We often hear Chael P. Sonnen talk about growing up on the “mean streets of West Linn, Oregon,” and we hear him use phrases like, “I’m a gangster from America.” So, just how tough was it for Chael growing up?

Well, according to the 2000 census there were 22,261 residents living in West Linn, Oregon. Ninety-three percent of those people were white and the median income for a family was $83,252.

Listen as Sonnen recounts the hard knock life he had growing up on the mean streets of West Linn where at any moment a litterbug could appear or jaywalkers were known to break the law in broad daylight!

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