Although Chael Sonnen faces the toughest test of his professional career when he meets Nate Marquardt at UFC 109, he can’t seem to get middleweight champ Anderson Silva and his “invincibility” out of his mind.
“That guy’s no more the top fighter out there than Bigfoot is roaming the woods,” Sonnen told MMAWeekly.com. “That is an absolute myth, and all these guys can buy into it, but there’s a young man out in Portland, Oregon, that is not signing up on that bandwagon.”
Sonnen, who owns an impressive 23-10-1 professional record, elaborated on his perspective about Silva’s disrespect toward the mixed martial arts media. The same outlets that helped build his aura of invincibility and legendary status.
“It’s quite ironic that all the media comes on and talks about how great this guy is for reasons that are completely un-understandable to me,” Sonnen openly questioned. “How great Anderson Silva is, and all of us fighters are in the back going, ‘jeez, they’re out there massaging his ego, Anderson hates them so much, he pretends he can’t understand them.’
“If Anderson ever signed to fight me, which is highly unlikely, he’ll be getting a verbal beating like you’ve never seen. And his language barrier won’t be the point of interest.”
Before he can even think of a bout with Silva, Sonnen will have to get past Nate Marquardt at UFC 109: Relentless. The event takes place on February 6, 2010 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.