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Will Anderson Silva’s Venom Towards Chael Sonnen Help or Hurt Him?

Will Anderson Silva’s rage and hatred towards Chael Sonnen cause him to make mistakes when the two meet at UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas? Many of the mixed martial artists I have spoken to throughout the years have told me that they don’t allow their emotions to get the best of them and therefore choose to ignore their opponents verbal jabs during the build-up of the fight. For the most part Silva has done just that, picking and choosing his spots to take his own shots at Sonnen, but he never really showed any emotion.

That is until Monday’s conference call with media, of course. The Silva who promised to injure Sonnen was one we have never seen before. He surprised his manager Ed Soares, UFC President Dana White and just about every pundit who was on the call. That’s not including all of the fans who have been talking about his comments since he unleashed his verbal tirade towards the self-proclaimed American Gangster from West Linn, Oregon.

The UFC Middleweight Champion promised to knock all of Sonnen’s teeth out of his mouth as well as break every one of his limbs. He also stated that Sonnen would not be able to walk out of the cage under his own power. Has Sonnen finally got into Silva’s head? The Team Quest middleweight has been criticizing Silva’s manhood both in and out of the cage for over two years running. Has he finally pushed the Brazilian past his breaking point? If he has, is that a good thing or a bad thing for Sonnen?

We all watched in amazement as Sonnen took Silva down at will and pounded The Spider for four and a half rounds when the two first met back in August of 2010. The scorecards were clearly in Sonnen’s favor after four rounds with one judge scoring it 40-34, another 40-35 and the last scoring it 40-36. Then with less than two minutes left, Silva pulled off MMA’s version of the “Miracle on Ice” when he caught Sonnen sleeping inside his guard and submitted him with a triangle choke/armbar combination.

Sonnen has questioned how someone could beat the living hell out of another fighter for over 20 minutes and lose because his opponent held on to him for eight seconds. Last time I checked, it didn’t matter how one-sided the fight was if you got submitted you lost. This is MMA not a street fight! The dominance Sonnen displayed only led to him launching an even stronger attack on Silva. He took every opportunity he had to question Silva’s manliness by making fun of his pink t-shirts and how he wears his hat sideways.

All of that led to the Silva finally reaching his boiling point and pulling out all the stops Monday. A fired-up, focused Silva is extremely dangerous for anyone to have to face, but it’s even more dangerous for Sonnen because all that he has put Silva through. Or it could lead to Silva abandoning any game plan his coaches may have in place as he attempts to embarrass and injure Sonnen. Who will benefit most if Silva fights with all the anger and emotion he displayed yesterday? We will just have to wait until July 7 to find out.

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12 COMMENTS
  • Lord Faust says:

    It all depends if it’s focused anger, or blood lust. Personally, I think it’s the former and Chael will be forced to tap to strikes.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    It was pretty cool to hear Silva finally open up a little bit on Monday and express some raw feelings. As for what it means for the fight… eh, no real bearing IMO. It simply confirms what we already knew – that Silva is taking this fight very seriously, and a healthy focused Silva is an absolute nightmare for any opponent. Good luck, Chael.

    Hopefully Mazagatti isn’t reffing this one. They need a ref in there who will be able to bring a quick & decisive halt to the action should Chael end up in a spot where he’s no longer intelligently defending himself.

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  • Creature says:

    I think Silva is actually going to let his anger get the best of him, I think Chael has gotten in his head in a big way, and it will lead to Silva being over agressive trying to just hurt him and Chael will capitalize, and take home a UD win. Seems like im one of the only people who think that though lol

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  • MCM says:

    I agree with your thinking Creature.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    The “in his head” theory is a bit dubious.

    What’s to say Silva isn’t in Chael’s head? It took Silva 8 seconds to steal a victory Chael had spent 23 minutes earning.

    If you’re willing to entertain the notion that a couple of WWE-style promos and some misogynist comments directed at his wife are going to rattle one of the most accomplished and dominant fighters in modern MMA? More so, it’s going to rattle him to a point where he loses to a man who has exactly one path to victory — surviving 25 minutes with the most accurate, deadly striker in the UFC?

    Sorry, not buying it. It might make for a good “storyline” but it does not appeal to reason, IMO.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    I think Silva will get his knees into Chael’s head.

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  • Creature says:

    Silva is a man just like any other, and everyone has their braking point. I think Silva has finally hit his, and its going to show. Silva has been one of those fighters who is always calm and collected inside the octagon, BUT no one has pushed him as far as Sonnen has and i have never heard Silva say anything around the likes of what he did to Sonnen. I think its safe to say he has lost his cool, and i think he will even more so when he has the man he hates most staring at him across the cage.

    I could be wrong no doubt, but I honestly see Silva fighting with too much emotion, too much just raw hatred and he wont be his usual self, and Sonnen will be able to capitalize on it plain and simple

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I bet they hug after the fight…

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Ken: “Hey Tito… man, we made a lot of money together…”

    Tito: “Yes we did.”

    That’s all I have to say about this “blood feud.”

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  • Bryan Levick says:

    This is why I love posting on here. The readers here give their honest opinions and don’t tear into one another if they don’t agree. This question was in my head from the moment Silva started slinging darts at Sonnen on the conference call. As professional and experienced as Silva is at the end of the day he is still a human being and is just as likely to lose his cool as the next man.

    On the flip side his experience should allow him to control his emotions. A lot of it has to do with how the fight starts out I believe. If Sonnen is able to take Silva down and pound on him as he did in the first fight that could lead to Silva getting pissed off and going for broke. I don’t think he’ll be happy with submitting Chael this time, he’s out for blood.

    Either way I think we are in for a very entertaining fight.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Mr. Levick you didn’t see the stuff Logic use to post did you?

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  • No doubt that we are the finest group of posters ever seen on an mma forum. We occasionally call each other out, but we dont ever get into the heated exchanges you see on other sites. Once again that doesnt apply to our friend MMALOGIC. even though for the most part he’s not as bad as 90% of the posters on the junkie site.
    Now on topic, I dont think Anderson is as enraged as he’s letting on. Oh he’s pissed for sure, but he’ll come down the aisle smiling and dancing like usual, but I dont think he’ll do anything overly different.
    Provided he doesnt sustain a rib inury(and no Im not debating whether the the first one happened mid round or not) I think he’ll do exactly what he says. This is a special athelete and Im sure he has worked on inflicting more damage from his back than any other fighter has previously because….well he’s Anderson Silva and he’s good enough to manage such creative things.
    Chael’s path to victory is clear. Two options, choke the spider to sleep….or do like last time. Problem is that for everything Chael learned about Anderson during the last fight, is that Anderson has a bag of tricks bigger than anyone in the ring and chael only experienced some of that whereas Chael’s approach has always been the same.
    Chael’s getting hurt my friends, and whether he wins a decision or loses by something that has us all staring at the screen silently for five minutes, he’s never going to be the same again.

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