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Is Sonnen in Silva’s Head?

(Video courtesy YouTube/ProMMARadio) 

Apparently Anderson Silva is fed up with Chael Sonnen‘s pre-fight posturing and he wants his Team Quest opponent to lay off.

In the above interview with Pro MMA Radio, Sonnen recalls a tense situation that occurred at this weekend’s UFC Fan Expo in which Silva approached him to tell him to "relax."

Sonnen said that he told the UFC middleweight champ, who seemed frustrated by the amount of autographs he had to sign for fans at the event, that "in two months, he wouldn’t have to sign any more because nobody will care about him again." Apparently Sonnen’s remark was lost in translation at the time, but when one of Anderson’s entourage later informed the Brazilian fighter what was actually said, he decided to seek Chael out and tell him to lay off.

It’s starting to seem like Chael is getting inside Anderson’s head, possibly exposing a chink in his seemingly impenetrable armor, which is likely his plan since "The Spider" has never shown any mental weakness in the past.
He’s never faced a master of verbal warfare like Sonnen, either, so it should be interesting to see what happens on August 7 at UFC 117 when the pair finally lock horns.

Let’s look back on some of the missiles he has launched in Silva’s direction thus far:

"A.S. Your run is T- 70 days. I’m not a math teacher from Ohio, I’m a gangster from Oregon. Talk is cheap, it takes money to buy whiskey."

"Anderson, you are going to be on your back more than a pornstar with a mortgage."

"I would imagine, who knows what Anderson’s doing. At the end of the day, who cares. If he wants to leave the division, leave the sport, who cares. Beat it, nobody tunes in to watch him anyways, and his little fake ‘I don’t speak English. You want me to let you in on a secret, Anderson Silva speaks perfect English. He just has such a low amount of respect for you and all the rest of the media that he pretends he doesn’t."

"He’s a grown man with earrings. He’s a grown man with saggy pants, pink t-shirts and crooked hats. Go join a gang, don’t get in the UFC. People don’t care about him. He came out and said he’s gonna go heavyweight, no one cared. So he comes out and says well ‘I’m gonna go light heavyweight,’ no one cared. ‘Well I’m gonna retire.’ Good! Beat it, this is back page news, no one cares about you anyway. ‘Well I’m not gonna retire I’m gonna stick around.’ Or do that. Again, it doesn’t really matter, you’re a nuisance. So who cares, they go make the little action figures and the two little kids that bought em, are probably pretty upset, their parents probably thought it was Quinton Jackson when they bought it for them and the kids had a disappointing Christmas I would imagine. That’s a big difference. I became the number one contender on February and February 7 he sent out a press release as to why he shouldn’t have to fight me. On August 7 he will fight me. I stand here of my own free will. He stands here because Uncle Dana is making him."

“I signed my contract and sent it in six minutes after it hit my fax machine. He’s been hanging on to (his contract) for 10 days and hasn’t signed it yet,” said Sonnen. “I’ll be fighting August 7 against somebody. I’m presuming it’s him, but again, he’s had it for 10 days. I don’t know if fax machines aren’t working in Brazil or what the holdup is.”

Hopefully the fight lives up to the hype Chael is creating for it.

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Gerald Cowherd- February 13, 2011 at 2:45 am
Lol! Have a look at what I discovered in relation to Diaz and everyone born on August 1st leap or August 2nd common years: “A large target audience stirs up specific feelings and sensations in August 2nd born man, in particular a female target audience. In this situation he can totally unstoppably and tirelessly keep presenting him self as amazing as well as exceptional. Naturally, his absolute goal is always to allure, to concur. And that he really does successfully. He'll appear as an interesting person to girls. He has absolutely no limits.” birthdate - Catalog of human population (chp)
Komodo- June 1, 2010 at 11:55 am
It's weird to feel unexcited about a Silva fight. Fingers crossed that it won't be another dance-off.
Savageleto- June 1, 2010 at 11:24 am
If Maia is not in the same class as Anderson.... Then WTF is Sonnen??

