Chael Sonnen’s upcoming fight with Brian Stann set for UFC 136 in October has been all-but-confirmed to be a No. 1 contender match for the middleweight title.
But, Sonnen (25-11-1) has plans on taking on Anderson Silva, even if Silva isn’t successful against Yushin Okami Saturday night at UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami.
Sonnen, who had “The Spider” down on all three scorecards when they met at UFC 117 before falling by submission, wants a rematch – and it has nothing to do with if his friend and training partner Okami has the strap.
“Dana (White) and I are at a crossroads. Dana wants this to be a No. 1 contender’s match and wants me to fight for the championship,” Sonnen said. “I don’t have anything against fighting my friend Yushin Okami, who will be the champion by then, but I have unfinished business with Anderson Silva. For me, what I am lobbying for, is win or lose, I will fight Anderson Silva next. Anderson will be working his way back up, or should I say working his way down. I’m going to grab him and beat him up anyway, just for laughs, just on principle. Just for my sheer entertainment, I’m going to slap that guy around.
“I don’t need his little tin belt. I’m already the champion.”
Sonnen was set to face Silva in a rematch before his legal troubles got in the way. Now, it would seem Sonnen has no cares about the UFC title.
As for how the fight goes down between Silva and Okami, Sonnen sees it one way: all Okami.
“Yushin’s gotta be a clear favorite. Yushin’s that much better than Anderson. Yushin beat Anderson the last time they fought,” Sonnen said. “It’s real hard to imagine how Anderson would win, but that doesn’t mean he can’t. He’s pulled it off a few times before. I think the hardest part of selling this fight, aas they say, is convincing people that Anderson’s actually got a chance.”
Sonnen, as usual, also has an opinion on the much-talked about superfight between Silva and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
“I think it would be one-sided, a very easy match for GSP,” Sonnen stated.
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