of fighters who if they happened to write a book I would read immediately. Even if the book is written by one of the more entertaining trash-talkers in the fight game. These fight book reviews, and reviews that degenerate into ramblings about fighting aren't my most-popular ones.
I can imagine that people see them and say something like, fuck this I don't give a shit about the sort of gay over glorified professional wrestling that Greg keeps seeming to think anyone besides himself actually cares about.
I can imagine that, but I imagine that like I imagine ghosts, God and unicorns, as mere figments of the imagination. What I rather think is that these are my most popular reviews, people checking them out to get some knowledge about fighting from a book nerd perspective and then going off to their real life friends and dropping little bits of of the information I've imparted free of charge to make themselves seem something I don't know what knowing anything about MMA makes you, but I need to come up with something, so I'm going to say that it's to bond with and make conversation with some dude with cauliflowered ears who for some unknown reason you feel the need to be on the goodside of , the total lack of votes on these reviews is because people are embarrassed to say they like the reviews, the same way I'm embarrassed to go into the sports section at work and select a book from the shelf.
All that preamble out of the way, you are probably asking yourself, who is Chael Sonnen? Well he's a middle weight fighter in the UFC, probably best known for being arrested on federal charges for money laundering and then banned from fighting for six months because of abnormally high testosterone.
He's also a very entertaining personality, one of a handful out there that seem genuinely funny and smart. Until his last couple of fights he was pretty much one of the last remaining fighters in the UFC of the 'lay and pray' strategy. Chael Sonnen is the only hope I see in making the Middleweight division really interesting again.
Oh, and his book is pretty entertaining. He covers topics that I somewhat disagree with him on. He's pretty conservative and we don't necessarily see eye to eye on everything, but I wasn't looking to read this book to agree with him on animal rights. What I do see eye to eye with him on well sort of are topics such as boring fighters, ridiculous personas fighters adopt, the nonsense they spout off, and the truly awful musical tastes of most fighters along with their choice of walkout songs.
People should heed his words on music. The musical selections of most fighters are unbearably bad, like you think that maybe it's ok because these people have been hit in the head so many times bad that they no longer can tell decent music from criminal sonic assaults. He also has the guts to say that Jimi Hendrix is a decent guitar player but not the genius that he's normally spoken of. Thank you for putting into print what I've been thinking all these years about the most-overrated and revered guitarist of the rock 'n' roll era.
He also gives mad props to Klaus Kinski! Seriously, a book pretty much about the fight game that finds time to praise the insane genius that is Kinksi! Those last two small sections of the book were enough to push my rating up from three to four stars I secretly not so secretly now hate myself whenever I give a fighting book more than three stars.
Oh right, and the number one walk-out song recommendation he has? Who cares if he's a conservative, if he's going to recommend fighters make their walk to the octagon to Morrissey and Marr I'm going to have to love the guy.
But this is one of the more entertaining books out there written by an MMA fighter, and there are no sob stories about growing up abused to be found in it. These people are to be pitied but not feared. Seriously, do you think someone who spends their days trying to learn how to punch someone while sitting on their fat ass in a bookstore is ever going to be a real threat?
But, what about the guns? These people are poor, that is why they spend all day, everyday sitting in a bookstore, where are they going to get money to buy guns, I'm sure the little bit of money they do get from doing whatever job or organization that gives pity checks to middle aged men with the interests of a young teenage boy deprived of an xBox goes towards paying for WWE PPV pay per view events.
At least one person I work with has a bit of fear of these types and he won't believe me that they are as harmless as a declawed house cat. Seriously, you aren't going to be a ninja.
If you want to read a fighting book that I'm guessing might have something worthwhile i. I haven't actually looked through these books, but I'm making an educated guess that there is some good no-nonsense stuff in them. Or maybe the Anderson Silva striking book.
Not that I recommend trying to learn to fight from books, I've been taking fighting classes for over a year now and when I leaf through my "Fedor teaches you how to fight book" I learn nothing, not because there probably aren't good tips, but because as Mister Miyagi says in Karate Kid , "Learning Karate from books is fucking stupid Daniel-san! It involves pretty much just taking down the opponent, and then controlling the fight by keeping them pinned down and punching them a bit, but mostly just keeping them pinned to the ground.
It's fairly boring to watch and today you don't see it too often. Most fighters know that they need to put on exciting fights if they want to see their careers move upwards. To me they make no sense. How do you even judge who the best pound for pound fighter would be?
What would Jon Jones fight like if he weighed as much as Jose Aldo? Would he be a good fighter without his size? He's fast as a light-heavy weight, but what would he be like if he was say a featherweight?
What kind of strength would GSP have if he were a heavy-weight? It's seriously like comparing apples and oranges with a whole bunch of other fantastical variables thrown in. But if you just go on the elusive idea of 'fighting skill' do you give a great brawler who is willing to stand toe to toe with someone and beat the shit out of someone a higher or lower standing than someone like GSP or Silva who no one has seen in an actual 'fight' for a couple of years now, instead we see master technicians pick someone apart with unstoppable game plans, do we force the master technician to stand and bang with a Wanderlei SIlva type fighter?
Is knowing how to almost totally minimize any risks make a great fighter? That said, I'll throw in my unjustified opinion about the top 5 pound for pound fighters right now.
Dan Henderson - I feel like the over year old fighter is unstoppable right now. I believe if given the chance and it were physically possible he would get to any weight needed and mop the floor with the the other pound for pound hopefuls. Jon Jones - He's on the verge of falling into the boring champion category, but I think he'd still be willing to get into a war.
This is something I don't think numbers 4 and 5 would necessarily be willing to do. Jose Aldo - He's a monster and again willing to goto war. I have a feeling that the Korean Zombie is going to be his downfall, and then I will need to rethink his place in light of Chan Sung Jung, but that is still in the future and I'm talking about today. Anderson Silva - So fucking boring but basically unbeatable up until now.
Chael Sonnen Previews His Upcoming Book 'The Voice of Reason'
Backwoodsmen and unlearned folk call him the Walking Thesaurus. His contemporaries have bestowed upon him the title Sir Sonnen. And those dwelling in the forgotten, forlorn jungles south of the equator reverently refer to him as filho da puta, a term Sonnen personally deciphered using his mastery of linguistics. It means, simply, "the Great and Humble Bearer of Knowledge. Allow him to carry you like a frail damsel through the world of professional mixed martial arts as he cuts weight, deals with moronic cornermen, expresses his disdain for focus mitts and punching in general, gets his face rearranged, and finds support and encouragement from fans.
The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason: A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment
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