UFC poster boy Chael Sonnen is currently set to coach opposite his latest Brazilian rival, Wanderlei Silva, on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”
Not surprisingly, Sonnen is a bit worried about his safety heading into his TUF Brazil stint, which starts early 2014, demanding extra security from UFC officials.
While Sonnen was aware of the prospect of getting jumped or stabbed while living in Brazil, he seemed genuinely unaware of the fact that getting a cap lodged in his backside was also a possibility when Folha de São Paulo brought it up during an interview.
“[Silence] I… I wouldn’t have thought on shots, but I think it is possible,” Sonnen said. “I was more concerned with the possibility of lynching, maybe knife attack. But yeah I think it’s possible. But because I am a gangster, I don’t live with fear. I do whatever I want, wherever I want… I would like to go to the beach.”
While Sonnen’s security detail probably won’t recommend strolls on crowded beaches, the likelihood of the Portland native getting assaulted in Brazil — with proper handling — are pretty slim, even though a decent amount of Brazilian fans don’t like Sonnen because of the borderline racist comments he’s hurled at them over the years, particularly during his feud with Anderson Silva — who happens to be Brazil’s favorite mixed martial artist.
Generally speaking, referring to people as “savages,” making comments about slapping another man’s wife on the rear, and generalizing large groups of people will earn you a lot more enemies than friends.
Fortunately for Sonnen, most MMA fans — Brazilians included — realize it’s all just a shtick designed to draw attention to the Chael Sonnen circus, meaning most will limit their retribution to verbal insults and, perhaps, a few threats.
Of course, there’s always the possibility of a deranged lone wolf taking things too far, but that shouldn’t be a problem for the UFC’s security team.