While a potential Mark Munoz vs Chael Sonnen title eliminator fight is still up in the air, Mark has some stories about the last time he and Chael met up in a competitive atmosphere:
“(Chael Sonnen and I) competed in college together. He wrestled at Oregon; I wrestled at Oklahoma State. We end up dueling, which is just a one-team duel, a one-team competition between two schools. I end up matching up with him at 184 pounds. We end up going at it and I end up beating him pretty handily…but in that fight he tried to submit me in a knee bar and then changed it into a heel hook. Not a legal move in wrestling. He tried doing that to me and I felt my ankle pop and was like ‘aaaahhh’ and I knew that he did it so that he could try to come back. I was actually beating him pretty handily and got upset during that match and was just ruthless in that fight afterwards. But after — years later — we end up having dinner together with my wife seated with us at the table. She was pretty upset saying ‘What’s Chael Sonnen doing here? I hate that guy; he tried to hurt my husband.’ All of the sudden, out of the blue, she said ‘So, can you tell me why you did that?’ He pretty much explained himself. “He’s a good guy, man. He said ‘Can you blame me? I was getting beat!’ So I guess…I guess…if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.”
Sounds like the Chael Sonnen from college wasn’t all that different from the Chael Sonnen we know now.