Sonnen and Silva have never fought but the two nearly came to blows over the weekend at an expo in Las Vegas. According to Silva, he didn’t “smash” Sonnen because he wanted to keep things professional but his behavior was anything BUT that when face-to-face with his potential foe, delivering a handful of profanities and threats during the exchange (which he also happened to tape). Their rivalry has been going on for years, starting when Sonnen insulted Silva’s homeland of Brazil. Since then Sonnen has accused Silva of ducking him, but at this point it seems keeping the two apart for much longer is virtually impossible based on the emotions involved.
Most Mixed Martial Artists enter match-ups with the mindset of the fight being a professional matter rather than a means of settling a personal vendetta. However, bouts occasionally come with bad blood between the involved participants and in the blink of an eye things can turn nasty. While boxing has its fair share of ugly incidents, the UFC is not without its own blemishes when it comes to competitors taking things a step or two over the line based on genuine dislike of a peer. Even as recently as this weekend, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen nearly threw down outside of the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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