Chael Sonnen. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Over the past weekend, Twitter was abuzz when it was reported that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen had a confrontation during the UFC Fan Expo.
“You know, I was really trying to be helpful. Anderson was signing a group of autographs, he looked like he didn’t want to be signing them and I let him know that in two months he won’t have to sign anymore because nobody will care about him again,” said Sonnen on ProMMARadio.com.
According to the host, the situation escalated when Sonnen’s comments were translated to Silva and the middleweight champion approached Sonnen for a little face-to-face interaction.
“I was going down the hallway with my manager Jeff and he came up, I heard somebody say my name and I thought gosh is that Anderson and I looked back, well it was Anderson sure enough,” Sonnen continued. “I don’t know how much of an interaction it was going to be but it was really quite uneventful frankly.”
Sonnen has been very vocal over the past month voicing his displeasure on a variety of things including how Silva handled himself in his bout with Demian Maia at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. Sonnen called Silva “a liar” and said, “I’m going to pick him up and put him on his prissy little ass. You can guarantee that.”
“I want to fight Anderson Silva. I’ve wanted to fight him for four years. I’ve been sticking my finger in his chest and told him for four years to stay away from me and for four years he has but for whatever reason he decided in the hallway yesterday was a good idea to break that streak,” said Sonnen. “There were a lot of people and it ended well but on August 7 there won’t be a lot of people and it’s not going to end well.
“It’s a large part about the title; it’s a large part about him. He’s not my kind of guy. We’re not going to be friends in real life, we’re just not. But on top of that, it’s truly also a point to prove to everybody else in the division that one guy has challenged Anderson Silva in four years, one guy – me, you can’t find a challenge anywhere, by any other athlete in this company except me because every other 85 pounder and 205 pounder and everybody else in the UFC is a bunch of cowards except me. One guy wants to fight the champion; one guy is willing to be the best. That’s why I have this fight because nobody else will do it.”
Sonnen will try to make good on his promises when he meets Silva at UFC 117 on August 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The card will also feature a welterweight contender bout between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves.
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