Anderson Silva hits back at Chael Sonnen before 148 rematch
UFC 148 will take place on July 7th in Las Vegas and showcase the biggest rematch in MMA history, as the most coveted championship in all of Mixed Martial Arts will go on the line as the two best Middleweights in the world square off against each other once again.
UFC 148 will see the greatest champion to ever grace the sport and pound for pound king in Anderson “the Spider” Silva defend his Middle weight belt against the only person to nearly beat him in Chael Sonnen. Sonnen had dominated the champion for the better part of 4 rounds and with just over two minutes left in the 5th and final round it seemed that the UFC would now crown a new champion, and then Silva slapped on a text book triangle choke to submit the number one contender in the dying minutes of that round.
The Spider has beaten a who’s who of MMA competitors not only in Middleweigh but at Lightheavy weight as well, some of these names include Dan Henderson, Yushin Okami, Chris Leben, Rich Franklin (twice), Travis Luter, Vitor Belfort, Forest Griffin, Damian Maia, that list should give you an idea of the caliber of opponents he’s been despatching. Silva has never lost a fight in the UFC since joining the promotion in 2006,he has the most impressive record against top competition that cannot be compared to any other fighter in the history of the UFC. Silva’s record stands at 31 wins (15 of which while fighting in the UFC) 4 losses and he’s defended his belt a record 11 times.
There has been a ton of controversey surrounding this fight firstly it was scheduled to take place in Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Silva’s home country but it turns out the venue had been double booked with a United Nations event taking place at the same time so they moved it to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.
Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen have nothing but bad blood between each other but Chael has been known to do all the talking as far as hyping up the fight is concerned but in a recent media conference call Silva retaliated with a barrage of harsh words that were nothing short of scary!Here’s the transcribed statement that was given by Silva:
“First of all, Chael is a criminal. He’s been convicted of crimes. He doesn’t deserve to be inside the Octagon. And when the time is right, I’m going to break his face and break every one of his teeth in his mouth.”
“The playtime is over. I’m gonna beat Chael like he’s never been beat before. There’s no more talking. I know he’s on the line listening, and the game’s over. I’m going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He’s never gonna want to fight again after I’m done with him.”
“It doesn’t matter if I’m on the bottom, the side, the top, it doesn’t matter. Chael Sonnen‘s gonna get his ass kicked like he’s never gotten his ass kicked before. What I’m gonna do inside the Octagon is something that’s gonna change the image of the sport. I’m gonna beat his ass like he’s never been beaten before. I’m gonna make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broke, his legs are broke. He’s not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself. I can guarantee that. And I know that he’s listening. The game’s over. No more shit-talking. It’s on now.”
“I’m just gonna make him pay, and make him eat everything he said, not only about myself, but about our country, about everything. I’m gonna make him pay and make sure that he never disrespects any fighter — not only Brazilian [fighters], any fighter. I’m going to beat him maybe the way his parents should have beaten him to teach him some manners, because he’s disrespectful, he’s a criminal, and I’m gonna beat him up like he’s never been beat before.”
“The first time we fought, he stepped out [as] the loser, and he’s gonna step out losing again this time, the only difference is that this time he’s gonna have to go see a plastic surgeon after the fight.”
Anderson Silva is known throughout the MMA community to be soft spoken and humble but as it turns out Chael Sonnen has ignited a fire within the champion that has never been seen from him before and for someone that calm and collected to have exploded the way he did spells nothing but trouble for Sonnen. Silva wants blood, Sonnen wants the belt in the most anticipated rematch ever, we cant wait!
- You: UFC 148: Anderson Silva’s Words Add More Intrigue to Chael Sonnen Super Fight (bleacherreport.com)
- Anderson Silva Vows to Break Chael Sonnen’s Teeth, Arms, Legs at UFC 148 (nesn.com)