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Ed Soares Doesn’t Believe Chael Sonnen Is A “Big Fight”

Although Chael Sonnen easily took home a unanimous decision over Nate Marquardt inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, believes there’s still a lot of work to be done before Sonnen gets the privilege of entering a five-round title fight, especially against his client.

“I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve a title shot,” Soares told “He is a tough guy and he just beat a very good Nate Marquardt. He fought really well.”

However …

“He just got submitted by Demian Maia and he really isn’t the most exciting fighter,” Soares added. “The only way Chael Sonnen’s fights end early is when he gets submitted.”

That might sting a little for some of you Sonnen fans, however Soares has got you on this one. Although the Team Quest-trained fighter holds a respectable 24-10-1 pro mark, 14 of his wins have been handed to him by the judges sitting cage-side.

Soares has reiterated time and again that the only way to ensure Silva goes down as the best to ever put on a pair of MMA gloves would be for him to defend his title against fellow greats.

“We just want to be involved in the biggest fights possible,” Soares said, “and would a fight with Chael Sonnen be a big fight? Not really.”