In case, for some reason, you were a little murky as to where Chael Sonnen stands on UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, he made it very clear last night after running through Brian Stann.
Sonnen ignored Joe Rogan’s post-fight query of whether or not he was happy with his performance to challenge The Spider – who was sitting cageside – to a “loser-leaves-town” match on Super Bowl weekend. Silva did little in response other than raise his eyebrows and that only served to rile West Linn, Oregon’s favorite gangster up even more.
“As far as Anderson goes, we’re playing for keeps this time,” Sonnen said at the evening’s post-fight press conference. “I’ve had it with this guy. And he’s probably had it with me, so let’s just figure this thing out once and for all. You heard what I said, and my word is good and I meant it. A deal’s a deal and I didn’t see him stand-up and accept the challenge. If the role would have been on the other foot I’d have come over that (fence) and shoved that microphone up his ass if he would have said that to me. But you saw what he did. He sat there, and it was a good move.”
Still sticking to his guns that he’s the true UFC middleweight champ, Sonnen explained that he’s not after money or fame here – he’s got plenty. No, he wants the belt and the satisfaction of finally beating his biggest rival.
“I’m after 12 pounds of gold, and as far as I’m concerned, that belt is worth nothing more than a piece of tin when it’s around [Silva’s] waist,” Sonnen said. “I am the true middleweight champion.”