According to ESPN, Chael Sonnen says that Anderson Silva is running scared ahead of their championship bout at UFC 148. He even went as far as stating that the reason behind Silva’s behavior in a recent presser was due to the fact that “The Spider” wanted out of the fight:
I'm the best. I'm the best ever. I'm a volunteer army. He got drafted. He did everything he could to get out of this fight.
He tried to start a fight with me two days ago at the press conference to get disqualified from the fight. That's how much he's tried to avoid it.
My point is not that he's not a very good fighter, it's that when you pick your opponents like Mike Tyson did, it's phoney.
I'm gonna put him on his back and run my fist into his face for five rounds. People can talk gameplans, that's what mixed martial artists do. I'm not a mixed martial artist. I'm a cage fighter - there's a tremendous difference.
At the UFC 148 press junket that Sonnen alluded to, there was an eerie sense of violent tension in the air. Silva’s confrontation of Sonnen was both personal and at times physical, though no punches were thrown.
The obvious reason behind Silva’s demeanor that day was a culmination of Sonnen’s never-ending incessant invectives towards his family, his countrymen and the man himself.
Prior to the aforementioned presser, in a 148 media conference call, the 37-year-old Brazilian had verbally threatened absolute brutality towards the Oregonian.
In the main event, Sonnen will vie for Silva’s 185-pound crown for a second time. Conversely, Silva will attempt a 10th successive title defense.
UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.