(“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."