Chael Sonnen Fires Back: ‘Nice to see the real Anderson… The guy is a dirt bag’

June 27, 2012
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It appears that Chael Sonnen, after years of poking, prodding, and taunting, has finally gotten under the skin of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva as they head into their rematch at UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas.

Typically a reserved, fairly quiet person heading into his fights, Silva unloaded his own verbal barrage on Sonnen during a recent UFC 148 media call, a scenario that has never unfolded before during the champion’s UFC tenure.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m on the bottom, the side, the top, it doesn’t matter – Chael Sonnen’s going to get his ass kicked like he’s never gotten his ass kicked before,” declared a venomous Silva. “What I’m going to do inside the Octagon is something that’s going to change the image of the sport.

“I’m going to beat his ass like he’s never been beaten before. I’m going to 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.”

Sonnen, rather reserved on the media call, opened up a little more on a recent episode of UFC Tonight, the promotion’s news magazine show on Fuel TV.

“It was nice to see the real Anderson come through. The guy is a dirt bag, like I’ve told you guys for years,” Sonnen stated.

“A couple things he didn’t say he was gonna do, starting with beating me, starting with breaking my spirit and leaving with a victory, because he’s not.”

Sonnen has often been the one issuing a tongue lashing when it comes to the rivalry between him and Silva, but on the media call, he seemed content to let Silva unload. Sonnen’s sharpest comment on the call was a relatively mundane barb referring to Silva’s skills as amateur.

He did do something that no one has ever done before. He worked Silva up into an acidic tirade.

Did he finally crack Anderson Silva? Is Chael Sonnen finally inside his head?

“I don’t care about being in his head, there’s no gamesmanship here,” Sonnen retorted to such questions. “It’s just very hard to hide the fact that he sucks.”

Check out Chael Sonnen’s appearance on UFC Tonight below…

  • bajafox

    “It’s just very hard to hide the fact that he sucks”

    LOL!! Love him or hate him, he has a way with words. Can’t wait to see this fight

  • julianmoran

    Anderson Silva is a dirt bag for being motivated to fight Chael and brake him apart?

    But, Chael is a hero for trash talking about Anderson Silva, his country and family?

    Anderson silva (the guy he tapped to) sucks? Is this the same Chael who got owned by Bisping?
    By the way, he would also get ****** up by Vitor belfort.

    • RonnieV

      He got owned by Bisping? Last I checked he won the fight!!! Yes, Silva did tap Sonnen, after losing the prior 23.5 minutes of the fight. You think that is not in Silva’s head?

      Go Sonnen! Thanks for adding a little personality to the sport! I thought Chael was a joke with all his talk until he backed it up in the last Silva fight. He didn’t win, but he earned my respect.

      • jonnypatrick

        Ronnie, these guys are crazy! No way Bisping won that fight, it was close and it made me actually respect Bisping a little more but Bisping lost the fight. I enjoy Chael and his crazy talk, after all this is entertainment! I will say that I hope Sonnen looks better than he did that night against Bisping, his conditioning was questionable. It may have been because he got rocked a few times from Bisping. I can’t wait to watch him back it all up again and become the new middleweight champion!

      • obuchons

        If the judges knew how to keep score properly he would NOT have won tha fight!A guy who needed the judges to help him get by Bisping can NOT beat A.Silva!

        • jonnypatrick

          You are nuts, I can’t stand Bisping but the dude can fight and has always fought tough guys. I think Bisping can beat Silva if he ever gets a chance! Bring on the hate….

        • macgrubber

          kind of like how bisping needed the judges to get by hammill??????

          • jonnypatrick

            Macgrubber, as I said before I am not a Bisping fan. That fight with Hamill was 3 years ago and when he fought at 205 and hamill is a great wrestler. Bisping has been on a roll since dropping to the 185 lbs. division. I wan’t to reiterate the fact that I can’t stand that British prick but he is a good fighter and deserves a shot at the title before Hector ” I fight tomato cans” Lombard!!!

    • collideoverme

      Chael Sonnen doesn’t hide who he is and never has. He just brought out the real Anderson Silva meaning…
      Chael has already won in some aspects. He’s in Silva’s head now. And like what was said earlier, Silva was getting his ass kicked for 98% of the fight. That has to be in the back of the mind of Silva because that has never happened before. I hope that Sonnen wins. Period.

      • shereko

        So you’re saying that Anderson hasn’t been in Chaels head for the past 2 years plus?? Thats all the guy thinks and talks about, Anderson focus’s on each fight that comes up, and disregards Chael until he finally had enough to say something. Yes he was a little anibolically enhanced, and beat a guy with bad shoulder/ribs… you can hope in one hand and crap in the other, let us know which fills up faster.

        • jonnypatrick

          You better have the excuses ready when Silva loses this fight! Oh I forgot, they already leaked the info about his “knee injury” so that will be the reason Chael whoops his a$$ this time!

