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Brazil Continues to be Tough But Fair with Chael Sonnen


(“Is good, no? Is from child’s meal at fast food restaurant.” PicProps: FCFighter.com)

By now we’ve all had a good chuckle over last week’s vid of the world’s most awkward van ride where Wanderlei Silva tells Chael Sonnen to keep Brazil’s name out his mouth, if he wants that mouth to keep functioning for the purposes of things like chewing food and telling insane lies. But as Sonnen – who pretty much backed down in the face of Wanderlei’s rough-hewn wisdom — continues to hole up in Oregon and contemplate the possibility that he may have squandered his last chance at being a relevant fighter, a few other Brazilians followed Wanderlei’s lead over the weekend and let fly with their own opinions about the alleged testosterone addict.

That included Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who told Sherdog.com that he thinks “God is just” in not allowing Sonnen to win the UFC middleweight title while (probably) cheating against Anderson Silva. “The Spider” also spoke with the Dog, telling it that he didn’t think Sonnen deserved a rematch, anyway. For his part, Wanderlei went the extra mile to prove he’s like the nicest dude in the world, telling MMA Canada (during kind of an awkward video blog) that he thinks Sonnen’s year-long suspension is a bit too harsh.


“I loved it,” said Big Nog when asked about Sonnen’s stern lecture from ‘The Axe Murderer’ being caught on camera. “I had to call to Wanderlei to congratulate him. I always get along well with Wanderlei. Whenever we train in Las Vegas, we go to his gym. Yesterday, I had to congratulate the guy, because he has the right attitude. Sonnen is a kid who does not know what he’s talking about, who thinks it’s cute to do this type of marketing. Sonnen is a guy who never practiced a martial art in his life. He doesn’t know what respect or leadership is. He never respected any teacher, so he said those things. He’s a guy who has no respect for anything. Wanderlei gave him an earful at the right time, and I was pleased.”

As an aside, we should note that in a piece entitled “Five Questions for ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira” two of the questions (that’s 40 percent, people) Sherdog chose to ask were about Sonnen, so in some ways it seems he’s still winning the publicity battle. Nonetheless, it appears Brazil is getting the last laugh here.

Count on Anderson Silva to put his own totally weird spin on things, however. While tossing out some extremely dubious claims in a video with Sherdog (which you can find at bottom), Anderson says he’s oddly willing to give Sonnen the benefit of the doubt in terms of the allegations of using PEDs. It was Sonnen’s actual performance in their first fight that the champ thinks makes him unfit for a rematch.

“Sonnen should be thanking a Brazilian, who created the (UFC), for the opportunity to fight in the UFC today …,” Silva says. “I submitted him because he spoke ill of the Nogueiras. In my opinion, he never deserved a rematch. He stayed in the same position all fight. If he couldn’t win in 30 minutes with me injured, could he win in a rematch?”

Just to be clear though, the “same position” that Sonnen stayed in during the entirety of their bout at UFC 117 was on top of Silva totally kicking his ass, right? Right. Also, Silva saying he chose to win by submission because Sonnen said some derogatory things about the Nogs? Yeah, that’s some Chael Sonnen-type shit, right there.

Thank God we’ve still got Wanderlei  to act as MMA’s moral compass and bring some sense back to this conversation:
 
"He’s (out) one year,” Wanderlei tells MMA Canada about Sonnen. “That’s tough, a year is too much time. I agree with what Dana (White) said. They took his job for a year, that’s terrible. This guy has a family and this guy needs to work. I think six months is ok; a year is too much time. (Steroids) is wrong but you can’t take a job from a guy for a year. That’s not so good. That’s bad."

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ArmFarmer- October 5, 2010 at 8:36 am
Hod did he back down? Because he didn't punch wandy in the face in a moving vehicle on the way to meet with their boss? Wtf do you expect him to do... It's not like Wandy was even disrespectful towards him it's not like he was like Chael you are a pussy faggot.. he just calmly told him he didn't appreciate what he said about his country. fuckin dumb people..

Chael would tool Wandy anyway.
Red Baron- October 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Anderson Silva is the most unlikeable guy in MMA. A prima donna. And this next part goes out directly to the Spider: Listen up you brainless Brazillian faggot (guess which part of that was redundant?), I'll personally beat your candyass down. Bring it, punk. You're way too goofy to be relevant -- nobody gives a shit about you anymore, Dana should yank your belt in principle for being a terrible representative for UFC/MMA.

I'll be away from home for awhile so don't bother dropping by.
Uncle Chubbs- October 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm
controlled, yes. out-pointed, yes. beat up? absolutely not. fuck compustrike. if compustrike picked the winners , then it would be chris leben via foot stomp FTW constantly. silva did exponentially more damage off his back with a dozen elbows haha.
...ChOkE...- October 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm
Chael Sonnen is like the new Alex Stiebling... Interestingly, it was Anderson Silva that knocked Stiebling off the hype train, too.

