Mixed martial arts veteran Wanderlei Silva pretty much wears his disdain for Chael Sonnen on his sleeves.
The Brazilian recently confronted Sonnen at the Mr. Olympia expo, yelling a bunch of mother****ers at the self-proclaimed number one bad guy in MMA.
Well-known for his propensity for trash talking, Sonnen fired back at Silva during the Oct. 2 episode of “UFC Tonight.”
“I’m all for Wanderlei having a little fun, good for him, let him have his fun. But Wanderlei, three things. First off, if you’re going to do a publicity stunt, do not bring your own camera. It looks staged, which it was. It insults your audience. Assume that they’re going to connect the dots. Show up somewhere where a camera is, and then go into your little routine,” Sonnen said. “Secondly, in this country and within this industry, if you refuse to fight a guy, like you did me, you forfeit your right to then talk about that person in this type of fashion. Accosting somebody in public, can be regrettable. Accosting a gangster can be hazardous.”
Wanderlei might want to take things easy for his own safety; I’m guessing no one has told him about the mean streets of West Linn.
Sonnen also challenged Silva to a “conventional interview,” on the set of UFC Tonight, a challenge MMA fans can only hope Silva accepts.
Chael is set to face Rashad Evans on Nov. 16 at UFC 167, but given how much time and attention the Sonnen-Silva saga has been getting, I wouldn’t be surprised if Evans comes up with a “training injury,” giving Wanderlei the opportunity to courageously step up in his place on short notice, motivated to defend the honor of the entire nation of Brazil.
If you haven’t noticed yet, the UFC has become increasingly good at peasant manipulation.