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Are Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva the Coaches On the Next Season of TUF?

("There is only four things I not like in this world. One is Justin Bieber; the other three is Chael Sonnen.")

At the tail end of Chael Sonnen’s exclusive post-CSAC hearing interview he did with Mike Straka last week, the former UFC number one middleweight contender told the HDNet reporter that he knew what was up next for him, he just couldn’t say because it was "a secret at this point."

Now I may be reading into that statement and the fact that Sonnen has been hellbent lately on calling out Wanderlei Silva at every turn, but if I had to wager a guess as to what the UFC had on tap for "The Most Interesting Man in the World" it would be a TUF coaching slot opposite "The Axe Murderer."

Sure the season would require subtitles pretty much every time Wand opens his mouth, but they had to do the same with the Brits on the USA vs. UK season, so it’s not like that will turn away viewers, especially when you have as polarizing of a persona as Sonnen opposite him.

I interviewed Chael prior to his fight with Nate Marquardt and he was unusually complimentary of his opponent. When I asked him why, he told me that he basically wasn’t in character yet that far out from the fight and that if I called him a few weeks before the fight he’d be on his game. He also said that it’s tough to smack talk a guy he likes like Marquardt.

To me, that says one of two things about the Wanderlei Twitter assault he launched the day after his CSAC meeting using his account which has been inactive since the news of his positive drug test hit and which he used to repeatedly roast Anderson Silva and his manager, Ed Soares leading up to his last fight: 

He must really want a fight with Wand.


He must already have a fight with, or a slot on TUF coaching opposite Silva lined up.

Here’s the backstory and the evidence that prompted my educated guess after the jump:

The seed for the rivalry was planted when Wand confronted Chael about derogatory remarks about Brazil he made leading up to his UFC 117 fight with Silva.

(Video courtesy WandFightTeam)

Here’s the break down of the conversation they had a few months back:

"I’m thinking. You sell the fight, you make a promotion, it’s good, but you need to be careful talking about some things, like Brazil. You’re talking bad things about Brazil," Silva said, seeming to channel Don Corleone. "You don’t know Brazil. When You’re something you don’t know, you need to respect that thing."

"Sure. That’s not totally true," Sonnen replied with a smirk. "I’ve been to Brazil, actually."

That’s like me saying I know about construction because I’ve been to Home Depot.

Silva sees it the same way.

"No, no, you’ve been to Brazil, but I am Brazilian. Like you’ve been talking about the Nogueira brothers. These guys are the history of the sport; we need to respect these guys. You challenging him is okay. You know. One to one, you know? The promotion is good, but you need to respect some things," Silva asserted, obviously a bit more irritated with Sonnen’s smugness. "These guys need respect; and the country, you know? We need to have a good conduct about that. Okay? Don’t do that anymore, because that’s danger, no?"

"Sure, " Sonnen replied half-heartedly."

"In Brazil we have a saying: ‘You have respect, you don’t lose your teeth.’ In Brazil we say that," Wand said matter-of-factly without breaking his gaze on Chael, who looks like he wants out of the car. "Give respect, because we don’t know about the future, no?"

"Sure. Thank-you," Chael replied before Jennifer Wenk, the UFC’s director of PR intervened and told them to get along.

Chael then gave this backstage interview after his UFN 22 UFC Fight Club Q&A and not only questioned the legitimacy of Big Nog’s injury that forced him out of the bout with Mir, but also took a shot at "The Axe Murderer’s" record when dissing Nogueira’s replacement, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic:

(Video courtesy YouTube/Fighters Only)

Here’s what Chael tweeted the day after his CSAC hearing:
"Wand, you might as well fill out your own toe tag. Where is says "Cause of death," just write, "I pissed off a Gangster."

And here is Silva’s reply:
"Sonnan you start tolk about me, becarful or you go need call to your dentista"

Chael responded with:
"All broken pieces of Wand will be half off on Where ya at little guy, worried that I’ll understand you this time?"

And then Tweeted this today:
"Take your comebacks, write them down on a sheet of paper. Roll it up tight, soak it in water, freeze it overnight, then jam it up your ass."

Chael seems to be expending a lot of time and energy on Wand if he doesn’t have something on the go with the former PRIDE star.

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Komodo- December 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm
"There is only four things I not like in this world. One is Justin Bieber; the other three is Chael Sonnen."

Stak40- December 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm
I agree to disagree, and politely suggest that since you dont agree to fuck off until next time! Thanks for keeping me entertained!
ArmFarmer- December 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm
If it were a street fight, he wouldn't have gloves on and that would probably make a difference with those short punches on the ground. More importantly, every strike would bounce andersons head off of concrete instead of a mat and I think that would significantly change the outcome.. and silvas appearance. One good bounce off of concrete could put him in la la land and open up a lot of opportunities for chael to do more damage.

