Yahoo! Sports Special: Chael Sonnen Steps Up Lobbying Efforts for Wanderlei Silva Bout

May 9, 2013
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The following article was written by Maggie Hendricks and was originally published by official MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports in its Cagewriter blog.

Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva PosterLast week, Chael Sonnen called out Wanderlei Silva over a years-old dispute they had over a misunderstanding that was caught on videotape. A week later, the fight hasn’t been made.

Sonnen has now stepped up his game, trying to get a fight with Silva on the UFC on Fox Sports 1 fight card in Boston in August.

Sonnen was nice enough to even make the poster. He added the image to his Twitter background.

Not only does he want to fight Silva in August, but he’s hoping for a five-round bout in the headlining spot.

Thiago Alves is expected to take on Matt Brown on this card, and Connor McGregor has been campaigning for a bout.

Sonnen wants this fight so badly he’s even willing to give up a portion of his purse to help Silva’s hometown.

“Wand- you have 24 hours to accept. If you do, I will donate 10% of my purse to help schools in your hometown of Curitiba .. I mean, VEGAS,” he tweeted.

Silva was born and raised in Curitiba, Brazil, and still identifies with Brazil, but his gym is in Las Vegas.

Sonnen was able to talk his way into a fight with Jon Jones. Will he get his wish with Wand?

  • Berry

    Sonnen: UFC matchmaker

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shraw Jim Donnellan

      Too right man, I’d genuinely let him take over from Joe Silva after he made Cain-Bigfoot 2

  • Andrew Esche

    I’d like to see Sonnen-Silva and Machida-Gustafson for UFC 163. That would be a perfect card for Brazil

    • insane187288

      Not perfect, remember the people in brazil hate sonnen. Might not make it out of there.

      • http://www.mmamadman.com/ Chase Brian Beebe

        I’m brazilian I don’t hate sonnen can’t speak for everybody else though

  • JDMMA

    He should get this fight, I want to see it !!!!

  • Timothy Malone

    White said the Fox Sports 1 card would be the best free tv show they’ve ever done. Sonnen vs Silva as the main event would certainly not fit that description.

  • gnodeb

    I can not enjoy his PR. He tolks too much and quits too fast.

  • ned sto

    If this fight happens it should be the first fight to kick of the main card. It definitely isn’t going to be entertaining enough to go 5 rounds. 5 rounds of Chael taking Silva down with ineffective GnP is going to be anti-climatic.

    I’d rather see him fight Evans at 205 instead of Silva. If Chael loses that fight, he should retire. If Evans loses the fight, maybe we’d see him drop to 185, which is where I’d like to see him fight.

  • james j

    Chael is a funny guy. However, he calls out Wandy for a minor verbal jab, while Chael bashed the country of Brazil repeatedly in his pre fight trash talk with Anderson. Chael knows his candle is almost out. Better hurry.

  • Domis498

    As much as I would love to see Silva KO Sonnen, I believe this fight would end in a Unanimous Decision win for Sonnen… A very boring fight we’re he’d take Silva down and control all rounds with his wrestling after getting rocked in the first round

  • joechode

    worst idea ever
    He’s the worst matchmaker in ufc history. I’D like to see Demian Maia and Sonnen

    • joechode

      Although I’d LOVE to see Vanderlei Monkey stomp his head, pride style

      • Joe

        I vote in head kicks and knees to the head of a downed opponent as a special rules for this one, it is in Brasil so no keeping the athletic commishions happy

  • Chad Kelley

    This actually interests me more than the Bones fight & I was shocked when I watched that video back when it was released that Chael seemed nonchalant about Wanderlai’s warning…perhaps Chael really didn’t hear Wand threaten his teeth?

  • Informed One

    I wonder if some people miss the humor in Sonnen’s tactics. I get a very tongue-in-cheek vibe from a lot of it, but it’s a win win for him. If people just laugh he still gets to entertain and gets noticed, and if he is taken seriously he will get a paycheck. I really think Chael Sonnen is laughing is a$$ off, on the way to the bank.

  • Realist

    funny that people continue to say Sonnen talked his way into the Jones fight when in reality he stepped up to save the card when Hendo went down. Nobody else was trying to step up for this fight. Not Shogun,not Machida, not Rashad. Sonnen said he would do it to save the card. How does him getting rewarded for stepping up when nobody else would talking his way into a fight?