Reigning middleweight champ Anderson Silva is usually one of the more respectful mixed martial artists, however, on today’s UFC 148 media call, Silva went off on his long-time antagonist, Chael Sonnen.
Infuriated by two years of verbal jabbing from Sonnen, Silva took the opportunity to sound a warning to the man who came within two minutes of taking his title in August 2010.
“I’m going to break his face and every tooth in his mouth,” Silva said through his interpreter and manager Ed Soares. “I know he’s on the call listening to this and playtime is over. There’s no more talking from him. I’m going to beat him out of the UFC. I’m going to make him pay for everything he’s said about me, my family and my country. I’m going to beat him maybe like his parents should have to teach him some manners. I’ll teach him those manners myself.
“No more sh** talking from him. Chael Sonnen's going to get his ass kicked like he's never gotten his ass kicked before. What I'm going to do inside the Octagon is something that's going to change the image of the sport, I’m sorry. I'm going to beat his ass like he's never been beaten before. This is going to be violent and I am sorry. I'm going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, that his arms are broken and his legs are broken. He's not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself. I can guarantee that. He will need a plastic surgeon afterwards.”
Sonnen was disconnected from the call but later said:
“People can’t understand why I’m not getting caught up on the hype of Anderson Silva, but he can’t take the magazine covers and press stories into the Octagon with him. He’s just a man with two arms, two legs—and I’m going to beat him on July 7 because I want it more than he does. I don’t need anything in my life—but I have to have that belt. Everything I’ve done, everything I’ve worked for and sacrificed—everything I have in life—I would give it all away to be the UFC champion for just one night.”
Dana White seemed a bit taken aback but almost amused by what went down:
I've promoted every Anderson Silva fight since he's been in the UFC in 2006, and I've never heard him talk even remotely like this. He is usually so respectful and doesn't say anything negative or disrespectful. I've never heard Anderson talk like this once—and I’ve never heard Chael be so sincere about how bad he wants to win this fight and what it means to him to be the UFC world champion.”
Silva has certainly upped the ante tenfold. Will Sonnen have a response or will he fly under the radar and let his wrestling do the talking on July 7?
You'd expect nothing less than for Sonnen to fire back with something nothing short of brilliant—and absurd—so hopefully he will deliver nothing short of gold in the remaining week and a half before their epic clash. Stay tuned!