Chael Sonnen accepts Anderson Silva’s challenge to fight in Brazil

Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has agreed to face divisional champion Anderson Silva in his own backyard, going on Twitter Sunday night to accept a recent challenge laid down by “The Spider”.

Sonnen, who lost via submission to Silva last year, called out the pound-for-pound king following his most recent win over Brian Stann. However, Silva shrugged off Sonnen’s request, stating he didn’t feel the outspoken 185er deserved another shot after only picking up a single win since his defeat but might be willing to reconsider if the bout took place in Brazil.

As chance would have it, stories have surfaced saying the UFC is planning a card in Sao Paulo, Brazil at mid-year in 2012 by which time Silva should be fully recovered from a shoulder injury.

“I accept Anderson. Brazil it is. Now then, about that meal,” wrote Sonnen through the social networking site.

Sonnen’s meal reference was to comments he made concerning Silva’s wife in a past interview where he mentioned going into the Silva house and having her cook him a steak. The comments upset Silva quite a bit, obviously Sonnen’s plan all along.

For now, Silva is on the shelf due to bursitis in his shoulder.

Meanwhile, reports have surfaced stating Sonnen could face Mark Munoz at the next UFC on FOX in January with the match-up serving to determine the top contender to Silva’s belt.

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18 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    So…Chael doesn’t deserve a shot unless it’s in Brazil? At least this fight is going down.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    A champ fighting on his home turf is hardly out of the norm. And considering it’s against a guy who was suspended for cheating the first time they fought, who Anderson defeated anyway, I don’t think the champ asking for the fight in his backyard is unreasonable.

    Obviously Chael will take the fight anywhere he can get it – he just needs his rematch and shot at the biggest payday of his career. The dude will be 35 years old if/when he fights Silva again, and once his fighting days are over I’m not sure what he falls back on after having his real estate license revoked (and short-lived political run). Defending himself against the feds in the mortgage fraud case probably put a dent in the bank account too. Not suggesting Chael will be on the streets at age 40; he’ll probably continue to be able to afford a good steak (maybe even someone to cook it for him), but he will continue to do whatever he can to ensure he gets that one big payday.

    I’m not sure how I feel about Chael fighting Munoz in the meantime. If Chael loses that would really spoil all this nonsense from the past several months. Let Chael wait for Anderson, and have Munoz fight somebody else so he can earn his opportunity to face the winner of Chael-Silva II. And that way once Anderson takes care of Chael there will be another challenger waiting. It’s not like there are a lot of intriguing options out there for Silva right now… Munoz is about as close as it gets.

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  • edub says:

    If Dan Henderson is any indicator (and he should be) then Chael will be able to fight on well into his 40′s. Dan started the the TRT treatment right around the age of 35, and Chael started somewhere around 33. Dan hasn’t slowed a bit (except for late rounds of fights), and I doubt Chael will do the same.

    Chael-Anderson is still a 50-50 matchup and it will be interesting to see what will happen if Chael finishes a dominant 5 rounds against the GOAT in his home country. Hopefully, Paulo Thiago is in attendance with B.O.P.E. because it is very likely they will be needed (if he wins obviously, and maybe even if he loses).

    Munoz is the logical fight, and doesn’t offer Chael much of a threat. Sure he has a great wrestling pedigree, but he’s also the same guy that got outwrestled and outsruck by Okami (the same guy Chael dominated from bell to bell.

    BTW, If anybody would like to read up on TRT usage and other steroids in MMA; Fightopinion.com has a great article on the front page with an interview and quotes of Victor Conte. If you are interested in the topic it is a must read.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Conte is an interesting fellow, obviously well versed on the PED discussion. TRT may allow Chael to hang on longer than he otherwise would (hell, I think it’s already been a significant factor in allowing Chael to go from guy whose best win thru 30 pro fights was Prangley, to the consensus #2 MW a handful of fights later), but I wouldn’t go so far as to assume he’ll follow the path of Hendo to age 40 & beyond. Chael has never been on Hendo’s level as a mixed martial artist and no amount of synthetic tesoterone will bridge that gap.

    The Chael-Munoz fight is plenty logical in a basic sense, especially with Anderson seemingly on the shelf for a while, but I just think it’s too big of a gamble. Both from Chael’s perspective and that of the UFC. If the MW division was more interesting, with more contenders to shuffle around, then fine…take your chances and roll with the punches. But the current state of the MW division is just way too thin as far as top contenders who can pose an intriguing matchup for Anderson. And Munoz-Chael isn’t even a marketable fight anyway, so to gamble on *that* fight would just be foolish. Without the Spider, Munoz and Chael are solid fighters who get their 30K guaranteed money for a middle slot on a PPV card but that no casual fans are going out of their way to watch. Don’t risk the fight we all want to see for that.

