Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
Ever since Chael Sonnen started opening his mouth in regards to Anderson Silva leading up to UFC 117 in August of 2010, trash talk has become entertainment. No longer was it just “I’m going to beat him badly,” or “I’m going to kill him.”
Sonnen used hilarious, intelligent insults regarding the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.
All of the talk added to the developing rivalry of Silva vs. Sonnen.
In the first fight, Sonnen dominated for four rounds but lost after “The Spider” wrapped his legs around Sonnen for a triangle choke with less than two minutes left in the fifth round.
After the fight, Sonnen proclaimed himself the “True Middleweight Champion” and “The People’s Champion.”
He also called out Silva after Sonnen defeated Brian Stann at UFC 136. In a post-match interview with Joe Rogan, Sonnen completely ignored Rogan’s question and looked directly at Silva and said, “Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck!”
It added to this rivalry, and the rematch between Silva and Sonnen was one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history.