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How does the old saying go? Never wake a sleeping giant? You probably don't want to "wake" the pound for pound best fighter on the planet either, Chael Sonnen.
As avid MMA fans, we have all been witness to the media blitz that Sonnen has been on the last few weeks, hyping the fight with Silva next month at UFC 117. A fight that was already a "must see" has now had the stakes raised, with plenty of media clips that will be played over and over in these last 3 weeks leading up to the fight.
I thought Dana White was going to put Silva on the undercard? Anyways...
Evidently, the politician Sonnen, isn't to fond of baggy pants either.
"He’s a grown man with earrings. He’s a grown man with saggy pants, pink t-shirts and crooked hats. Go join a gang, don’t get in the UFC. If you want to hang out as a street thug, go do it. But if you stand in my way, I am going to run right through you."
Holy Moly. Sound like Chael has some other things eating him up, but we will focus on the fight. This fight will end up like all of the other fights Silva has had in the octagon though, only this time, he is going to have to work for the victory like he never has before.
Yes, we did see a game Dan Henderson and Travis Lutter turn in 2 of the best performances against Silva, but the results were the same nonetheless. I always like Chael's gritty attitude and style, and even gave him more respect after a tough win over Nate Marquardt. I still can't believe that one...
For the sake of a good fight, I hope that Silva gets pushed to the brink, which in turn, should produce the best performance of the world's best fighter, earning him back some of the respect he might of lost over the last couple of fights. This type of verbal public flogging is what Silva needed, and I'm sure a big reason why Dana White made the fight date sooner than later. He knew of Chael's feelings towards Silva, and figured this was a good why to hopefully get the champion's warrior spirt back where it needs to be.
Surely Silva wouldn't put the same antics on display again, would he? Either way, I don't think Sonnen will let that happen. It will be a hell of a night if Anderson is able to showboat on Sonnen and still put a hurtin on him.
At first, I liked what Sonnen was doing, but at this point, I think it's overkill. Go join a gang? Eh?
Wouldn't you want to watch your trash talking in the likely event you get your a** kicked by "The Spider?"
Maybe Chael knows something the rest of don't about the night of August 7th.
Silva, not one to do alot of talking of any type, recently commented on the huge fight on the horizon and the skillset that Sonnen possesses.
"Chael is good fighter," said Silva in broken English. "I'm training with my friends 'King Mo' [Lawal], Lyoto Machida. I don't know, it's a fight. You ready? I'm ready."
Anderson also likes the matchup a "go for broke" style like Sonnen brings to the table. Is this exactly what Silva needs to get back in the UFC and fans good graces? Does he think a fired up Chael coming directly at him bodes will for the night?
"Cool," said Silva. "Nice. Nice idea."
"I want a kiss from him at the end," said Silva.
I don't think that will happen, but I really can't picture any concessions made by Sonnen in the likely event that he loses.
"Of course," said Silva when asked if Sonnen poses to him any problems. "Chael Sonnen has a lot to offer. He's a hell of a fighter. You know, we're joking around but it's a title fight and I expect a great fight from him."
Alot of the talk has centered on the antics of Silva in his last fight against Damian Maia. Was Sonnen as turned off as everybody else watching?
"I [saw] those antics against Forrest (Griffin); Forrest got baited into it and got knocked out for his efforts, so I don't blame [Silva] for doing that stuff, and I don't consider it unsportsmanlike because I don't know what's in his heart. Meaning to be a jerk, well, that's unsportsmanlike. When he doesn't mean to be a jerk, it's kind of hard to pin that on him."
Being a self proclaimed angel, I was surprised to hear those comments from the challenger, but it will soon be settled either way.
Fight night yet?
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