But.. these are all hypothetical scenarios and no one can know what would really happen. When talking about fighters at this level I think it'd be silly to count anyone out in any situation, but I don't think putting pavement underneath a wrestler and taking away the rules is necesarily a bad thing for him. Pretty much a pointless debate though, no one is going to prove they are right here.
RwilsonR- December 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm
I'm withArmFarmer on this one. I never got the whole 'Sonnen looked scared' aspect to this video. He looked uncomfortable, sure. The same way anyone who just wants to sit there peaceably on a car ride to see their boss and doesn't want to start engaging in a heated argument with the other passenger in the car would look uncomfortable in that situation. It just wasn't the time or place to have that argument, Sonnen recognized that, and did what he could to defuse the situation from getting even more uncomfortable. And he did so without ever admitting that anything he previously said was wrong. He didn't act all scared, rolling over and apologizing, or completely changing his tune about anything. He just looked like he didn't want to get into an uncomfortable argument right then and there, which is understandable. So I don't think you can say he was punked, or scared, or anything like that.

And in the past, I have found Sonnen's trash talk pretty funny, but I am a much bigger fan of Wandy. I think Wand was just calling Sonnen out on that stuff, because he isn't the kind of person to shake hands, smile, and play nice with someone when he has a bit of a beef with them. He would prefer to bring it up and get it out in the open. I can respect that, but I don't think it was the time or place to hash that out, and that's why Sonnen acted the way he did. But at no time did I think we were seconds away from Wand losing his mind and trying to beat the shit out of Sonnen. I just don't see it.
Stak40- December 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Uh look at Silvas face after 23 min. What makes you think Sonnen would do any more damage in a street fight. A slam attempt will only give Silva a chance to get up.

And Silver Surfer fucks Superman up anyday of the week.
Stak40- December 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm
I try not to form any real opinion on the personalities or the values of any of these fighters because like a movie star or a musician i an strictly a fan of thier abilities. So my opinions are strictly based on what I saw in the video and Chael antics when he is face to face with someone and when he is not.

In a van sitting with your back to the "axe murder", the fact that he is on crutches really dont fucking matter.

And yes you try and pull guard or go for an armbar/triangle or some dumb shit like that in a street fight on concrete and see how that works out for you. Plus, eye gouging, nut shots etc... dont matter.


Your right that i dont think he can beat Sonnen in the cage and he probably knows that too!
ArmFarmer- December 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Honestly.. if it's a one on one street fight.. wrestling is still the best. Imagine what anderson's back would look like after 23 minutes of grinding it on pavement, or how much damage a good slam would do, or what would happen if Chael just started slamming headbutts from inside his gaurd, or just grabbed his head and bounced or grinded it into the pavement. There's also the added street fighting benefit to wrestlers of no stand ups, no rounds, no restarting on the feet every 5 minutes. 1 takedown and it's over.
bird-dog- December 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm
"Deuces" .....i think they cut Chris Brown out of this picture

*on i side note i think Chris Brown worked his rape-choke with Wandy for the Rhianna fight
*and the way Wanderlei talks im perdy sure he sings "douches"
ArmFarmer- December 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Dude I'm not trying to tell you there aren't people in the world that would stab you in the throat from the back seat of a car, or drag you out of it and curb stomp you, because there certainly are, but wanderlie appears to be a little more sensible than that. Just because he looks like a retarded caveman doesn't mean he is one.

The guy has been fighting professionally for 15 fucking years. He’s delt with guys like tito and rampage that will give you a good reason to cave their head in pretty much any time. If he has had enough sense not to jeopardize his entire career in the last 15 years then why the fuck would he do it now? Did you think rampage was actually going to deck Rashad every episode of the ultimate fighter too? Maybe take it to the parking lot because sugar said his breathe stank? Most of these guys are smarter than that, the rest are in strikeforce.

It’s not because I’m a chael fan, it’s because apparently I have a much higher opinion of wanderlie than you do.

As for your wrestlers in a street fight comment.. I’m sure it would have been such a huge benefit to Anderson to replace the mat with pavement and take away the ref that would stop chael from basketballing his skull off of it until it cracked open… Great point. Not to mention Sonnen outstruck A. Silva anyway.
The Fresh One- December 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Seriously, how fun would it be if Wand said to hell with rules and Pride stomped the smug off Chael's face?
The Fresh One- December 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm
I'm honestly not a Sonnen fan, but talking shit in a van behind a guy while doing a vid blog and in the company of a female PR rep is kind of a bitch move too. Wand may be able to win a no rules streetfight (coughheadbuttcoughMezger), but I don't think he's dumb enough to do that. My point is that Sonnen is a disrespectful turd, and Wand sunk to his level in that van ride. He should have settled it in the cage, but I don't think he can, unless he works his triangles. But again, Sonnen said in Brazil, they "hand out blackbelts like HS diplomas," and I tend to believe him, he does know Brazil after all. He's been there.
ArmFarmer- December 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm
lmao.. i totally forgot.. wandy was on crutches when that video was taken (didn't rewatch it). Yes, I'm sure chael was fearing for his life.
Stak40- December 9, 2010 at 11:16 am

Not trying to change your minds but your opinions seem a little PBS afternoon special to me. I will also assume you are Sonnen fans, believe this hole HRT thing is completely innocent, and are Silva (Anderson or Wandy) haters.

