Even though UFC middleweight Wanderlei Silva is currently immersed in a camp preparing him for a rematch with Rich Franklin taking place in a little more than a week he has another fighter on his mind – Chael Sonnen. Silva’s issues with the silver-tongued scrapper have been well-documented over the past few years with their personal problems first surfacing after Sonnen decided to diss Brazil as part of his strategy for selling a fight with Anderson Silva. However, during an in-person encounter caught on tape, Sonnen had very little to say about Silva or his countrymen when pressed by “The Axe Murderer” to explain his actions.
Since then the two have gone back-and-forth in the media. While Silva, who typically talks with his ferocity and fists, would prefer they settle their score inside the Octagon he is certain Sonnen wants no piece of him in or out of the cage.
“He fights with his mouth. He’s not a top guy. He creates that style and looks for guys to give attention to him. But face to face, he’s like a kid. He’ll cry like a baby, man,” said Silva in an interview with The MMA Show.
“I don’t know what kind of man can say something bad about you then say, ‘Hey Wanderlei, let’s shake hands.’ F— you man. You talked some bad things. I’m old school. You’re talking some bullsh*t about me, don’t shake my hand. This guy lost respect from me. Not one fighter respects him,” Silva continued, adding his pick in Sonnen’s upcoming fight with the 185-pound champion. “I don’t like his style and I hope Anderson Silva kicks his ass. I think Anderson will knock out Chael in the third round.”
“Wand” is coming off a knockout of Cung Le and could position himself for a grudge match with Sonnen if he beats Franklin and Sonnen loses to Silva. However, with the stars needing to align perfectly for such a thing to unfold, and barring the notion of a repeat of Tito Ortiz-Lee Murray in a dark alley, it seems for now the blows being landed will remain of the verbal variety in the future rather than the physical kind.
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