Wanderlei Silva has an answer to news that he won’t fight Chael Sonnen, but it may lack the one fans seek.

One day after UFC President Dana White told MMAFighting.com that Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) wouldn’t face Sonnen (29-13-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) unless he received pay-per-view profits from their fight – and that his retirement was imminent – the Brazilian fighter responded through a YouTube video.

Cut straight from a pro-wrestling promo, the clip is backed by an 80s heavy metal soundtrack and flips between color and black-and-white in shadowed lighting.

For nearly five minutes, Silva blasts Sonnen, calling him a “coward,” a “lower level fighter,” and a “butt face.”

“I’m only waiting for the date and the location,” said the former PRIDE champ of a potential Sonnen fight. “Because people want this fight and I want this fight.”

Earlier this week, it appeared he would get his wish. White told “FOX Sports Live” that Sonnen, who this past Saturday submitted former Silva teammate Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 26, asked to fight Silva at UFC 167. White said he would try to book the matchup.

We can do that fight,” he said. “The question, I think, is Wanderlei Silva is out until the beginning of the year. I’m not sure if he’s healthy. But if he’s healthy, I will definitely make that fight, and I will definitely make it the co-main event.”

Then, on Thursday, everything changed.

In the video, Silva never addresses White’s assertion that he turned the fight down. Instead, he rails at Sonnen.

“I’ve already shut you up, face to face, and you were not man enough to step up to me,” Silva said. “Sonnen, you are afraid of me, and I can see it in your eyes every time we meet.”

Silva declined multiple interview requests from MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) over the past week.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

Related News

Hacran Dias: Conor McGregor just like Chael Sonnen, Aldo will 'take his head off'

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 views

Hacran Dias has his own fight to worry bout tonight, but it’s hard to talk to any teammate of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo without asking about his upcoming fight with Conor McGregor. Filed u read news >>

Chael Sonnen: Jose Aldo could lose $3.5 Million bonus if he doesn't fight Conor McGregor at UFC 189

  • 7 days ago
  • 354 views

Chael Sonnen says that Jose Aldo could lose a boat load of money if he doesn't fight at UFC 189. Jose Aldo has a hurt rib, and while they didn't exactly cancel the fight, the bout is still questionab read news >>

UFC veteran calls out Kimbo Slice for 'old school fight,' promises he won't take a dive

  • 8 days ago
  • 843 views

Kimbo Slice earned himself a first-round knockout win against one Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran after disposing of Ken Shamrock at last weekend's (Fri., June 19, 2015) Bellator 138 eve read news >>

UFC Scotland: Bec Rawlings expects you to spit on her, promises to make Joanne Calderwood cry on July 18

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 views

Shades of Spitsbing? Bec Rawlings is expecting mixed martial arts (MMA) fans to hock a loogey on her Australian face when she enters hostile territory at UFC Fight Night 72 on July 18, 2015, inside t read news >>

Stefan Struve believes he can submit Big Nog, promises to 'break' him in front of home crowd

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 views

Stefan Struve intends to use his long limbs to keep Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira out of the danger zone in their fight at UFC 190, and he believes he can submit the black belt. Stefan Struve hasn't won a read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk promises to unveil new 'aces' following UFC Fight Night 59 title defense

  • 12 days ago
  • 29 views

Judging by this picture, you would've guessed the Joanna Jedrzejczyk was trying to inflict as much punishment on Jessica Penne during their strawweight title fight at yesterday's (June 20, 2015) UFC read news >>

Video: Wanderlei Silva Loses His Mind over Fabricio Werdum's UFC 188 Win

  • 19 days ago
  • 1443 views

Fabricio Werdum has gained a number of fans in the years since he upset Fedor Emelianenko back in Strikeforce, but none have been as big or loyal as Pride legend Wanderlei Silva. So when Vai Cavalo b read news >>

Paul Heyman on Chael Sonnen's podcast: 'Intelligent' Brock Lesnar 'greatest professional gift' ever given to him

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

The WWE personality was a recent guest on Chael Sonnen's "You're Welcome" podcast and spoke about how he and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar began working with one another. Paul Heyman h read news >>

UFC 188 'Embedded' Video Blog (Ep. 2): Fabricio Werdum promises 'Fight of the Century,' Gilbert Melendez vows to steal t

  • 23 days ago
  • 83 views

Fabricio Werdum continued to beat the poor-conditioning drum for Cain Velasquez, declaring that the elevation in Mexico City, Mexico, and his long layoff will lead to a poor performance in the main e read news >>

Kimbo Slice Promises Ken Shamrock a Bareknuckle Fight Backstage If He Withdraws

  • 23 days ago
  • 10 views

It has been seven years since Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock fell apart, but the Bahamian brawler is still sore about the circumstances surrounding their scuttled bout. Speaking with the media during a read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: