Whenever a microphone lands in front of UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen‘s mouth, anything and everything is fair game.
Sonnen has frequently unleashed his verbal attack on UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, his camp, his trainers, and even his manager during different interviews.
Most recently, during a Q&A session, Sonnen quipped, “I won the middleweight championship. They tarnished and took it from me after I whooped a man’s ass for 25 minutes, he wrapped his legs around my head for eight seconds, and they declared him the winner?”
His shtick doesn’t go unnoticed. One of the recipients of his lingual lashings does see the humor in Sonnen’s barbs on the mic.
“I think he’s very creative,” manager Ed Soares said of Sonnen when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio. “I had a ton of people texting me after his Q&A and it’s funny cause it is what it is. I heard the one he said about ‘if there was one empty barstool next to him and me, Anderson and the Nogueira brothers walked in, we’d flip it over and each of us would have a seat’ and it’s just to me, that is so funny and so ridiculous, what can you do?”
Regardless of how funny or ridiculous Sonnen’s comments might be to some, Soares says eventually the brash former political hopeful will eventually come face to face with one of the fighters he’s been talking about and that’s when the verbal assault will become physical.
“The guy is out there saying what he’s saying, but eventually he’s going to have to pay for everything that he says, and it’s going to be inside that Octagon. Maybe that’s why he’s doing that, he’s really looking to get another shot at Anderson,” Soares said.
Because of Sonnen’s comments, it only seems right that he gets a response for his claim that he beat Silva for the better part of the fight, but only lost in the waning moments of the bout when the Brazilian slapped on a triangle choke, forcing the tap.
Soares has a message for Sonnen if he feels he was somehow wronged in that fight.
“At the end of the day, I heard him say, ‘yeah I beat him up for four rounds, and then for eight seconds, he slaps his legs around me and he gets the belt strapped around him.’ Well, that’s the game,” Soares stated.
“If it’s that stupid, learn how to defend the triangle. It’s not the first time he got caught in a triangle, and I guarantee it won’t be the last.”
Sonnen may be able to earn another shot at Silva if he can get past Brian Stann at UFC 136 in October, while the champion defends his belt in his home country of Brazil this weekend against Yushin Okami at UFC 134: Rio.