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…