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.
Some people dont understand the difference between footwork and running away.-Callisto
They tested him for awesomeness, and it came back way above the legal limit.- son of sonnen