After losing his UFC 159 title clash against Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen briefly contemplated retirement before setting his sights on Wanderlei Silva. “The American Gangster” challenged the Brazilian to a fight, but he seems to be getting tired of waiting around for Silva to accept his offer.
“I only follow a couple of rules in fighting, but one of them is you don’t bully a guy,” Sonnen said on the May 14 episode of UFC Tonight. “If a guy doesn’t want to fight, you don’t keep picking on him. I gave him the timeline — I was also giving it to myself — if he doesn’t respond, I’ll move on. And I have.”
Wanderlei claims he hasn’t been approached by UFC officials about a potential fight against Sonnen, but it couldn’t be any clearer that the “Axe Murderer” would love to put his hands on the Portland native. The beef between the two has been brewing ever since Sonnen decided to take on everything Brazilian, and Wanderlei didn’t mince words when asked for his opinion on Chael.
“Jon Jones and Anderson [Silva] have been too nice to Chael. I want to suck his blood, I want to smell it,” Silva said per Ariel Helwani. “Not just fight. Not just fight. I want to hurt him. … Chael is a joke man. He’s going to be second forever. He’s never going to be first.”
Not one to be outtalked, Sonnen came right back at Silva after hearing the quote.
“I think the real breaking news there is that Wanderlei Silva put together a coherent sentence that somebody understood,” Chael responded. “But I can assure you Wanderlei; I will not be signing a contract for you to suck on any part of me. I suggest you go to a bath and find yourself.”
With the longtime beef between the two, a Sonnen vs. Wanderlei fight would be an easy sell for the UFC, and it’s about as good a matchup as either party can hope for right now. With his loss to Jones at UFC 159, Sonnen won’t smell a title shot anytime soon — if ever again — so he might as well try to pick fights with guys like Wanderlei — who he already has history with.
For Wanderlei (who is clearly in the final stages of his MMA career), it gives him what might be his last chance at a big payday/fight. As impressive as his TKO victory against Brian Stann at UFC on Fuel TV 8 was, it’s hard to see him getting any bigger fights at this stage of his career.