First saw him on the defunct Bodog fight promotion. He was doing a very rudimentary version of his trash talking; "I won't be lying on my back with another man between my legs, I'm a republican." He was submitted as I recall.
Edit: my mistake, he won all of his Bodog fights.
Also first saw him in Bodog. Couldn't forget that face.
I was familiar with him before the UFC. Funny thing was, there was a thread at the time WEC got absorbed about who would be successful in the UFC and who would not. If my memory is correct I said Condit and Cantwell would succeed, and Stann and especially Sonnen would not make it. Was pretty far off on 3 of the 4 of those.
That last WEC fight by Sonnen I was convinced he was no good because he couldn't/didn't do much to finish a drugged out Filho.
He wasn't going all out due to the fact that Filho was out of his mind.
If I've seen further than others its because I've stood on the shoulders of giants.
All the guy does is hunt, train and drive around in his tractor. - Smigg