Chael Sonnen Continues Verbal Assault on Anderson Silva: Fan Reaction (Yahoo! Contributor Network)


By David King,

UFC middleweight number one contender, Chael Sonnen, is never short of words. And he took a few more shots at his arch nemesis, Anderson Silva, in a recent interview. Even though he'll be facing Silva in a few months (in front of 80,000 Brazilian MMA fans, who are not exactly fond of the Portland native), Sonnen remains confident. And he promises to give Silva the beating of his life at UFC 147.

"You don't matter Anderson," Sonnen said. "Don't talk down to me; don't talk to me like you're my equal because you're not. I stomped you before, and I will stomp you again. You are a nuisance to me and to everybody else. You ducked me for six years. You ducked me for two years after that, there's nothing I can do more than pick a fight. You put every stipulation on his thing that you could think of and I answered them all, including coming to Brazil, like it's some kind of big deal. … I'm gonna stomp you this time, the same like I did last time."

Coming into his UFC 117 fight against Silva, Sonnen was very verbal about his intentions inside the Octagon. And he certainly surprised many MMA fans with his dominant performance against the sport's pound-for-pound king. Sonnen dominated Silva—for four and a half rounds—with his aggressive wrestling, but his poor BJJ defense eventually got the best of him, succumbing to an armbar-triangle combo minutes before the final bell.

Unfortunately for Sonnen, a failed post-fight drug test—and Silva's claim of a rib injury—put an asterisk on his performance at UFC 117. And he'll be the underdog going into his rematch with Silva.

I won't completely count Sonnen out against Silva, but his chances are pretty low, considering the amount of time Silva has had to prepare for him (Silva won't underestimate Sonnen this time around either).

Even though their UFC 147 bout will probably be the biggest event in MMA history, I'm not expecting a competitive fight. Silva put on the worst performance of his MMA career at UFC 117, yet, it was still enough to get past a testosterone fueled Sonnen. In front of 80,000 enthusiastic Brazilian fans, I expect to see the best Anderson Silva we've ever seen.

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner that has watched and studied MMA for the past 7 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

Fight and fighter information from Sherdog.com

More from the Yahoo! Contributor Network:

Interview: Kenny Florian Wants to Fight the Best Lightweights Around

Sugar Ray Leonard on Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout

Kimbo Slice KO's Brian Green with 3 Seconds Left in the Final Round

Cesar Gracie is Confident Nick Diaz Will Return to MMA

Molina Appeals Disqualification, Kirkland Down for Rematch

Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 27 days ago
  • 47 views

The former UFC middleweight contender spoke with MMAmania.com to help promote his upcoming gig as analyst for Battlegrounds O.N.E. on October 3, 2014 alongside wrestling legend Jim Ross. With the rec read news >>

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 views

On this week's episode of "The MMA Beat," the panel will discuss Anderson Silva's press conference, Chael Sonnen's recent comments, the state of the bantamweight division, and more. Watch "The MMA Be read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 3 views

On the latest edition of the 'MMA Beat,' the panel discusses a variety of topics including Anderson Silva's press conference and comments towards Nick Diaz, Chael Sonnen's PED declaration, and the st read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 95 views

Wanderlei Silva recently came out of nowhere and announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA), bashing his longtime employers over at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the process. Se read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 25 views

Former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva offered a startling statement regarding his immediate future with the UFC upon his return. Since announcing his return to professional competition, Ande read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 789 views

Former UFC contender and ex-FOX Sports 1 analyst Chael Sonnen is "back" and talking up his on-air duties at the upcoming BattleGrounds MMA one-night, eight-man welterweight tournament, which will awa read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 112 views

Former UFC middleweight superstar, Chael Sonnen gives a complete blueprint for success to featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. Since former UFC Middleweight lightning rod, Chael Sonnen retired from act read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 14 views

Former UFC middleweight superstar, Chael Sonnen discusses the tournament format and why you should buy Battlegrounds MMA: O.N.E. tonight. Tonight, Battlegrounds MMA will be putting on an old school, read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 6 views

Former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva revealed that he will not rule out a potential trilogy fight with Chris Weidman. It was just a few short months ago that Anderson Silva had explained th read news >>