Wanderlei Silva has made it be known this week that he’s still hoping to battle his longtime nemesis Chael Sonnen next, even though “The American Gangster” is set to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 167. Despite being booked, Sonnen continues to take verbal shots at the legendary fighter, and if you’re surprised by that you evidently don’t know him very well.
While appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, here’s what Sonnen had to say about Silva and the fact a fight between them has yet to materialize (comment via MMA Fighting.com).
“Wanderlei’s version is, ‘I’d really love to do it, but the UFC just hasn’t offered it to me.’ But anyone who believes the UFC hasn’t offered tried to put on this colossal mega-fight between two guys that genuinely disdain each other is more than silly. It’s a level of ridiculousness.”
Sonnen then took aim at Silva’s historic run in PRIDE, which made “The Axe Murderer” one of the biggest starts in the sport.
“Am I picking on him? Yeah, I’m picking on him. This dates way back to when he was fighting in Japan. I’m the first guy to ever point out the fact that those were fake, that he wasn’t winning fights in Japan. That he didn’t go 22-0. These were set-up matches, and it pissed him and ‘Cro Cop’ off. But as soon as I said it, other guys started coming out and going, ‘Oh, Chael’s right.’ From Gary Goodridge to Mark Coleman, to Don Frye coming out, ‘Yeah, we were in the back and yeah, these were set-up.’ He’s upset about that, but it doesn’t change the reality of what happened.”
Silva has been sidelined with injuries and hasn’t fought now since March when KO’d Brian Stann. Now it will be interesting to see if the long-awaited all-star fight ever does get signed.
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