Iconic brawler Wanderlei Silva is still open to fighting Chael Sonnen at some point in 2013 as has been teased for the past few weeks. However, it won’t be taking place at UFC on FS 1 despite rumors to the contrary.
Silva spoke to SporTV about a potential showdown with Sonnen, stating he wanted the bout to take place in front of a Brazilian backdrop but would also be happy to wait until New Year’s Eve weekend.
“I will not fight in Boston,” said Silva. “Sonnen still has not been officially proposed. No one called me offering to fight. Is it interesting? Yes, very. But if it is held, will be after Boston. Before, or in Boston, no. Now, in Brazil would be a dream. I think he’d even have to wear armor and earplugs to walk there.”
“I’m ready for December, in the year-end event,” he added.
The 36-year old slugger continued on to explain he didn’t want to jump back into camp after a busy start to his year. Silva beat Brian Stann in March to earn his 25th knockout in 35 total wins.
The UFC currently has a September stop scheduled in Brazil for a FOX Sports 1 event. It is unknown if Sonnen would be willing to compete against “The Axe Murderer” in Silva’s home country based on some harsh criticisms he has offered up of the nation in the past.