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Anderson Silva: “I think Chael has learned his lesson.”

Leading up to their much-hyped encounter at UFC 148 it seemed like Chael Sonnen couldn’t say enough bad things about middleweight champion Anderson Silva, though the stream of negativity was of course to be expected considering Sonnen’s behavior before the two talented 185ers fought in 2010. At one point or another during their rivalry Sonnen insulted Silva’s courage, pride, skill, intelligence, family, and homeland.

Now, after being finished a second straight time, Sonnen has been relatively quiet about Silva other than to offer praise. Needless to say, the behavior hasn’t been lost on “The Spider”.

“It was a satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment. Brazil was place where it really should be,” said Silva of beating Sonnen in an interview with TATAME. “Other athletes who are supposedly thinking about speaking ill of Brazilians and our culture, our people, will think twice. I think Chael has learned his lesson.”

Though Silva didn’t get a chance to fight Sonnen in Brazil, he’ll still have a chance to entertain his countrymen in 2012 after stepping up on short notice to face Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, Sonnen has set his sights on light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and will undoubtedly ramp up his verbal assault if successful in a scrap with Forrest Griffin this December.

PHOTO CREDIT – NIKE/UFC

6 COMMENTS
  • Lord Faust says:

    Only if the lesson was controversy creates cash.

    Pretty sure the Gangster from West Linn is looking at a very healthy bank balance.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I doubt Sonnen really cared about Brazil or anything else , but his bank account. He knows how to push buttons and knows the louder and more obnoxious he can be the bigger the fight UFC will give him.

    Hate him or not, it works.

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Chael is completely believing in himself to win any match that he is signed for-Don’t buy into the hype that he is just trying to show up for a paycheck-if he loses convincingly?-oh well-check the stats

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I don’t doubt for a second he believes he will win the match, but I doubt he really has the animosity he puts forth in his rants. Just a bit of hype to stir up interest. If he attacks all Brazilian fighters then honor has to be defended by those fighters and that keeps the hype machine going strong.

    Currently one of the best at selling fights. I have to laugh at the things he comes up with to tell his opponents.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Chael’s problem, and he’s admitted as much, is that he finds ways to lose. (I don’t like the Joe Rogan podcast as a rule, and have a very dim view of the host in general, but Chael’s guest appearance was very enlightening. Hell, it made me buy his book.)

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Sonnen on the season premier trailer to it’s always sunny in philadelphia is pretty funny.

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