There is nothing veiled, thinly or otherwise, about Chael Sonnen’s attempts to goad UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva into a rematch.
Immediately following his dismantling of Brian Stann at UFC 136 earlier this month, Sonnen has been laser-focused on pushing each and every button to get Silva fired up for a second fight.
The two first met at UFC 117 in August 2010, where Silva pulled out a last-minute submission victory after Sonnen bullied him around for the better part of four-and-a-half rounds.
Sonnen quickly fell off the radar due to a drug-test-related suspension following the fight, further complications in regaining his license once his suspension was up, and non-related legal troubles due to Federal money laundering charges.
He returned with a vengeance against Stann and has been relentless in his pursuit of Silva.
“As far as I’m concerned, that belt is worth nothing more than a piece of tin when it’s around (Silva’s) waist,” said Sonnen.
It’s comments like this, and numerous other examples, that have UFC president Dana White on the verge of making a rematch between the two a reality.
“I am meeting with (Anderson’s camp on Saturday),” White told reporters at Thursday’s UFC 137 pre-fight press conference. “You know Chael’s position. And I think Anderson’s position is really the same as Chael’s. Anderson’s really pissed off about the stuff that Chael has said.”
After defeating Stann, Sonnen declared, “In some parallel universe, you can hit a man 300 times and he wraps his legs around your head for eight seconds and they call him the winner. On the s
treets of Westland, Ore., that is not the rules. I am the middleweight champion.”
With that, Sonnen lobbied for a Super Bowl weekend showdown with Silva.
The fight hasn’t been inked just yet, and Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, has been vocal in his belief that Sonnen isn’t deserving of a rematch.
“Take a number and get to the back of the line,” Soares told HDNet’s Inside MMA. “You had your opportunity.”
When asked if it was likely the fight could get put together for Super Bowl weekend, White responded, “I think it would make sense, yeah.”
White sounds as if the fight is more than likely to happen, but will surely have more to say on the matter after Saturday’s meeting with Silva’s camp. A recent question on our MMAWeekly.com Facebook page was overwhelming in backing that the majority of you want to see Silva vs. Sonnen II.