Chael Sonnen has been called the greatest trash talker of all time (that’s a compliment) from UFC President Dana White. He even feels Sonnen surpasses what was Muhammed Ali’s ability to sell a fight.
UFC fans and the MMA media have come to expect this from Sonnen and that is what was expected when we dialed into the UFC 148 media call on Monday. Chael was there. Dana was there. And then there was another guy on the call that strongly resembled the UFC middleweight champion.
Except this guy could sell a fight. This guy was mean. This guy was dirty. This guy was disrespectful. And this guy wants to hurt Chael Sonnen… badly.
Anderson Silva was asked how he will prevent getting taken down again and spending much of the fight on his back like what happend in their first bout.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m on the bottom, the side, the top, it doesn’t matter. Chael Sonnen is going to get his ass kicked like he’s never gotten his ass kicked before,” Silva said. “What I’m going to do inside the Octagon is something that is going to change the image of the sport. I’m going to beat his ass like he’s never been beaten before. I’m going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broken, his legs are broke. He’s not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself. I can guarantee that. And I know that he’s listening, so the game’s over. No more [expletive] talking. It’s on now.”
Over the past couple years Sonnen has said a lot of bad things about Anderson Silva, his friends, his teammates, his countrymen and even his wife. Silva was asked if Sonnen ever crossed the line.
“It didn’t affect me personally but I’m just going to make him pay and make him eat everything he said. Not only about myself, but about our country, about everything,” Silva said. “I’m going to make him pay and make sure that he never disrespects any Brazilian fighter. Not only Brazilian, but any fighter. I’m going to beat him maybe the way his parents should have beat him to teach him some manners, because he’s disrespectful, he’s a criminal and I’m going to beat him up like he’s never been beat before. The game’s over. He can say whatever he wants but I’m not playing anymore. He’s going to get beat like he’s never been beaten before.”
Sonnen will get his shot at Silva’s title one more time on July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in the UFC 148 headliner. Will Sonnen be able to get Silva down again and then finish him, or at least not get submitted himself? Will Silva be able to make adjustments so he doesn’t end up on his back again for nearly five full rounds?
Silva was asked how he sees the fight playing out as compared to their first bout at UFC 117 in August 2010. “There’s going to be no difference from the first time we fought,” Silva said. “He stepped out the loser and he’s going to step out losing again this time. The only difference this time he’s going to have to go see a plastic surgeon after the fight.”
After Silva had shocked everyone by saying he would break all of Sonnen’s teeth, his arms and legs, there came another question for the champ. His translator/manager Ed Soares translated it to Portugese… but there was no response, he had hung up. The call operator said she would dial him back but White said there was no need and he’d said everything he needed to. Soares agreed. White said the media could still ask questions for Sonnen, as well as UFC 148 co-headliners Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz, who were also on the call.
The next question was for Sonnen. “How do you feel about what Anderson has been saying on this call, the timing of it and the fire behind it. What’s your impression of the call today?”
Listen to everything Anderson Silva had to say and hear Chael Sonnen’s response. Co-headliners Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin were also on the call. Listen to it all here: UFC 148 media call with Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.