Opening Round: Chael Sonnen Set to Be Host with the Most

Anderson Silva may want to make sure he’s far away from a television set at the end of next month.

Why?

Chael Sonnen, the outspoken UFC middleweight contender, will co-host the 2011 World MMA Awards on November 30 with Molly Qerim. The show will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net and be shown through several replays on FSN and Fuel TV.

Sonnen, who recently returned from an extended suspension to defeat Brian Stann at UFC 136, is not shy about letting his emotions known to the public. Speaking of that, Silva probably isn’t the only MMA superstar that might want to avoid the show.

In MMA, there are not many figures that could pull off hosting duties without worrying about who they offend. UFC President Dana White is very outspoken, but he isn’t going to say he’d like to slap Silva’s wife on the butt. Georges St. Pierre is the “king” of pay-per-view buys, but for all his in-cage abilities, GSP isn’t going to kill it on stage.

Even Brock Lesnar, who was a star in the pro wrestling world, would make a terrible host. Heck, he had a manager for the majority of his time in the WWE.

No, Sonnen is the best candidate available. He doesn’t care who he upsets, who he calls out, or who he criticizes. Sonnen and his political past know that words are meant to cause a reaction, and the reaction to his upcoming stint as a host will no doubt result in at least twice the ratings for the World MMA Awards compared to what they were last year.

The brash-one from Oregon called out “The Spider” for a rematch next year after his latest win. Silva has yet to speak publicly about the proposed bout, but his manager, Ed Soares, has said Silva does not believe Sonnen deserves a shot quite yet.

During his time away from competition, Sonnen was a frequent guest on several MMA-related shows, and he seemed to always have a different fighter to talk about. Along with Silva, he has made enemies with the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Vitor Belfort. and just about every fighter in his division and even some outside of it.

Last year, UFC Hall of Fame fighter Randy Couture hosted the event. Expect quite a different tone to the show this time around with Sonnen working the mike and the crowd for all their worth. And remember, censors, be sure to have a quick finger.

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