And no Sonnen didnt have to fight anyone to not get punked. He could have taken a verbal stand. The problem is, talking shit on the internet or at a press conference is a bitch move when you had a chance to do it face to face. Simple as that.

Sonnen is a lot of things but i dont think he is stupid. There are plenty of fighters out there that are fantastic in a ring but would get worked in a street fight and vice versa. Sonnen and Kimbo both examples on opposite ends of the spectrum.
RODUS- December 9, 2010 at 10:27 am
Anyone else notice that in this pic, Wandy looks like a Vin Diesel/Randy Couture lovechild?? just sayin...
ArmFarmer- December 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

Yes, I am telling you that it is extremely far fetched that two professionals competing at the highest level in the most prestegious organization in the world would try to kill eachother in a car on their way to a business event. That's exactly what I'm telling you.

The Fresh One- December 9, 2010 at 10:10 am
So, to have not been punked, Sonnen should have jumped over the seat, pushed the PR chick out of the way, taken the mount, and beaten Wand with his own crutch? Sonnen looked annoyed and bored, not afraid. He was level headed enough to ease the situation, while still being a smartass. If these two fight, I don't see it being close.
"You have respect, you don't lose your teeth." Sonnen's been to Brazil, and he told me no one says that in Brazil.
DazedNConfused- December 9, 2010 at 10:03 am
uhhh... Wandy/Sonnen aren't 205?... and Shogun is way too big to cut down to 185 and is currently the LHW champ. So... that wouldn't ever happen.
Stak40- December 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

Not sure what carebare world you live in but shit happens out of nowhere all the time. The look of boredom you describe, in my opininon, is Chael trying to keep the situation as calm as possible. A lot of people dont take to kindly to people running off at the mouth. You start insulting thier religion, nationality, race or whatever and shit can get bad quick, especially when one person who values "respect" feels he is being disrespected. Unfortunately people lose their jobs, friends, family and lives over people simply running their mouths, daily. Hell fights breakout at practise in professional sports between teammates, so you are telling me its far fetched that two fighters wouldnt throw down. Come on son, get the fuck out of here. Yo boy got punked and is now talking shit from the confines of his house and knows it most likely will get settled in the cage, which is as safe of a FIGHT as you can get. And yes its to Chaels advantage.
ArmFarmer- December 9, 2010 at 8:31 am
Right, because so many crazy brawls break out during car rides on the way to see your boss...

Looked like a pretty safe situation to me. A lot safer than being locked in a cage with a guy trying to knock your head off for 15-25 minutes. Unless you actually believe wandy would like drag chael out of the car and stab him in broad day light and on camera. I don't think chael thought that he was in any kind of danger.. he kind of looked bored to me.
Dubya- December 9, 2010 at 8:21 am
Caption : We'll be back in two and two
KarmaAteMyCat- December 9, 2010 at 8:13 am
The only real question for this match up is can Wandy still pull off a triangle.
LOKI- December 9, 2010 at 7:58 am
USA vs Brazil = a bunch of mediocre American wrestlers LnPing their way to UD's.

Wandy vs Chael as coaches = comedy fucking gold and Wandy being removed as coach for not being able to differentiate between sarcastic hype and genuine race-hate thereby reverting to soccer kicks and face stomps.

You know this fight would be the headline of the UFC's return to Brazil...can you immagine the riot that will break out when The All American Smart-Ass wrestle rapes their Pridical Son for 3 rounds?!
Kimbos Bread- December 9, 2010 at 7:24 am
What so Wandy might have to fight Shogun if Shogun is still champ and Wandy wins after the season is over? I don't think that will happen, but I'll still watch the season anyhow.
Stak40- December 9, 2010 at 7:18 am

Fighting in a cage doesnt necessarily translate into fighting outside of a cage. Sitting in a car with Wandy is a scary situation. No rules, no refs no one to save your bitchass.
CheechFace- December 9, 2010 at 4:56 am
Hey RwR,
any idea how I'm gonna get all this hot chocolate off my screen and keyboard???

I'm just glad I pissed before I read your comment!!