Chael Sonnen showed off his interviewing skills on Tuesday's edition of UFC Tonight, and the results were spectacular.
Chatting with UFC middleweight titleholder and consensus pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva on the show, Sonnen and co-host Kenny Florian covered a variety of topics. These ranged from welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to a possible trilogy fight with Sonnen to, of course, Silva's UFC 162 matchup with undefeated challenger Chris Weidman.
Silva, who traditionally works closely with a translator in his interviews, spoke to the two hosts in English for the majority of this spot to make it more accessible and real for the viewers at home. Coupled with his latest "UFC From All Angles" interview, Silva appears to be making a dedicated effort to his English, a fact that could propel his popularity in the United States and abroad.
While Sonnen is magical as always in the interview, it is Silva who really steals the show. Usually quiet and non-committal, Silva seems more open and honest here as he squeaks in a few subtle jabs at both GSP and Weidman.
When asked about his feelings regarding GSP's decision to side with Weidman in the main event at UFC 162, Silva replies with a simple, "Who?"
Sonnen, clearly pleased, compliments Silva on that act of showmanship, and the two enjoy a nice, civil and laid-back conversation from that point forward.
Because of this, I would like to pose a question to you, the fans: Is Silva/Sonnen turning into the UFC equivalent of (Larry) Bird/Magic (Johnson)?
For those familiar with both sports, the similarities are many.
Bird and Magic were premier athletes and superstars in their sport who squared off multiple times at the highest level. At first, this competition was intense and bitter, but time healed all and the two became good friends who respected and adored each other's unique skill sets.
The rivalry made them stronger and closer.
This UFC Tonight interview certainly makes it seem as though Silva and Sonnen are becoming fond of one another, and if that is the case, we may have a new McDonald's commercial on our hands in the very near future.