Chael Sonnen, ‘I Want Everything Anderson’s Got’

January 28, 2012
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Why does Chael Sonnen dislike Anderson Silva so much?

It’s a question that gets raised every time Sonnen talks about the UFC middleweight champion, who he has quite the distaste for and never backs away from taking a jab or two at in any interview.

But deep down what is it about Anderson Silva that Chael Sonnen dislikes so much?

Well, to hear Sonnen tell it, you can boil down to one simple thing… jealousy.

“A lot of my frustration isn’t so much with Anderson. I mean, I don’t like him, that’s true, but I also by no means detest him. By no means do I hate him. If I found out Anderson wasn’t doing well, then I’d be there to help him. If I found out he was down on his luck, I’d send him a check. I want him to have a good life,” Sonnen told MMAWeekly Radio.

“But as far as a competitive nature and a fight goes, it aggravates me to see where he’s at. You can call it jealousy if you want, but it aggravates me.”

Sonnen has made no secret that he wants to be the UFC middleweight champion, and he’ll try to earn another shot at Silva this weekend as he faces Michael Bisping in the co-main event for UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago.

What Sonnen really dislikes about Silva, however, isn’t so much about his fight skills or his ability in the cage. It comes down to the way he’s treated as a king, when Sonnen sees Silva as more of a court jester.

“I think he got there phonily, I think he got there on false pretenses, and I’m not going to sit back idly while it happens. My frustration isn’t just with Anderson. Anderson’s out there doing his thing, he’s having fun, good for him, but a lot of my frustration comes with the fellow fighters. It comes from when fellow fighters are in the back asking Anderson for an autograph,” Sonnen revealed.

“Why would you want an autograph of a guy in your weight class and especially the champion? You should want to spit on his shoes and punch him in his face. That’s the business we’re in. We’re in a competitive fight business and I watch these pretend tough guys behind the scenes cower to these other people.”

The frustration that Sonnen feels started when he was a boxing fan as a kid. Growing up in Oregon, Sonnen heard tales about a vicious boxer coming up that was the best anyone had ever seen. He was a knockout artist who violently put away opponents with an unrelenting and unforgiving style.

The only problem Sonnen had with this mythical figure is that like many fairy tales, it just wasn’t true.

“I had to grow up on this with Mike Tyson. I grew up and I’m a little kid and I’ve got to hear for 10 years of my life that Mike Tyson’s the baddest dude in the world. I’m only 11 years old and I’m smart enough to know that’s not true. At 11 years old I look at it and go Mike Tyson is the best fighter in the world? As an amateur fighter he never made an Olympic team. As an amateur he never represented us in a World Championship, so he’s not even the best fighter in America, let alone the best in the world,” said Sonnen.

“There’s a guy two states over named Evander Holyfield who could beat him right now, but Mike won’t fight him. So Mike walks through, I mean he gets endorsements, his bank account grows, and this fake image it gets so big you almost can’t stop it. But we’re going wait a minute, you’re not a world champion Mike. You’re not even America’s champion. Evander is. But if you duck and dodge and have a promoter that keeps you away from these guys, it’s possible to do.”

Sonnen believes that Silva is skating by the same way that Tyson did once upon a time. It’s the same reason the former WEC fighter unloads on competitors like Wanderlei Silva and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, because for so many years they were revered as the best in the world when he doesn’t believe they ever were.

“So that’s where my frustration comes. I come in and I go ‘I’m not going to perpetrate this talk about Wanderlei Silva’, and I’m not kicking Wanderlei when he’s down, I don’t kick a man when he’s down, but when Wanderlei was allegedly on top is where my beef with him began. Same thing goes with Cro Cop. I don’t want to pick on Cro Cop now cause he’s down and out, but at one time these guys were viewed not only as top fighters, but as legitimate fighters,” Sonnen stated.

“They came over from the fake and phony matches in Japan and the world acted like these were scary guys. These guys can’t fight. Why because you tattoo the back of your skull and you roll your wrists around while staring at an opponent? Big deal, come do that in my neighborhood. When I’m done with you, you’ll be missing your shoes, your coat, and your wallet.”

Sonnen hopes to get the chance to expose Silva as the fraud he believes him to be if they fight again later this year. He’s not being secretive about anything anymore.

Sonnen wants what Silva has and he’ll take it by any means necessary.

“I don’t like Anderson. I want everything Anderson’s got. I’m going to bring him down and I’m going to bring him down any means possible.”

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  • FINALLY Sonnen says somtheing I believe he is jealous of Silva and wants what he’s got…. He looked liked such a dumbass with a fake belt at the press conference in Chicago… He is entertaining to a point but its funny how we blast some guys for talking so much and people applaud this d-bag… I think he is a really good fighter but for him to act like he is so great he has 11 loses in his career and if you look alot of them are by being choked out for someone who acts like theyre so great how do you keep getting choked out hell you have lost to one of the guys on the same card…. Maia

    • He looked ridiculous after the fight, when he told Rogan he was standing next to greatness, and yet, he arguably lost to Bisping last night! Sonnen makes fun of the guys who fought in Japan, and yet he is utilizing angles, excessive trash talk, a gimmick, and so on. Chael Sonnen is taking a page out of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s book, and trying to establish some kind of badass heel persona.
      Its true, he has a chance to beat Anderson. But there’s also a chance it will be the most boring title fight in UFC history.

  • pooby

    Sonnen is a legend in his own mind. It takes a lot of balls to say that Wandy and Cro Cop were never any good now that they’re old and would likely lose to Sonnen. Was he talking that crap when they were in their prime? If he never gets a shot at Jon Jones, when Jones gets old Sonnen will be saying Jones ducked him and was never any good.

  • Anthony

    You guys get so wound up by this guy , Your not seeing the forest before the trees. He says this stuff to create contoversy. Ever hear the saying that bad attention is better then no attention? He says what he says to get a rise out of all the idiots who take him seriously and im sorry, hes FUNNY!–Ali did the same thing–no one gave him a chance against Liston and guess what happened…

  • bbtakayama

    The only thing Ali and Sonnen have in common is that they both speak English, and have worn gloves. Don’t disrespect Ali like that. Ali only lost to world champions and backed up his talk in the ring by winning. Sonnen has never won a title and has lost to average fighters. It is fun to laugh at him, I’ll give him that.

    • DrkDisciple

      Well said!!!!

  • Anthony

    It was never my intention to compare Sonnen to Ali. I appoligize if my reply was interpreted like that. I think Sonnen takes alot of his psychology from what Ali did. You guys bash Sonnen like he talks trash and doesnt back it up, yet how can you denie he gave Silva all he could handle?( yes, weve all heard about the steroid crap and excuses about Silva being injured)Who cares, he came closer to winning against that legend then anyone else ever has. It made for an amazing fight. People forget this guy (Chael) is barely into his thirties. Hes still relativley young and shows more potential then any other 85er in the game. How can you not see that?

    • 34? And you are talking about upside potential? I would pay a bit closer attention to Jonny Bones Jones.