Sonnen vs. Silva finally official for May
On Sunday in Brazil, though, UFC executive Grace Tourinho confirmed to MMAjunkie that Sao Paulo will play host, and that the ink apparently is dry enough on the bout agreement between Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) to make things official. Tourinho revealed the news at the post-event news conference for UFC Fight Night 38, which took place at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
Chael Sonnen: Something 'stinks' about Wanderlei Silva, 'he's going to claim he's hurt'
Unfortunately, the West Linn, Ore., native doesn't think "The Axe Murderer" will ultimately follow through with his plans to fight even though the contract has been officially signed.
He vents (via MMA Fighting):
"It's one of those things where, something stinks here. He's talking more than ever. He's saying things like ‘Chael better not get hurt' and ‘Chael better not fall out.' I've never pulled out, ever. If I'm hurt or I'm sick, I just show up. Never do I complain or I pull out. What that's telling me, he's going to claim he's hurt. He's just doing all these things to tip his hand here, and something stinks and I don't know what it is, but something's going on.""I was with him on the set of The Ultimate Fighter, and I watched him every day not practice. It seemed like he watched me every day twice a day practice. I'd see him in the hallway and he'd see me covered in five or six pounds of sweat and he'd be walking in with fruit, he was always eating pears. He'd be walking around with a pear in his hand as dry as can be and I thought 'you don't look like a guy who's getting ready to fight,' not a five round fight, particularly not when you've been out of the ring for a year. This just doesn't make sense ... He said, I need eight weeks, that's all I need to get my body ready, and in eight weeks I'm going to get ready."
And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus
Report: Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva now UFC 175 co-main event, Junior dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic to headline UFC Fight Night 42
The bad blood grudge match between Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC Fight Night 42 was seemingly too appealing to give away for free on FOX Sports 1 on May 31, 2014. Therefore, promotion officials instead inserted Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic, which was supposed to co-headline UFC 173 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 24, 2014.
Sonnen vs. Silva will now serve as the co-main event at UFC 175, which is expected to feature Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida in the top spot if "All American" can recover from minor knee surgery (read more details here) in time for the annual Fourth of July weekend (July 5, 2014) pay-per-view (PPV) event.
And if you want beef, then bring the ruckus
i honestly dont see this fight ever happening. and it has a lot to do with wandy
This also gives chael more training off trt which is good. He said wand wasn't training that hard during tapping while he was doing 2 a days. Thats a good sign.
Chael Sonnen: Crime was committed during TUF: Brazil brawl
While the confrontations on the show will help build up the fight, Sonnen felt things were tense from the first day on the set, and got worse, leading to the explosion that airs this weekend. The fight was broken up quickly by the fighters on both teams. But before they were pulled apart, Sonnen had taken several sucker punches to the back of the head by a third person, Andre Dida, an assistant coach on Silva's team, which left him bruised up and with a small cut.
While Sonnen wasn't happy with how things went down with Silva, the third party punches from Dida he felt were far more out of line.
"It ended up being a two-on-one, and in that aspect, that was the most unfortunate part," Sonnen said. "The whole thing is regrettable. It never should have happened. That's one of the deals with reality TV. If you have a bad moment, you're caught. Everyone may have a bad moment. They go in their car, you yell, turn on the radio in you car and yell. In reality TV, if you have a bad moment, you're busted.
"And then what happened was the other knucklehead jumped in, that was a crime," he said.
That's what it was. That was straight up illegal."
He said the incident, which wasn't the first or the last between the two on the show, started when the two were waiting for weigh-ins. Silva was constantly challenging Sonnen to fight, as well as demanding that he apologize for what he had said in the past. He said Silva spit at him first. Silva took a swing and Sonnen ducked and took him down and was throwing punches when the other fighters swarmed in.
"He's very difficult," said Sonnen. "I can tell you, working alongside him on The Ultimate Fighter was really the most I ever go to know him, and it was tough on a day-to-day basis. It was really tough. He really followed a gang mentality. The more people on his side, the tougher he got."
Sonnen said he tried to explain to Silva that this was a show for Brazil, and that he, as the foreigner, was expecting to be viewed by the Brazilian audience, which hit 12 million viewers in the early episodes of the season, as the bad guy. He'd even make comments to his team that they were the "bad guys," almost like it was the name of their team.
"I had to explain to him, `I'm the bad guy, you're supposed to be the good guy,'" he said. "But when you attempt to jump me, that's going to turn the people against you and for me, and I don't want to be the good guy. I had to drop the fourth curtain and explain this to him, and it didn't register."
Problems started early, almost from the minute he walked through the door into the gym.
"They kept us apart in the back," he said. "We never saw each other. We were at different hotels, the whole bit. He's in the actual gym. I'm in the actual gym. I walk through the doors and I walk right up to him. He puts his hand out, he says to me, `You have no problem with Brazil, you just have a problem with me, let's have a good show,' that type of deal. That kind of set the tone. I was thinking, `Well, good, that's what we're here for.' It wasn't two hours later, he was cursing, he quit the show, he shoved me, pretty much right off the bat."
Sonnen said he never bought the part where Silva walked out.
"He quit and the Brazil thing on the show was fake," he said. "It couldn't have been more fake. He said, `I'm gonna quit if you don't apologize,' never once thinking, if I didn't apologize, he would have painted himself into a corner where he had to quit, which, of course, you can't do."
Anyone with fightpass watch the 'fight'?
Questionable at best.
A big question is, with how much the UFC talked about security for Chael, why was there absolutely no security during the whole fight / custerfuck?
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