          • shereko

            So jonny, how do you like crow served if you’re wrong?? Stories get leaked all the time about all fighters… what will your excuse be? I’ll come on here and admit I’m wrong if Sonnen wins and the drug test is clean. Will you? Maybe Ryo Chonnen will show Chael the flying scissor heel hook up there at Team Quest… but I doubt it.

  • Triggerman99

    I understand the guy is just trying to promote the fight and all that, but the crap he says doesn’t even make sense most of the time.
    Silva is a dirtbag for saying what he wants and plans to do to you in the Octagon? Isn’t that exactly what you have been doing for the last 2+ years?
    I’m sorry, I get it that people think he’s funny or whatever, but this guy is a completely dellusional moron who talks so much garbage that I can’t even take him seriously as a human being anymore.

    • TKD

      The problem is that you see Sonnen as a human being. He is trash, and Silva will treat him as such when they meet again. Can’t wait!

      • Triggerman99

        LOL Yeah, my mistake.
        I can say in all honesty that while I have never liked the guy, I did give him a pass for about the first year or so with his insane rants because I just chalked it up to promotion. But he’s gotten so ridiculous and over the top with it lately that it just sounds idiotic. Practically everything he says now is completely false and made up or a pro wrestling-style catch phrase.
        Enough already. Please go away, Chael.

    • fsunoles09

      why dont you rewatch that first okami fight buddy, the ref has to stand between em and push silva back and hold em from hitting okami again after the ref has clearly stopped the action after the illegal upkick hah the ref literally has to stand there with em and let someone else look after okami.or how about every fight when he is taunting people and being real disrespectful in the cage.and im sure if you knew what the fuker was sayin you wouldnt think of silva as the soft spoken metrosexual guy you adore so much.that being said im not a silva hater i actually enjoy watching em but i expect a sonnen win although it would be hard for me to put money on it.

      • Triggerman99

        I never said Silva was an angel or anything like that, but Sonnen having the nerve to call anybody else a dirtbag for doing exactly what he has been doing for the last 2+ years is ridiculous and delusional. I’ve never heard anyone say so much disrespectful BS as Chael has said, and yet he calls Silva a dirtbag for finally responding to his nonsense. Unreal.

        • macgrubber

          trigger are u stupid or dum? Please look up the definition of a troll. Chael is a master at it.

          • Triggerman99

            If you’re gonna call someone dumb, at least spell it right. And I’m guessing if I were to look up an actual definition of the word troll, it would be much different than what you think. Unless you’re saying Chael lives under a bridge and makes you pay a toll to cross it, which is possible I guess.

            My point is there is a such thing as too much talking, and Chael has matered that.

  • dathump

    every person has a breaking point, Chael made Anderson hit his, thats all. after 2 years of listening to Sonnen cry, whine, complain, point fingers, lye, cheat, steal,slander, and credit himself for something he has never done, like win a fight against Anderson Silva. I dont blame Sylva, and who the f#uck does this hypocrite think he is, he sounds more and more like the little prick who plays along then rats everyone else out to the teacher when they return to the room. Grow up Chael.

  • atmosphere

    it’s easy to point out Sonnen’s faults, starting with failing a drug test to money laundering, which reflects more on his character than his trash talking IMO

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  • shereko

    I do think Chael beat Bisping, close yes… but I think he won, but it was hardly and impressive victory. For him to call Anderson a dirtbag is a little ridiculous… I mean if someone like Munoz or Stann were to say that, then you might listen since they are pretty stand up guys (metaphorical sense not fighting sense of the phrase) but, for a guy that pleaded guilty to money laundering and tested positive for an unapproved amount of Test in his system to call someone else a dirtbag is a little ridiculous… and for the record had he actually won that fight, it would have been thrown out as a no contest… so yes he was winning but, point would have been moot anyways. He did look good against Stann, but Silva has looked very good against Belfort and Okami since. I just don’t see Anderson losing… argue away.

    • TKD

      I agree, shereko!

  • I think a lot of people take the stuff these guys say too seriously. This is human dogfighting. Barking makes the bids go up. That’s all it is. Anderson Silva has a known weakness – takedown defense. Proved by all the decent wretslers he faced. That’s what Sonnen is going to try and capitalize on. Because of this weakness he can’t and shouldn’t be called PFP best. The best don’t get manhandled by anyone. They manhandle others. That’s why GSP, JDS and Jones are the top 3 best PFP fighters of all time.

    • gnodeb

      I’m still under impression that AS wanted to submit Sonnen no matter what, because of his “happy meal black belt” insult.

