Sonnen will coach opposite Brazilian fighting legend Wanderlei Silva (no relation to Andreson) on the upcoming season and formally invited his rival to be part of his coaching staff. During a recent conference call, Silva confirmed that Sonnen reached out to him through his manager, but said he would be unable to accept the offer.
“It is true. I did get invited, but unfortunately I’m not in Brazil, so I’m not going to be able to go down there and help,” said the 38-year-old fighter.
“But I think, for the sport, it would be something that would great especially because the guys competing are all Brazilians, so it would be good to go on either team and be able to help them. But unfortunately I’m not going to be able to be in Brazil and I’m not going to be able to help,” he added.
24 hours after the call, Silva may have changed his mind. According to UFC Tonight, citing Silva’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes, Silva will do his best to make himself available to appear on the reality series.
Silva is scheduled to rematch the man that ended his seven-year UFC title reign, Chris Weidman, at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Following the fight, Silva is expected to take a month off. Filming for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 is expected to begin in January.
Sonnen and Silva have fought twice. They first met at UFC 117 in August 2010. Silva earned Submission of the Night by coming from behind in the final round to submit Sonnen with a triangle choke. The rematch took place at UFC 148 in July 2012. Silva earned Knockout of the Night by finishing Sonnen with strikes in the second round.