I agree, Anderson was being controlled, but he wasn't getting his ass kicked by any means...
Meaot- October 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm
Is it just me or does Anderson look like he's on the verge of cracking himself up the whole time. The list of his inside jokes must be miles long by now...
dogpt3- October 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm
If you didnt see the fight and lined up the damage on their faces you would never know sonnen spent the whole fight on top "kicking his ass"
Shane Darwin- October 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Chael Sonnen's punches, for the most part, were Jake Shieldzzzzzz style punches. I was rooting for Chael, but to be honest, I was worried he'd be the first UFC fighter to get knocked out in a championship fight while on top. Those elbows from the guard by Anderson were really hurting him. Compustrike does not even come close to telling the whole story. Chael was winning, but an ass-kicking it was not. If Anderson got his ass kicked, then he'd at least have a bruise or two after the fight.
itsgalf- October 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm
but...it's probably actually Big Nog's belt that he let Anderson borrow (or is that Lil Nog? - dunno)

agentsmith- October 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Yes, Sonnen was on top of Silva for almost the entire fight, but no he did not "kick his ass". That would require actually doing damage.
Almost North- October 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm
^^ No, that is Andersen's jet-black cloth penis.
High Left Kick- October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am
I hope thats Anderson's belt that the Nogueiras are holding onto . . awkwaarrrdd
NinjaNerd8- October 4, 2010 at 11:46 am
Decently fair article, for once. Except for the implications of outright cheating. He indicated he took "something" that might result in a positive test. I doubt he would have said that if, as everyone has been saying, it's so easy to juice and get away with it because only urine is tested. I mean hasn't this been CP's entire argument about the lack of good testing by the commission? How can you guys then turn around and condemn him, given all these circumstances?

Oh wait, CP's an MMA site that covers kick-boxing.

I still love you guys, though. :3
C-Bus Allstar- October 4, 2010 at 11:36 am
@Almost North

The same goes for me. This site is CONSISTENTLY the slowest site that I browse, and today it's EXTRA faggish.
Sakuraba3900- October 4, 2010 at 11:31 am
Regardless of whatever happens Chael is and always will be the P4P best trash talking machine that has never won a fight that actually mattered.
Gardeninja- October 4, 2010 at 11:24 am
Well he is a real estate agent and even though the market in Oregon is sub par it is up 7.6 percent. I'm sure he's not going to be starving.
Stak40- October 4, 2010 at 11:22 am
As far fetched as this sounds and I am only saying this because I feel it would be dope if true BUT what if Silva really did go in with the game plan to submit Sonnen because of his comments about the Nog bros and then did it. I mean that shit is on a whole other level!
Almost North- October 4, 2010 at 11:22 am
Its working now, faster then its been in a long time for me.

Wandy is the man.

Every interview I see with Anderson makes me wish i spoke Portuguese, so i could figure out if hes actually batshit insane or its just an effect of the translation.
Biffmiester- October 4, 2010 at 11:22 am
WAR WANDERLEI!!! All day, every day!!!
Tariq Trotter- October 4, 2010 at 11:21 am
@uncle chubbs: I completely agree, ass kicking is a stretch indeed. I mean sonnen was throwing rapid fire one inch double ear punches from guard for fucks sake
GrimJack- October 4, 2010 at 11:16 am
I have to say when I work in Brazil, I found all the Brazilians to be a class act, always professional and respectful. I knew respect got respect and disrespect got your teeth skipping across the floor.
Fried Taco- October 4, 2010 at 11:11 am
Site is loading fast for me! But then my browser does have the Sonnen special plugin. Maybe you guys have the Jake Shieldzzzzzzzzzzzzz virus?
BryanF- October 4, 2010 at 11:09 am
I got Chael over Wandy in that one...with or without roids
Uncle Chubbs- October 4, 2010 at 11:05 am
i dont get why he deserved a rematch to begin with. the fight ended in a clear and decisive way. there was no judges decision. sonnen was winning on points. and couldnt finish the fight after 23 minutes and out of his 250-something strikes, how many of them were actually effective. so to say that sonnen was on top "kicking ass" the whole fight is a huge stretch. he executed his game plan, but hardly kick ass. he had a few good strikes, but silva had some sick elbows from the bottom. and Wandi is the man.
Viva Hate- October 4, 2010 at 11:05 am
@Almost North,
I usually never have a problem but today I can barely load the site, something must be up.

Wandy vs. Chael, grudge match, get it done Dana!
Seoul Brother- October 4, 2010 at 11:05 am
@Almost North: It ain't just you, brother. I use Opera as my default browser, and it's friggin' fast...except today on CP.Still waiting to find out what the Hell is going on with that Break Panel sign up stuff too.
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