PRIDE and UFC veteran Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva is one of the most respected figures in the sport of mixed martial arts, bar none. In a recent video blog released by the Wand Fight Team, Silva attempts to teach brash middleweight contender Chael Sonnen a few things about respect in an awkward van ride to do some UFC promoting. Props to CagePotato for the find and the transcription.
Sonnen recently battled middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva for five rounds, dominating the champ for the majority of the fight before getting tapped by the champ late in the fifth. Though he lost the actual fight, the pre-battle hype was all Sonnen as the one-time Oregonian political hopeful spewed a steady stream of entertaining trash talk for months preceding the battle. Not everyone (Wanderlei Silva in particular) found his tirades entertaining, however, especially when it concerned his cultural commentary about the country of Brazil.
“I’m thinking. You sell the fight, you make a promotion, it’s good, but you need to be careful talking about some things, like Brazil,” Silva told Sonnen from the back seat of a UFC van. “You’re talking bad things about Brazil. You don’t know Brazil. When you’re something you don’t know, you need to respect that thing.”
Sonnen’s barrage of insults managed to hit just about anyone associated with the Brazilian fighter, including MMA legends and twin brothers Antonio Rogerio and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. When Sonnen responded to Silva’s initial warning with, “Sure. That’s not totally true. I’ve been to Brazil, actually,” Wanderlei pointed to his lack of respect towards the Nogueira’s as another reason for him to watch what he says during fight promotion.
“No, no, you’ve been to Brazil, but I am Brazilian,” Silva said. “Like you’ve been talking about the Nogueira brothers. These guys are the history of the sport; we need to respect these guys. You challenging [Anderson] is okay. You know. One to one, you know? The promotion is good, but you need to respect some things. These guys need respect; and the country, you know? We need to have a good conduct about that. Okay? Don’t do that anymore, because that’s danger, no?”
Sonnen replied with a curt, “Sure,” but Silva wasn’t quite done issuing not-so-friendly advice to him.
“In Brazil we have a saying: ‘You have respect, you don’t lose your teeth.’ In Brazil we say that,” Silva said. “Give respect, because we don’t know about the future, no?”
Again Sonnen kept it short, actually telling Wanderlei, “Sure. Thank you.” Silva’s steadfast defense of his principals and morals is just one of the many reasons he still retains a legion of faithful fans. Regardless of what you think would happen in a fight between the two, Silva’s unwavering demand for general respect is something that cannot be looked down upon.