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Wanderlei Silva laughs off Chael Sonnen’s threats, calls him “a clown”

Wanderlei Silva laughs off Chael Sonnen’s threats, calls him “a clown”

Wanderlei Silva has decided to move on from ever facing Chael Sonnen – or at least that’s what it sounds like.

Sonnen, who faces Mauricio “Shogun” Rua this evening at UFC Fight Night 26, doesn’t view the former UFC title contender as a threat; not even a Top-10 fighter, in fact.

“This is a joke – he’s a clown,” said Silva in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “He’s a second-level fighter. He’s not Top 10 – he’s not a top fighter. He can’t say anything about that because he’s not in the position. His results don’t give him the right to talk like that.”

Silva (35-12-1) improved his overall UFC record to 5-7 with a victory over Brian Stann earlier this year. “The Axe Murderer” and Sonnen (27-13-1) have been going back and forth, with Sonnen stating he plans to move back to middleweight just to fight Silva and Vitor Belfort.

As a fellow Brazilian, Silva is of course backing his Rua vs. Sonnen – and would be willing to put a good chunk of change on him.

“‘Shogun’ can beat him anywhere. In the standup or on the ground – he can submit and he can knock out,” Silva said. “I don’t see any chance for Sonnen in that fight. I don’t gamble, but I talked to my wife. I want to put $100,000 on ‘Shogun.'”

3 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    “He’s not Top 10 – he’s not a top fighter. ….. His results don’t give him the right to talk like that.”

    Wandy is 4-5 in his current run in the UFC with 2 top 10 wins (Jardine and Stann) and no title shots.
    Chael is 5-4 in his current run with 5 top 10 wins and 3 title shots (one undeserved).

    Wandy’s great, but sometimes I don’t think he realizes it’s not 2005 anymore.

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  • SBERG says:

    I’ve said it in the past MCM, Wandy needs to walk away from fighting before he really does major damage to himself that’s gonna affect him years after he’s done …..Kinda gonna be the Evander Holyfield or Tommy Hearns of MMA.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Chael planned to use a mostly washed up fighter with a big name (Forrest) as a springboard to LHW title contention, and now he’d like to do the same for his return to MW.

    Who knows what’ll happen… it’s too early too speculate with lots of moving parts. For example, if Silva gets the belt back in December I have absolutely zero interest in seeing him beat Chael for a 3rd time. Or before that, if Chael loses tonight that’ll run his losing streak to three and at some point the obnoxious personality & trash talk can only mask so much.

    But I wouldn’t mind seeing Chael & Wandy square off. No harm done with a matchup like that.

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