At the recent UFC 115 Fan Q & A, top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen continued his entertaining (if not at times off base) character assassination of champion Anderson Silva. Most of what he said he has said before; he described how he will beat Anderson down and how Anderson has been ducking him, etc. This time however, he also took aim at Silva’s credentials and blasted the renowned jiu jitsu experts and twins Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira who awarded Silva his jiu jitsu black belt.
Sonnen began by offering his somewhat realistic view of his skills in the face of Silva’s.
“I’m gonna throw him on his back and beat a hole in his face to tell you the truth,” Sonnen said of his plans for his UFC 117 meeting with the feared Brazilian striker. “Until I can do that I’m gonna have to stand up there on our feet and I’ve been at that a long time. I have no illusions of going and competing in professional boxing or something like that but I can fight on my feet. I know what I’m doing there.”
The aspiring politician also offered to fans the source of his motivation.
“One thing is jealousy on my part,” he said. “He’s got what I want and envy keeps me up at night. Is that true? Can we just be fair and say that? He’s got twelve pounds of gold and I want it. There can be only one champion. We can’t all get along.”
Somewhere in the mix, Sonnen decided that blasting the legendary Nogueira brothers fit in to his tirade and he did so by downplaying their skills and the merit of the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt that they awarded to “The Spider.”
“He’s got a black belt under the Nogueira brothers,” Sonnen pointed out. “I think a black belt under the Nogueira brothers is like saying, ‘I got a free toy in my happy meal.’ I don’t really understand what the big deal is; one of them is a punching bag and the other one I just ignore. He’s really irrelevant.”
Love him or hate him one thing is for sure, Sonnen is great at attracting attention and stirring up dust and he is doing just that in promotion of his impending bout with Silva. The bout is still a couple of months away (UFC 117 is slated to go down on August 7) but fans are already salivating over the match up. If Demian Maia’s tame trash talk got Silva as riled up as he said it did, it will be very interesting to see what effect Sonnen’s vitriolic commentary will have on him.