As reported on Fighters.com, UFC Light Heavyweight Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva were announced as the next coaches of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. It’s no secret that Silva and Sonnen don’t like each other, and when Sonnen heads to Brazil he is going to need coaches and he has another Silva in mind. Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Sonnen fought twice, with Sonnen being finished in both fights, and he was also the first person Sonnen thought of for an assistant coach. In a recent interview, Sonnen talked about the idea of asking Silva, but was also pretty certain that Silva would turn him down.
Sonnen told MMAJunkie:
“I don’t know that I’m against (Americans vs. Brazilians) – I hadn’t heard that comment. I like it. But let’s make sure we’re clear here. Wanderlei Silva lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. I live in West Linn, Oregon. Neither of us are from Brazil. The first chance he had to leave his countrymen, he did. He owns a business in America. He pays taxes to America. He enrolled his kids into an American school system. And he has contributed a grand total of zero dollars to Brazil, to any Brazilian charity. And there is no Brazilian charity that will defend him and come forward and say otherwise. He left that country. He was robbed, the last time he went to that country, at gunpoint – that is also on the record. So they’re bringing in two outside guys.”
“I have a job to do. I said I would go there to coach them, and I meant it. And it won’t be to pick fights with Wanderlei or to build up a fight between he and I. I’ll be there for one reason, and that’s to coach. How the athletes respond, it’s a two-person sport – they need to do their part. It’s their experience, and that would be up to them.”
“Anderson Silva was one of my first thoughts to ask. And again, that wouldn’t be for me or Anderson. That would be for the young men who are kicking and clawing and trying to get into the UFC. I think his knowledge of the sport is tremendous, but also his ability to communicate in a Portuguese atmosphere would be very helpful.
“I think he’s got a relationship with Wanderlei, so it’s probably not likely. But that doesn’t mean I won’t reach out.”
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