Wanderlei Silva Still Eyeing Chael Sonnen Fight, Even in Metamoris If Necessary

Former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva had his grudge match with Chael Sonnen scheduled for earlier this month postponed after "The Axe Murderer" ran into some trouble with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but he still thinks the bout will happen.

The Brazilian slugger allegedly refused to take a random drug test administered by the commission, on top of not applying for his fighter's license on time, so he was removed from UFC 175 in late May, per MMA Fighting

While Sonnen was quick to poke fun at his longtime rival over the situation, he ended up in an even worse situation when he failed two random drug tests for performance-enhancing drugs in a two-week period, per MMA Fighting

Last week, the NSAC dropped the hammer on Sonnen and issued him a two-year suspension, though the suspension was likely in vain, since "The American Gangster" announced his retirement prior to the hearing. 

With all that in mind, Silva told Submission Radio on Sunday that he still believes a showdown with Sonnen will materialize before he hangs up the gloves—whether it occurs in the Octagon or on the mat. 

"I think he retired just for now, I think after finishing his suspension, he's gonna (come) back. I hope this fight is gonna happen," Silva said.

When addressing Sonnen's failed drug tests, he added “Yeah this is bad for everyone, bad for him, bad for me, bad for the fans who want so much that fight. But I’m gonna (be) waiting for him."

When asked if he'd consider fighting Sonnen in a grappling-only-style matchup in Metamoris, he responded "Yeah, why not. I never think about that but I think it’s a good idea."

While Silva is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, he has just one submission in his 49-fight career, which happened all the way back in January 2000 when he choked out Bob Schrijber under the Pride banner. 

Sonnen, a two-time All-American wrestler at the University of Oregon, is known for his wrestling and has shown an improved submission game since he was tapped out by Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in August 2010. 

Although he appears to be done with his MMA career for good, Sonnen will still headline Metamoris 4 against multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion Andre Galvao

In the unlikely event that Sonnen decides to return to the UFC down the line, would a fight with Wanderlei Silva still pique the interests of fight fans?

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Miesha Tate Wants a Trilogy with Ronda Rousey at Madison Square Garden

  • 27 days ago
  • 30 views

Women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is eyeing a third fight against Ronda Rousey at Madison Square Garden if she gets past Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. read news >>

Chael Sonnen Weighs in on Kevin Costner’s Desire for Olympic MMA

  • 25 days ago
  • 35 views

On this episode of Beyond the Fight, Chael Sonnen weighs in on award winning actor Kevin Costner's desire to see mixed martial arts in the Olympics. read news >>

Wanderlei Silva Hit by a Car, May Require Surgery

  • 16 days ago
  • 34 views

Wanderlei Silva was hit by a car on Wednesday and may require surgery. read news >>

Chael Sonnen: People Throwing Away the Idea of McGregor vs. Mayweather Are Wrong

  • 12 days ago
  • 97 views

Chael Sonnen says that those who dismiss a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight altogether are wrong, and explains how the fight could come together. read news >>

Chael Sonnen Turns Promoter, Launches “Submission Underground” Grappling Event

  • 9 days ago
  • 8 views

The news was announced on Wednesday that former UFC contender Chael Sonnen has turned to promoting. read news >>

Chael Sonnen: ‘He Said Yes; That’s What Separates the Michael Bispings From the Rest’

  • 5 days ago
  • 429 views

You can say whatever you want about the UFC turning to Michael Bisping to fight Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. Chael Sonnen certainly doesn't care what you think. read news >>

Chael Sonnen Talks with Mayhem Miller: Missing Weight, More Fights, and UFC Exit

  • 2 days ago
  • 61 views

Chael Sonnen goes one on one with Mayhem Miller about missing weight by 24 pounds, what his future holds, and the backstage blow-up that led to his UFC exit. read news >>