While Anderson Silva impressed many MMA fans with his performance against Yushin Okami at UFC 134, Chael Sonnen definitely isn’t one of them. Sonnen refused to give Silva any credit for his performance against Okami on Aug. 27, lashing out at the UFC middleweight champion via Twitter.
“We call Andy ‘champ’ like we call developmentally disabled animals ‘champ.'” Sonnen tweeted. “Good boy, Andy, good boy!”
Many expected Okami to put up a decent performance against Silva, given the fact the Japanese MMA fighter teamed up with Sonnen leading up to UFC 134. Sonnen is the only UFC fighter to ever dominate the scorecards against Silva, even though he eventually tapped-out in the fifth. Many hardcore MMA fans refuse to give Sonnen credit for his UFC 117 performance against Silva, given the subsequent revelation that the Portland native was on PED’s.
Sonnen doesn’t really deserve a second shot at MMA’s pound-for-pound king, but I for one would like to see it. Personally, I believe Silva’s claim that a rib-injury affected his takedown defense, given how well he handled Okami.
MMA fans deserve to find out the truth about what went down at UFC 117. Besides, there is no doubt that a fight between Silva and Sonnen will fill up any stadium in the country, mostly due to Sonnen’s ability sell fights.
Sonnen is probably the best MMA fighter in the UFC at selling fights right now, and the promotion would be wise to capitalize on that. Chael definitely crosses the line with some of his comments, and his newest attack on Silva couldn’t have been anymore distasteful.
Sonnen still has to get past MMA veteran Brian Stann at UFC 136, but he is the favorite going into the fight. Stann ran into some problems the last time he faced a solid wrestler, losing to Phil Davis at “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale.” Hopefully, Chael will be able to utilize his wrestling skills against Stann, and walk away with the win at UFC 136.