      This time he has other plans. We are going to see if Sonnen can repeat his “success” or AS will do whatever he wants… again…

      To me, it’s crazy that fans can give more credits to trash talking then to dominating division for few years. It’s madness…

    • Triggerman99

      I thought you were going to make an honest assessment of this situation, until you made it very obvious that you are just taking this opportunity to try and discredit Anderson Silva’s spot as a top P4P fighter.
      Well, that’s not even worth debating, especially considering you said JDS and Jones are somehow already 2 of the greatest P4P fighters of all time.

      But as far as the talking and hyping, it’s like I said in an earlier post; there’s talking, and then there’s what Chael does. He hasn’t shut up for 2 and a half years, and he doesn’t even make sense most of the time. It’s a bit much.

      • Chael does what boxers do. He sells fights. There is already talk of this fight drawing as many spectators as UFC 100, maybe more. If that’s true, he’s done pretty well and is not going anywhere even if he eats steroids for breakfast.
        I don’t need to discredit the spot AS doesn’t hold. He did it himself when he allowed Lutter and Hendo to own him in the first round, and Chael to own him for 4 and a half rounds. I am neither fan nor hater of AS. Just merely stating the facts. Someone who gets owned even for one round in their prime can never be PFP best. He may still be the greatest fighter ever born (like Ali in boxing), but not the best PFP (like Ali was not).

        • TKD

          Repsectfully, your argument is idiotic, at best.

          • Only an imbecile can call someone’s comment “idiotic” and try to present it as respectful. Do you masturbate watching AS fights?nl

          • Only an imbecile can call someone’s comment “idiotic” and try to present it as respectful. Do you masturbate watching AS fights?

        • Triggerman99

          I don’t even really know how to respond to that.
          You’re saying he’s not top P4P material because he suceeds through adversity? If he was so bad in those fights, he would have lost.
          I don’t know, like I said before, since you claim that JDS and Jones are already solidified as 2 of the best P4P fighters “of all time”, I’m guessing you already have your mind made up and won’t be swayed by facts or logical assessment, so I’ll leave you alone now.

          • TKD

            Triggerman, don’t bother. Duxan’s argument is so ridiculous that you will start feeling stupid for engaging him in it.

          • Actually, you have failed to provide any arguments, buddy. Ali vs. Foreman was a win through strategy. AS vs. Sonnen was a win through sheer luck. Best PFP fighters are the best not because they are lucky, but because they solidly beat up their opponents. Your argument about JDS and JJ doesn’t stand any scrutiny either. Both have annihilated anyone standing before them without losing a single round. Does AS possess the same record? How can he be the best PFP then?

  • clizzark

    Chael better make sure he’s roided up again and that Anderson is even more hurt than he was last time.

    • TKD

      Don’t worry, he will be loaded up with roids. He has an excuse now, so he will take advantage of it. And, after seeing his fight against Bisping, he is going to really need to be roided up heavily!

  • switchkick

    Sonnen has to be the most interesting person in the UFC – His ” Trash talking ” is awesome!…
    Can’t wait for this fight…
    Silva TKO/KO 2d or Sonnen by Dec.

    Boom, go Chael!

  • Booker T

    Can’t wait till Sonnen kicks Spiders ass!!!

    • TKD

      You may be waiting for a hell of a long time. It isn’t happening.

  • spidersilva

    Stop talking bout the sonnen bisping fight. ok sonnen won…who cares? bisping has never beat anyone that matters. DAMIEN MAIA destroyed sonnen. DAMIEN MAIA!! No one that loses to, let alone gets finshed by, Maia can say anyone sucks. Sonnens an effing clown.

    • Triggerman99

      Chael can say it, because he actually beat Silva and is in fact the champ. I believe it was a first round stoppage via Sonnen slamming his fists onto the mat and vaporizing Silva with a thunder-fire sonic boom.

      Well, at least, that’s what Chael thinks happened.

      • shereko

        hahaha ok now thats funny stuff, well done!

  • juniorbra

    Ok, Sonnen dominated the fight, but at the end Silva STILL the Champ, I don’t think Sonnen is on his head because Anderson is been on this game much longer then this IDIOT, and he STILL the Champ after UFC 117 when he made Sonnen his bitch by made him TAP like a P U S S Y! and his got his black belt under the nogueira’s brother’s!!!! hahahahaha that’s funny right??? Supposedly Sonnen is better fighter but he is not the CHAMP!!!!!! and Silva has been the CHAMP for 6 straight years!!! F U C K off Sonnen’s fans …
    And this Idiot want to say something about Silva???
    I never heard Silva had any problem with the government and got caught in illegal substances after his fights!!!!
    Silva will destroy this IDIOT and make him look dumb like he already is just like his fans…

    • fsunoles09

      you sure about that buddy?both of their first fights were in 97 haha atleast make an attempt to look up the facts before you just go posting random shit bro.

  • zacharydetal

    If Chael didn’t talk **** he wouldn’t have any fans. The guy has finished ONE fight since he’s been in the UFC. I can’t believe idiots buy into his act. Silva is going to knock him out or submit him.

