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UFC Fighter Chael Sonnen -- I Avoid Street Fights

8/7/2010 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's a bona fide bad ass in the ring -- but out on the streets, UFC brawler Chael Sonnen claims he refuses to get it on ... even when some wannabe tough guy tries to provoke him into violence.

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Sonnen -- who's fighting Anderson "The Spider" Silva tonight -- tells us people have been "unsuccessful" in baiting him into street fights in the past ... insisting that he "turns the other cheek" ... a different approach than the one recently taken by ex-UFC star Roger Huerta.

We also asked Chael if his hands were registered as lethal weapons ... to which he replied, "No they’re not ... but they probably should be."

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