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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.'”