UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen is an authority on numerous topics including high-level grappling, being an Oregonian gangster, and the finer points of how to insult a Brazilian. His expertise on the latter recently came into play when asked for a response relating to rival Anderson Silva’s recent statements regarding Sonnen’s status as an undeserving top contender.
However, rather than take aim at Silva’s background as the cause for his hesitation to step up to the challenge, Sonnen did quite the opposite and called into question the middleweight champion’s behavior as being an affront to certain principles rooted in Silva’s countrymen.
“Shocked,” Sonnen replied in an interview with FightHype when asked how he reacted to “The Spider” apparently opting to pass on a rematch in early 2012. “He comes from a fighting culture. I was blown away that he would insult his entire heritage like that. Behind the scenes I knew he was a coward, but in a million years I never thought he would show it publicly.”
Silva has cited the fact he finished Sonnen at UFC 117, coupled with the outspoken 185er only having fought/won a single time since, as the reason behind his decision to focus on other potential opponents.
An unexpected result of the beef between Sonnen and Silva has been a mild dose of fallout between the 36-year old title-holder and longtime manager Ed Soares. Sonnen spoke about the situation, siding with Soares, explaining, “I like Ed and he is very good at his job. He has protected a phony, got him paid and pushed more than anybody, and created a false legacy for a bum. Ed should be praised and copied, not fired. I have great management and I’m lucky to be with them, but if I wasn’t I would hire Ed…and I’m not kidding.”
As far why Soares would want to manage Sonnen, the answer appears clear so long as you ask the trash-talking tyrant who made it clear a second go with Silva would be much more significant headliner for a Super Bowl Weekend event than Georges St. Pierre defending his welterweight belt against Nick Diaz.
“I’m the biggest draw in the industry today,” Sonnen stated. “I sell more tickets, more PPVs, and more merchandise than any fighter in history. Comparing GSP to me is like comparing Kimbo (Slice) to (Muhammad) Ali.”
Though Sonnen can clearly “talk the talk,” whether or not he walks the walk, as he has in bouts against Brian Stann, Nate Marquardt, Dan Miller, Yushin Okami, and Silva for the majority of their match-up before getting caught in a last minute submission, remains to be seen.
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