Embattled UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen took some time off from sorting out his personal life to take a jab at his favorite rival, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Saturday night in the main event of UFC 126, Silva defended his belt for the record-breaking (his own) eighth defense of his middleweight title by knocking out dangerous striker Vitor Belfort in the first round of their middleweight clash. It was the first time had Silva appeared in action since defeating Sonnen in an epic five-round battle this past August, that saw Silva rally from near-defeat to tap Sonnen out in the last frame. Apparently, Silva’s highlight reel finish over Belfort was not enough to win over “Uncle Chael.”
“Thank you, Anderson, for revealing yet another weakness for me to exploit in our rematch. Beating that poor punching bag doesn’t impress Uncle Chael, guy,” he told PaulLazenby.com. “You tipped your hand like a chump poker player at a $5 table in Atlantic City. You may have beaten Vitor, but in the process, you LOST your edge. By beating that husk, you gave me the last page of your playbook. Revel in your time, it ENDS the night you face me. I will mow you down like autumn wheat, AGAIN.”
As CagePotato.com pointed out, Sonnen’s assessment of Vitor Belfort’s skill level contradicts comments he made prior to a Belfort-Silva match that was scheduled (and ultimately canceled) before Sonnen got his shot at “The Spider.”
“I hope Anderson wins because I think Vitor is a lot tougher fighter,” Sonnen said. “If I had to choose between the two, I’m going to take the low road and take the easier opponent to the championship … I really do think Vitor Belfort, in truth, has never lost a fight in the stand-up realm. The blueprint to beat Vitor is out there, but it’s not to stand up with him.”
Sonnen may be doing his best to remind the MMA world that he is still relevant while he takes time off from the sport to address recent issues he had with the California State Athletic Commission as well as deal with the repercussions of his recent guilty plea in a case accusing him of real estate fraud.