Like two lions trapped in a shoebox, Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva have been going at one another for what seems to be an eternity.
Known for his ability to get under any man's skin, tough or not, Sonnen has been wreaking havoc in the Brazilian's doghouse since he first challenged the mixed martial arts legend to Octagon supremacy.
Now Sonnen is the type of cat to do whatever needs doing in order to promote a fight, so sometimes his publicly-driven remarks should be taken as lightly as Richard Sherman's on-field smack talk.
But when you cross a true boss like Silva, ill-spoken words will not be forgiven. Silva will take every word to heart and use them as motivation to take Sonnen's head off when the two meet at UFC 173 in May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
The long-awaited showdown is sure to produce legendary fireworks. Of course, that's assuming that Silva doesn't find a way out of the fight.
"Wand is fat," said Sonnen in a recent email to Fighters Only Magazine, originally reported by MMA Mania's Jesse Holland. "He hasn't taken his shirt off since we have been here. He thought our fight would be in July, but it got announced for May. He's stressed and trying to get out of it."
Sonnen is more than likely just attempting to rattle "The Axe Murderer" leading up to their bout, but it is alarming when you consider Silva hasn't fought since March of last year when he finished Brian Stann in the second round.
Unless you want to consider the brawl that both rival coaches recently partook in on the set of The Ultimate Figher: Brazil, which UFC president Dana White called, "the worst thing that's ever happened on The Ultimate Fighter in 20 seasons."
In any case, assuming Silva isn't too "fat" to compete, this ongoing battle of wits and brawn will finally come to a head on May 24.
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