(Our last hope? Photo courtesy of Fight! Magazine.)
By CagePotato contributor Matt Kaplan
Chael Sonnen is many things: top UFC middleweight contender, hopeful Oregon state rep, realtor, quote generator. An Anderson Silva fan, though, he is not. After thrashing Nate Marquardt at UFC 109, Sonnen is next in line to take on what he sees as an “insignificant” champion in Silva, who, despite his best efforts, “couldn’t” finish Demian Maia at UFC 112. Ladies and gentlemen, Chael Sonnen…
CAGEPOTATO.COM: Were you at all rubbed the wrong way by Anderson Silva’s fight against Demian Maia at UFC 112?
CHAEL SONNEN: No, I did my level best to watch the fight, but just couldn’t get through it.
Dana White was effusively apologetic after the fight. Do you think Silva owes anyone an apology? Would it even make a difference?
He is insignificant, really. Nobody cares about him. They never have. If BJ wasn’t on that card, that arena would have been a ghost town.
Did you see anything in that fight that made you even more confident in your chances at beating Silva?
No, he was dominant over a tough guy, impressive in ways.
What impressed you about Silva’s performance?
He is accurate and moves well.
Why do you think he didn’t put away Maia, whom he clearly outclassed in the stand-up game?
He couldn’t, Maia was too tough.
Did you perceive the goading, motioning, shouting by Silva to be showmanship or disrespect? Or perhaps a little bit of both?
Look, I’m not a gang banger. I don’t talk about “respect.” That term is for street thugs, not me.
Do you feel that Maia should have been fighting for the title?
Sure, Maia is awesome.
What will you bring to the cage that Silva will struggle with?
I expect him to hit me, and I expect it to hurt. I just don’t care.
Georges St-Pierre was cageside, and many felt that a GSP-Silva fight at 170 lbs. was likely to follow. How do you feel about that potential fight?
I’d like to see it. GSP is fun.
What are MMA fans guaranteed to see from you when you fight for the title?
A fight. There is nothing in my background to make you think I will run, dance, or hide.
Finally, aside from your fighting skills, what do you think will make you a great MMA champion?