    • TKD

      Sonnen is never going to be champ in the UFC. However, he will always be a big mouth gatekeeper.

  • lowlb

    Wow, I just watched the Sonnen Bisping fight again. It is so obvious that Sonnen was a different fighter when he fought A.S. It has to be elevated testosterone.
    He’s gassed after 3 rounds with Bisping and went 5 with Anderson.
    He’s (Sonnen) is a drug using loser.
    Sonnen won but was wiped out after 3 rounds with Bisping..
    It’s all so obvious.
    All you guy’s crying ‘merica! are just gay hill-billies. Wake up!
    Anderson is a nut, but Chael Sonnen has gotten caught doing some lame ****. The American Gangster? WHat is that crap. Straight out of the ghettos of Eugene OR. Pa-lease… Then he gets caught for money laundering and then evaluated testosterone. He’s an ASS!

    You know Anderson has been working on his take-down defense against wrestlers, it’s all Sonnen really has -excellent take-downs and elevated testosterone levels. And no testicles..

    I almost think this is all contrived. Anderson gets his ass kicked for 5 and 1/2 round and then submits him.. This is all hollywood..
    I predict Sonnen won’t have the T levels he had before. He’ll have trouble with the weight drop and he Sonnen will get his ASS completely kicked by freaky Anderson Silva..
    ok bye

  • adamfyith

    are you people really serious? i read these posts and laugh my $@# off, my grandmother has more of a chance winning a marathon than Chael does beating Andy, that was Silva’s first and only night in the last 6 years that he was
    1. Injured
    2. maybe underestimated his opponent

    you think the most dominant person in combat sports since Tyson is about to have 2 of those nights? No way guys, esspecialy with this tool bag and his mouth running 100mph, Bisping doesnt have the skills to finish this goof thats why he lost that fight, Anderson WILL finish him on July 7th, its funny cuz its like everybody has forgotten he choked his hurtin ass out late in the 5th and still won,

    the worst part about all of this is the tool fans following this guy and buying his hype, I bought his book just to get a few laughs and let me tell you, i got more than a few laughs, hes a delusional maniac, he makes accusations about Silva being fake and a fraud”? this is the same clown who is a dirtbag x politician involved in scandals, can’t step into the cage without increased levels of testosterone via TRT, and walks around with a fake gold belt claiming he is champ…yah OK budddy last time I checked you are the biggest goofball since your father who never gave you a good chance at being a normal person by beating your goofball ass

  • TKD

    Sonnen calling Silva a dirt bag is possibly the most hypocritical sh*t ever spoken. Sonnen, if dirtbag is what you are looking for, look directly into the mirror. Sonnen is the biggest scam artist & cheater around.

    By the way, even if Chael wins this fight (and he never will), it doesn’t take away the fact that he is a cheater and scumbag. I look forward to Silva ripping this loudmouth, WWE wannabe into pieces!

  • KBEsq

    I just love how Sonnen doesn’t open his big mouth unless he’s insulting Silva. Then Silva fires back ONCE, and Sonnen calls him a dirt bag, and is showing his ‘true colors.’

    I can’t stand the hypocrisy of Sonnen. The guy is a cheating criminal. That’s not hyperbole…he’s literally a cheating criminal. Silva does once what Sonnen does every day of his life, and Sonnen bashes Silva for it?!

    I’m happy Silva said what he said. Sonnen is going to get beat…badly. People are so convinced that Sonnen is going to win because of their first fight. Well, even the sun shines on a dog’s ass from time to time. That was their first fight.

  • TKD

    Well said, KBEsq. Think about Sonnen’s options here. He has no real choice but to implement the same game plan as their first fight. Silva isn’t going in there unprepared for that again. Is Chael going to stand and strike with Silva? Of course not. He is going to try the same plan that he FAILED to win the title with the last time. If Silva loses this fight against Sonnen’s same, tired plan, he deserves to get beat. But we all know that it isn’t going to go down like that.

    • KBEsq

      Totally. I honestly don’t believe that Sonnen even saw what Silva has to offer. Conversely, I believe Silva saw everything Sonnen has to offer (with increased levels of testosterone, of course).

      I really think Silva is just sitting there training NOT being taken down every minute of every day. Then he’s just going to demolish Sonnen on the feet. I’ll admit, I was shocked when Sonnen tagged Silva on the feet. However, if anyone wants my opinion of that, see my comment above re: sunshine and the asses of dogs.

  • TKD

    If Sonnen chooses (or is forced) to stand and strike with Silva- it will be a very short night for Chael. Silva is going to be more than ready for this fight, and Chael will come in thinking he will wrestle Silva again.

    Bottom line: Silva walks out with the title around his waist, and with minimal struggle from Sonnen.