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When Chael Sonnen was first after the middleweight title, he had to get past Nate Marquardt at UFC 109.
Before that fight took place, Sonnen did an interview with MMA Weekly and it revealed his candid thoughts on what kind of fighter and man Silva is.
This is an excerpt from that interview from January 2010, when he was asked about Silva's possible retirement from the sport.
As quoted in the MMA Weekly article:
“I would imagine, who knows what Anderson’s doing. At the end of the day, who cares,” said Sonnen. “If he wants to leave the division, leave the sport, who cares. Beat it, nobody tunes in to watch him anyways, and his little fake ‘I don’t speak English.'"
“You want me to let you in on a secret, Anderson Silva speaks perfect English. He just has such a low amount of respect for you and all the rest of the media that he pretends he doesn’t. I’ve had conversations with Anderson Silva in perfect English, and on top of that he’s so boring to listen to that he and his rocket scientist manager, Ed Soares, who is also about as exciting as watching grass grow, have decided that Ed is better on the mic than Anderson, so just let Ed do the talking."
In the same article, Silva's manager Ed Soares fired back with comments of his own.
“(Silva) doesn’t speak perfect English. It’s definitely improving a lot and he can start to have a little bit more of a conversation with people, but at the end of the day when the lights are on and the camera is there, he likes to have someone next to him there to translate for him,” Soares said.
Soares continued to talk about the Team Quest fighter, a man he says is usually a "really super nice guy".
“Anyone that has a mouth can say what they want,” he said. “I don’t think people pay too much attention to what Chael does. Saying that Anderson’s boring or Anderson’s this, Anderson’s that, we don’t even need to go back and see what Chael has done. If you really want to analyze Chael’s career over the past couple years, he’s had some wins, but he said he didn’t tap against Paulo Filho. If the ref wouldn’t have stopped the fight, Paulo Filho would have his arm in Brazil with him.
“And when he beat Paulo Filho, he was 35 to 40 percent of a Paulo Filho and he took him to a decision. Then he went and fought Demian Maia, got submitted quick, and now he’s going to fight Nate Marquardt which Nate just ended up knocking out Demian Maia. I think Chael should be really focused on his fight that he’s got against Nate Marquardt because I can tell you right now that’s probably going to be the hardest fight of his life. I would put my money on Nate.”
Sonnen claimed in a UFC 117 pre-fight interview that Silva ducked him for four years.
After defeating Marquardt, he finally got his shot.