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Anderson Silva’s BJJ Coach May Be the Only Person Who Sees a Bright Side to Sonnen’s Positive Steroid Test

(Ramon says his head isn’t big; every hat he owns is simply too small.)

Brazilians always seem to take the glass is half full approach to life, so it shouldn’t surprise us that Anderson Silva’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach, Ramon Lemos sees a bright side to Chael Sonnen‘s positive post-UFC 117 steroid test result.

Lemos told Tatame recently that Sonnen’s infraction only proves how good his fighter really is.

"I was very happy because he was on top of us for 23 minutes, on his best position, and Anderson submitted him, won the fight and kept the belt… Then you see that the guy had used things, so he had better conditioning than a regular athlete… It’s wonderful for us," Lemos said. "That proves that Anderson Silva is the best of t he world, without any doubts."

Considering that Sonnen, whether or not he had any help from PEDs, is the only fighter to ever dominate Silva the way that the Oregon Republican did in August, it’s no surprise that Ramos is in agreement that the one year suspension Chael was handed down by the California State Athletic Commission last month was just. He also is of the opinion that when Sonnen does come back from his suspension that he should be forced to work his way back up from the bottom of the UFC’s middleweight division.

Since Silva only has a handful of fights remaining on his current UFC contract and has expressed a desire to retire in the next year or two, unless Sonnen wins his appeal, it’s unlikely the pair will ever get a second match.

"I’m in favor of rematches for the fans, the show, the event, the whole media… But, as a professional and athlete, and now as Anderson Silva’s coach on Atos, I consider a rematch a bad thing and it doesn’t worth. Because, if the guy had loss on the judges’ call, it’d be ok. But he stayed for 23 minutes, and that means five rounds, on his best position, which is to takedown and punch from the top, and he couldn’t define the fight, and he lost," Lemos said. "There’s no need to know if he had taken extra medicines or not. You can’t have a rematch on those conditions. He has to be punished and stay a year off and then come back for the end of the line and wait for his call to fight Anderson Silva again."

He says that all that the incident with Sonnen has done is expedited an anticipated match-up between Silva and fellow Brazilian, Vitor Belfort — a fight Ramon says they have coveted for a while.

"It’s a fight we’ve all waited for and, on Anderson’s trainings, we’ve talked that he’d be a probable athlete to fight him. I think Anderson’s fought everyone on his division and those he didn’t, was because they weren’t ready to fight Anderson and have a title fight… They have to have an entire story to get to Anderson Silva. Vitor Belfort has been showing it. The fight’s coming and we have to do our best. The training is being set, we’re making a full scheduled here and putting it all on paper," he explained. "I’ve been talking to Anderson every day, I think that Vitor Belfort has many strong points, but have some weaknesses too, and I think those weaknesses will make him fail on this mission to get Anderson’s belt. I think he’s a top athlete, but Anderson has conditions to beat him and many other who’ll come his way."

When asked if Vitor’s stand-up which is superior to Sonnen’s is of any concern to his charge, considering Chael surprisingly picked the champion apart on his feet, Lemos chalked Silva’s inability to get off first to his rib injury.

"In the dressing room, while he was doing some warm up exercises, you could tell he had an injury because he was always bringing his hand to his rib… He entered the stage wearing a kimono, something you’ve never seen before on Anderson’s career. But when you get there injured, your mind goes shitty, you keep thinking you can’t move, this or that. I wanted, in the future, that Anderson fighting at his best, so that people know Anderson is a monster on the stand up game, on the ground too from the top or on the bottom. He’s an excellent athlete. I noticed he wasn’t the same on the stand-up game from the beginning and I think it was due to his injury," Lemos pointed out. "Anderson has no reasons to hide it… We know very well who Anderson Silva is because of all he has done on MMA, he has a huge history. He has over 30 fights on his record and everybody knows what he can do. No one unlearn it all in one fight. So, there’s no such thing like he’s not “the man” anymore. On one fight he unlearned it all… So why did he do all that before? For sure the injury spoke loudly on this fight."

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Fedor Penn- October 14, 2010 at 8:55 am
Hey Lemos, don't be scared homie!
Ballkick- October 13, 2010 at 8:30 pm
One thing that some may miss over all this is that the next opponent that Anderson faces will be foolish to not take advantage of the hole in Silva's game.
Irregardless of PED's the road to victory over the disputable P4P best fighter has been witnessed.
I am huge fan of Anderson Silva, but I recognize that no one is un-beatable.
Vitor will not do what Sonnen did because that is not his style of fight but look for someone to take this road soon......and with better results.
Almost North- October 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm
If Fox News is any guide that little (R) next to his name at least triples his testosterone.

Maybe he should change it to (Rx) though.
fatbellyfrank- October 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm
@ Ninjanerd, since when did we need details or facts to engage in a hearty bout of shit talkin and makin stuff up here on CP? but take your point, its all mere conjecture at this point, for all we know, Sonnen may have been born with three testicles, which causes the elevated tesosterone
NinjaNerd8- October 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm
We really don't know all the details about Chael's case yet. Do we really have to continue with this shit?
fatbellyfrank- October 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm
@ Raymond and Almost, whole heartedly agree, we've done this to death a cuppla times, but I am def in the anti PEDS camp, and I agree with everything that Ramon says in the article, Sonnen dominated for 23 minutes in top position, with the benefit of PED's and couldn't get er done, back to the bottom of the ladder you go, or go sell a house
NinjaNerd8- October 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm
Alot of them are on something. Go back and look at "A day in the life of Shane Carwin" as he prepares for Brock. Look at all the bottles and jars of shit he slams into his body on a daily basis. Pills and powders galore, it's disgusting.

RaymondClarence- October 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm
@Almost North
Thanks for backin up a CP noob buddy. Been a fan/reader for a while. Just started posting. I really hope as the testing gets more refined that some of our (non-Republican and non-asshole) heroes don't get popped. That would kinda break my heart. I think PED's can do as much damage as Steve "WTF" Mazagatti (horribly spelled wrong?), 10 point must systems, or Cecil Peoples.

hooligun- October 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm
@kellyman - well put.
jimbonics- October 13, 2010 at 4:42 pm
When life throws you lemos, drink piss, and your mind goes shitty.
hooligun- October 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm
back up from the bottom of the UFC's welterweight division.

kellyman- October 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm
If he has to work his way from the bottom of the welterweight division, Chael's gonna be waiting awhile.
Almost North- October 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm
^^ Yeah it sucks losing to people that didn't earn it. Guys were juicing back when I was in high school, I can't even imagine what this next generation will be on.
RaymondClarence- October 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm
Man it just sucks that we have no fucking clue anymore to who is sauced up and who isn't. I say 30 to 50 percent are on the "GNC Plus" program. Like that article in CP was sayin, 4 randoms a year with blood and urine tests. Either that or (cringe) just allow it so all these guys can get proper medical evaluations with steroid use in mind to minimize health issues. As an avid drug free Olympic and power lifting amatuer participant, I think it sucks losing to dudes on shit.