UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen says he meant what he said inside the Octagon after his victory over Brian Stann when he challenged UFC champion Anderson Silva. Sonnen tossed out a loser-leaves-town stipulation, saying he would leave the UFC if he lost. “The Spider,” meanwhile, would be forced to depart the 185-pound division if he was defeated.
Sonnen, while talking with Fighthype.com recently, was surprised that the Brazilian did not accept the match immediately.
“Shocked. He comes from a fighting culture,” Sonnen said. “I was blown away that he would insult his entire heritage like that. Behind the scenes, I knew he was a coward, but in a million years, I never thought he would show it publicly.”
Sonnen, who lost via submission to Silva last year in a bout for the UFC middleweight championship, is still hoping to receive a rematch with Silva in February.
“My next opponent, the venue, and the stakes are already set.” Sonnen said. “I am clearly the UFC champion, recognized world-wide and prepared to defend my title against all comers.”