Chael Sonnen, who is in a No. 1 contender’s bout against Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2 next week, believes win or lose, he’ll never stand inside the Octagon again across from middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“I can guarantee you Anderson Silva and I will never cross paths again,” declared Sonnen on Friday. “He’s not getting into the ring with me… ever!”
It’s difficult at times to tell if Chael Sonnen is being sincere, or if he’s gone into super-hyper promo mode.
That’s not to say that he doesn’t believe what he’s saying when he is in promo mode, it’s just that he’s good at working for fights, and he’s worked hard to get Anderson Silva back in the ring after his near-miss at UFC 117. But thus far, Silva hasn’t taken the bait.
Sonnen, after defeating Brian Stann at UFC 136, threw every verbal barb in the book at Silva trying to get a rematch locked down, but he hasn’t been able to get a commitment from the champ.
“I called him out publicly. You call out a Brazilian publicly; you’re going to be fighting that Brazilian. That’s in their culture,” Sonnen said.
“I don’t think he’s ever going to fight again. That’s my personal opinion. What I know for a fact is that he turned me down four out of four times. He personally said no to Lorenzo Fertitta’s face.”
Whether it’s in the vein of promotion or not, Sonnen surely sounded sincere on Friday, even though both he and Bisping have been promised a shot at the champ following next week’s fight.
“(UFC president Dana White) said if I win the fight, I’m fighting Anderson Silva in a soccer stadium in Brazil in the summer,” Bisping revealed on Friday.
Sonnen backed that up, saying he was told the same thing if he wins. He just doesn’t believe that Silva will get into the Octagon with him or anyone else for that matter.
He believes that the UFC’s most dominant champion of all time is ready to go down in the history books and call it a career at age 36.
So Sonnen is already making other plans if he wins at UFC on Fox 2.
“I think that (the UFC) is sincere. I think that they mean it. But I can tell you that behind the scenes, they’ve tried to put Anderson and me together four times and four times he said no,” Sonnen stated.
“I become the No. 1 contender and can get past Bisping, I’m gonna sit down with Dana and we’re going to have a talk about (Georges St-Pierre) or Jon Jones.
“I’m not under any illusion that it’s going to be Anderson Silva.”