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  • edub says:

    Chael is most certainly on Hendo’s level as a Mixed martial artist now. All one has to do is look at the way both faired against Anderson Silva in their respective matchups. Dan got a round by wrestling, then got beat up and submitted the next round. Chael pounded Silva for 4 and a half rounds until he got caught by MMA’s version of a hail mary. Besides Hendo’s best wins as a mixed martial artist all came after his reported start of TRT usage in 2006 (besides the Big Nog win, although it was only Nog’s 7th pro fight). Wanderlei, Vitor, Franklin, Fedor, etc. Before that he was on a 4-2 streak with two KO’s of Chonan and Gono, 2 contentious decisions to Bustamante and Misaki, an armbar loss to Lil Nog, and a clear decision loss to Misaki in the rematch.

    As for what the UFC will do after Chael steamrolls Munoz (most likely), or Munoz beats Chael; They’re the UFC. They can market Bisping as the most worthy opponent after his win over Jason Miller, or do the exact opposite with Mayhem (and show his near submission of Jake shields over and over). Hell Hendo just won what maybe is the fight of the century and has already said he would go back down to 185 for a fight with Silva. That’s a rematch the UFC could market the hell out of. Other than that you have Tim Kennedy reported to move over, Jacare on the sidelines, and Rockhold sitting in a dying promotion with a championship belt wrapped around his waist.

    Again, you’re severly underrating Chael’s marketability. Munoz isn’t even in the same league with this guy when it comes to casual fans. Chael’s on MMA live weekly now, he’s paired with Silva anytime the Spider’s name comes up, and he even has people thinking Anderson is ducking him now. Chael without Anderson is a household name now. Any fight with his name on it right now is marketabale. Especially, when he makes top 10/5 guys look like shit.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    And, edub, I understand your point wasn’t as much about Chael being on Hendo’s level as it was Chael being able to hang on to fight at a later age, but I just think even mentioning the two together is a stretch.

    Hendo had established himself as a Hall of Famer before the PED/TRT stuff. Meanwhile, Chael was just a guy trying to make it back to the UFC when he started TRT (he was diagnosed with hypogonadism in ’08; his 2nd go-round with the UFC didn’t come till ’09).

    Barry Bonds was well on his way to the Hall of Fame, with multiple MVPs before age 30, before any hint of steroid talk. Sammy Sosa was a middle of the road corner outfielder who bounced around a with a couple teams before landing with the Cubbies and going bonkers during the height of the steroid era. Much different pedigrees/track records… and Bonds kept dominating past age 40, while Sosa flamed out in his mid-30s.

    The talent level betweeen the two was just too severe that TRT or any other magic drug could begin to bridge the gap. That’s kinda how I see it with Hendo and Chael. I expect Chael’s descent to be more steep than you might think.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I could be wrong but I thought Henderson was already holding belts in multiple weight classes during his pride run before the TRT stuff came up. Regardless, I think comparing Chael’s track record & legacy to that of Chael Sonnen is somewhat laughable.

    And making a comparison based only on their respective fights with Silva doesn’t work for me because, as we’ve been thru before, I can’t simply overlook the fact Silva was fighting with a rib injury. So two things: I think Hendo would have looked better if Silva had been injured when they fought, and secondly I think the rematch will clear this up when a healthy Silva dominates Chael. But we gotta wait for that part to be proven correct (or make me eat my words), so that’s why I don’t want the chance of a matchup with Munoz to screw up that opportunity.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Errr…yeah, now I’m comparing Chael to Chael. Meant to say putting Chael on Hendo’s level is a bit absurd, IMO, if we’re basing it on accomplishments. But anyway. I just want to see the rematch since I’ve wasted so much time talking about it.

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  • MickeyC says:

    The UFC better provide extra security to Chael if that fight goes down in Brazil. I can see the headlines now ” UFC fighter kidnapped rapped, beaten, and held for ransom” . Chael has said some dispespectful things about not only Anderson but the Brazilian people as well. Watch yo back!

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  • edub says:

    Yea, we don’t need to keep going with this so Ill just add to the thought that hendo wasn’t on TRT til somewhat recently:

    Hendo has been the forerunner of the TRT usage. His use doesn’t have a defined start date (obviously he’s not going to put records like that out over the internet), but it’s been thought to have started in 2006 with him kind of hinting at this fact in interviews. Somewhere around the second Kazuo Misaki fight is the general thought among a some I have spoken with at length about this situation, which was before the second Wanderlei fight (when he won the second title). If that is the case (which I’m not saying is a definite, but it is something I personally believe) then it would explain his higher success level at the larger weights thereafter.

