UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva is widely considered to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world but the Brazilian striking expert alienated himself from many fans with his polarizing UFC 112 performance against Demian Maia in April. Despite the rampant fan criticism Silva drew for his showboating, no one has been more vocal on the subject of Silva’s character flaws as top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen has been publicly trashing Silva and his camp since before he was even announced to be the next title challenger and has pulled in quite a bit of attention for his efforts. For his part, the champion has stayed characteristically cool including when the two had a brief confrontation at the UFC Fan Expo this past May. A fan video shows Sonnen dissing the UFC middleweight champion while Silva brushes him off. You can watch the video below:
Silva and Sonnen will meet to dispute the middleweight title August 7th in the main event of UFC 117 which takes place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. That fight will be supported on the main card by bouts between top welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, lightweights Clay Guida and Rafael Dos Anjos, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes and Ricardo Almeida, and top heavyweight contenders Roy Nelson and Junior Dos Santos.