Chael Sonnen surprised the world when he became the first man in the UFC to make Anderson Silva look human at UFC 117 back in 2010. For four-and-a-half rounds, he beat the champion from pillar to post. He not only took the champion down, he was also able to make Silva look vulnerable on the feet.
For the next two years, Sonnen would tell everyone and anyone that he was the real middleweight champion. He'd make various claims about Brazilian fighters, doing everything he could to get another crack at Silva.
However, don't ever think that his trash talk is because he hates Anderson. As he claims, he just feels that fighting the Brazilian middleweight is a relatively easy matchup.
"I would fight that guy everyday. I love easy fights. I've had the hard fights. I've had to fight Stann. I've had to fight Bisping. I've had to fight Okami. I had to fight Marquardt. I've had the hard fights. I want some easy fights now," Sonnnen told Bleacher Report at Thursday's open workouts. "I will gladly fight him, but under what illusions are we that he would ask for a third match?"
"He got destroyed the first time, then did everything he could do to get out of this fight. He's going to get destroyed again. This isn't going to be close. I already know how this is going to go. He gets stomped and then he wasn't ready or 'ah my rib.' We know how it goes."
With how profitable a hypothetical matchup between Sonnen and Silva is, it's hard to imagine that the "Spider" would turn down a rematch should he lose. However, Sonnen is positive that the current middleweight champion would never ask for the bout.
"I will fight any man God ever made. I do not do that whole 'he deserves it, he doesn't.' I will fight any of them. But to believe that he would ask to get his ass smashed three times is not realistic."
In the buildup to the fight, Anderson finally let out those two years of anger and frustration. It started on the media conference call and continued to Friday's weigh-ins. However, it seems like Sonnen's not concerned about an angry Silva.
In fact, he's actually kind of happy that Anderson has decided to join the promotional party.
"I didn't make a whole lot out of it. I think it's nice that the real him came through. You can put on the fancy suit and talk in your little voice and bow all you want. But behind the suit, the voice and the bowing is a lowly cage fighter just like me."
Chael Sonnen faces Anderson Silva tonight in the main even of UFC 148 for the UFC middleweight title.