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Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen – Believe the Hype?

Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen – Believe the Hype?

Are you watching TUF Brazil 3? Should you be? Let’s use reason to answer that question.

The facts are thus: The UFC has been heavily pushing a rivalry between legendary Brazilian fighter Wanderlei Silva and stalwart American Chael Sonnen, which seems to be the nucleus of Season Three of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and where the positively-charged protons of violence and conflict reside. The UFC has even released video teasing the pent up energy that could in theory explode in a chain reaction of fission and fists.

Is it legitimate heat? Sadly, before we can come to that conclusion, we have to consider the other facts. Namely, we’ve heard rivalry hype before – concerning Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping, and so many others – and we’ve heard so much hype about seasons of TUF that failed to live up to expectations. Like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, it’s to the point where if we see clips of bad blood with a TUF logo in the background, we must automatically question whether or not what we’re seeing is staged.

Personally, I’m not sure I truly believe that “The Axe Murderer” has that much hate seething inside him for Sonnen. Ten years ago, sure, it would’ve been plausible. But for the past few years, Silva has softened to teddy bear status – a killer teddy bear, obviously, but a sweet and kind one that you wouldn’t mind playing with your kids. Where then does all the Sonnen hate come from?

I’m not sure there is a legitimate reason for bad blood between the two accomplished fighters, other than a TUF producer saying, “Hey guys, can you amp up the emotion for the camera?”

What do you think? Is the Silva vs. Sonnen stuff real?

 

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