If you witnessed tonight’s main event between Chael Sonnen and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, you know that Sonnen not only defeated the former champion via first round submission (guillotine), but also entertained the crowd with a down pat speech that in so many words called-out Pride legend Wanderlei Silva. This is no surprise as Sonnen has been taunting “The Axe-Murderer” for some time now, as the two have no love lost. Wanderlei has responded (just prior to tonight’s bout) with his answer to the challenge.
“This is a joke – he’s a clown,” Silva said in response to Sonnen’s statements. “He’s a second-level fighter. He’s not Top 10 – he’s not a top fighter. He can’t say anything about that because he’s not in the position. His results don’t give him the right to talk like that.”
The fan favorite has been out for some time, but assures that we aims to be back this year.
“I had a problem with my sciatic in this last fight and the pain comes, the pain goes,” Silva said. “I don’t have that problem anymore and I’m ready to get back.”
As for Silva taking on Sonnen in his return — you can bet on it.
“When I fight with him, it’s going to be a great fight, it’s going to be a good match,” Silva said. “But when I fight with him, he’s going to know what’s going to happen.” – MMAJunkie
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