    Also I wasn’t trying to say Chael has accomplished anything close to Hendo, I just meant at this stage of their careers (and in the past year or two) chael has been at or exceeded Hendo’s skill.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I think this will be by far biggest challenge for Silva. If he can get by Sonnen second time I don’t see anyone at 185 beating him.

    Personally I hope Chael beats Silva in convincing fashion so everyone will stop talking about TRT, broken ribs, money laundering and everything else with the first fight.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    “Sammy Sosa was a middle of the road corner outfielder who bounced around a with a couple teams before landing with the Cubbies”

    Ummm, no.

    He was with the White Sox for 3 years and Texas for 80 AB’s….at the age of 20. You cannot call someone a ‘middle of the road outfielder’ prior to them being able to buy a beer.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Tired of Sonnen…. hope Silva or a brazilian militia finishes him.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ummm, no.

    He was with the White Sox for 3 years and Texas for 80 AB’s….at the age of 20. You cannot call someone a ‘middle of the road outfielder’ prior to them being able to buy a beer.

    I think we’re in the wrong forum, but Sammy was 23 years old with over 1,000 plate appearances in the bigs before he landed with the Cubbies. Much different than a guy getting a cup of coffee as a late season call up.

    Thru age 25, Slammin’ Sammy had played for 3 teams (including the Cubs), with over 2,500 career plate appearances, and at that point his adjusted OPS+ was an even 100 (which means exactly league average, hence the term “middle of the road”). His minor league track record was equally uninspiring. Barry on the other hand had already taken home his first MVP trophy by age 25.

    My point in bringing this up is that Sammy was simply not the type of natural talent that a guy like Barry Bonds was, and this is the loose comparison I’d draw with Chael & Hendo. Barry, with his superior natural ability, was still dominating past age 40 while Sammy flamed out in his mid-30s. Similarly, while Hendo is still fighting at an incredibly high level past age 40 I would not assume TRT will allow Chael to do the same. Totally different pedigree between those two guys, IMO.

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  • Creature says:

    The UFC better have tons of security, metal detectors all over the place, and make Chael be transported by way of SWAT van lol. And when he wins (my opinion), they better have a jet prepped and ready to get him out of there ASAP aha no post fight press conference.

    I think Chael runs through Munoz honestly, I dont see Munoz having anything Sonnen hasnt already proved he can handle. I also think as long as Sonnen has done enough to make sure he doesnt get submitted he takes the title, if he looses again.. i honestly only see Hendo having a legit chance at winning.. maybe a slight chance to Mayhem ;) After Munoz looses i think they match up Bisping/Mayhem winner with Belcher or AJ/Belfort winner for next title shot.

    Honestly i think the whole TRT thing is a bit exaggerated on how much it really does for someone, i think Hendo being on TRT has nothing to do with his major success and how long he can keep it up.. As to more of him just putting his tools together and being much more efficient, he always had huge power and great chin.. Comparing Sonna/Silva to Hendo/Silva isnt accurate, Hendo and Chael are 2 very different fighters. I dont think Chael will ever surpass Hendo in terms of accomplishments, as i honestly think Hendo is most likely 1 more win away from leapfrogging Silva for P4P greatest.

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  • edub says:

    How can Hendo be #1 PFP greatest, when he’s never even been #1 in whichever weight class he was competing?

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  • Creature says:

    Because if he somehow manages to beat Jones or Machida if he pulls off the upset, that would make him #1 hence the “most likely 1 more win away from leapfrogging Silva for P4P greatest.”

    I think taking the LHW or MW title (depending on which fight the UFC offers him 1st) is that one last thing he needs to seal his spot among the greatest. Im not saying his chances are favorable to get either of those wins, odds are against him no doubt, but how could anyone honestly argue against it if he does?

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  • Niv says:

    Hendo in my opinion has surpassed Randy Couture as the greatest mma fighter from the US. If we look at Hendo’s career and see the titles and championships he’s held it’s simply amazing.

    He’s a Rings Champion, a UFC tournament Champion, a Pride Champion in 2 weight classes simultaneously, a Strikeforce Champion, regardless of what he does from now on I can’t help but think he’s cemented himself as the greatest American martial artist of all-time.

    Now on a negative side, if you read the article that edub pointed out at Fightopinion.com there’s no way I can come away saying that TRT therapy has nothing to do with his successes late in his career.

    Now edub I have to disagree with you on the point that Hendo was never the #1 in whichever weight class he was competing, the titles he’s amassed speak for themselves, having said that I cannot go as far as to call him the greatest mma fighter PFP.

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