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Silva is not currently ranked by the UFC. Therefore, a victory for Sonnen would not leave him any closer to championship title. However, the history between these two MMA veterans makes for an exciting matchup.
Sonnen has often made fun of the largest Latin American nation that is Brazil. Silva, on more than one occasion, has taken offense to Sonnen’s insults. In fact, the “Axe Murderer” warned Sonnen about his comments and made an indirect threat regarding the matter. He stated, “You have respect, you don’t lose your teeth.”
Since then, the relationship between Silva and Sonnen has worsened. Silva recently released a video, in which he yelled and vehemently proclaimed his dislike for Sonnen. He then went on to list the ways in which he wished to inflict pain upon the American Gangster. The Brazilian stated:
…the people want this fight (against Sonnen), and I want this fight. Sonnen, I will beat you up, you coward. I don’t go in there to give up. Like Sonnen did against Jones in the very first round. Like he did against Anderson (Silva), when he took a knee to the chest and stayed down like a little girl. Sonnen is a lower-level fighter.
And now, I will get you, Sonnen...
Sonnen, I will punch your face in...I will make you swallow your teeth, you loser...I will go in to show Sonnen what happens when someone disrespects our nation...You (Sonnen) will get a beating...I will hurt you. I will break your nose with my knee. From there, you will go straight to the surgeon to fix your nose. I will break your nose in this fight.
Throughout the video, an enraged Silva appeared motivated and focused on Sonnen's demise. It also gave light to a fight that has been years in the making. A Sonnen/Silva matchup may solve a personal matter between the two combatants. However, for Sonnen, the risk of losing to a non-ranked opponent would hurt his career by possibly knocking him out of the UFC’s top-10 rankings and stifling his chances of acquiring yet another title shot.