Chael Sonnen may be set to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 167 in a couple of weeks, but “The American Gangsta” already has his next assignment lined up, and it will be long time rival Wanderlei Silva. Of course, the two are set to coach opposite one another on the upcoming season of TUF Brazil, and as per custom with the show, Silva and Sonnen will fight after the season concludes.
So, most people are likely expecting there to be more than a few heated moments during the show, and not surprisingly Silva’s one of them. While discussing the upcoming season with MMA Fighting.com, here’s what Silva had to say about keeping his emotions in check.
“It will be tough. He’s a douche bag, but that’s part of the deal,” Silva said. “I’m here to work. We do what we have to do. But it won’t be easy to live with him. Whatever I need to say, I’ll say right to his face.”
“That’s the best part,” noted Silva, while discussing the fact he’ll get to fight Sonnen after the season concludes. . “I know that, in the end, I’ll make him pay inside the Octagon for everything he says. I expect a great win, and I want a knockout.”
Silva also confirmed he’s suggested to Dana White that the season feature competitors from both Brazil and the U.S., as “we need big ratings. If we don’t pull good numbers on the TV we might not get another season (in Brazil), so we need to do a good show for the fans, and I believe it would be better with a Brazil vs. USA season.” According to Silva, White is thinking it over.
And as far as who Silva believes will win Evans-Sonnen? “The Axe Murderer” apparently thinks “Suga” will “destroy him.” How about that?
UFC 167 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and filming for the third season of TUF Brazil is expected to get under way in early 2014.
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