Maia kicked the shit out of Sonnen and slammed him on his fucking head directly into a Triangle...

Anderson is going to utterly murder Sonnen.. and that imo is a good thing.

Charming Charlie- June 1, 2010 at 11:20 am
I predict Sonnen is going to have a well-spoken post-fight speech.
Savageleto- June 1, 2010 at 11:16 am
What a douche...

Anderson, destroy.... because this dude is seriously disrespecting you...unlike Damien.
bryndy- June 1, 2010 at 8:57 am
Don't fighters get a percentage of the pay-per view buys? If so, he is doing a good job of selling it. I was 100% sure that I would not buy this one-heck, I wouldn't even go to a friends house to watch it for free. However, I am now 95% sure I won't buy it.

Does anyone really think Chael stands a chance against him? Five of his last six fights have been won by decision so I don't think he is going to finish A.S. I would love nothing more than to see him knock A.S. out but I am not going to hold my breath.
DazedNConfused- June 1, 2010 at 8:16 am
Sonnen by GNP and lay and pray? fuck that. If he tries laying on anderson for longer than 1 round he'll get traingled. Done and done.
Gregm412- June 1, 2010 at 7:04 am
You might be able to get away with all that shit talking in politics, but over here you will get your ass kicked, and Anderson will get paid for it.
Nealio- June 1, 2010 at 6:26 am
I love how Anderson Silva of all people (the guy who disrespects more people than anyone in the Octagon, and says ridiculous shit about his competitors after his fights) thinks Sonnen should lay off the talk.
And I think its hilarious that people think Sonnen is going to get murdered. Damien Maia SHOULD have been murdered since he's not even in the same class as Silva, yet we got a 2 round fight (shoved into a 5 round package) where nobody hit anyone. Fucking embarassing. If history has shown us anything its that Anderson Silva can KTFO anyone who comes in with their guns blazing, but any other behavior from his opponents leaves his frustrated and without any offense..
Sonnen by L&P with a sprinkling of G&P. And I don't even like Sonnen. I think he's a retard, but he amuses me with his verbal jujitsu that apparently The Spider can't defend against.
fatbellyfrank- June 1, 2010 at 3:35 am
I just hope that Silva comes out fit, focused and aggressive. I would also like to see Silva use all his skills and remind/open eyes of the MMA fraternity exactly how fucken bad ass he can actually be.
It would be fucken awesome to have people only talking about how awesome Silva was in the cage after the event
Really awesomely awesome Mofo's, I think I'm drunk again
Shaky- June 1, 2010 at 1:51 am
I can't stand Sonnen, he's the the type of American that is a punchline to the world's jokes. All he does is work inside the guard, no transitions, nothing. To be honest, I'd rather watch Anderson Silva dancing than Chael Sonnen fighting (is it fighting?) and it's not that I don't like wrestlers or anything. At least when Silva is being a douchebag he throws some fancy, gif-worthy strikes. Also, how can Sonnen bag of BJJ guys for being gay when he is happy to lay in between their legs. I just don't get it and I just don't get why people love this guy so much.
TheMadness- May 31, 2010 at 10:31 pm
For all the people writing Chael off, you're forgetting one thing: Silva is terrified of the ground. He submitted a gassed Hendo, sure, but he didn't want shit to do with either Leites or Maia as soon as their backs were on the mat, and his gas tank was dubious in his last fight. Sonnen will not stand with Silva if he has an intelligent cell in his brain, but this isn't 3 rounds, so chances are good that Sonnen will get caught before the final bell.
fACE7biter- May 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm
One thing to consider before you write Chael off is that he's only lost by submission, never been knocked out. Yes he has 2 TKOs due to a cut and a doctor stoppage(which may or may not have been like a knockout), but it still says something about his ability to take punishment. And anyone who says Nate Marquardt didn't have a scratch on him wasn't watching the same fight I was. Nate looked beat up and tired as hell throughout the fight. I think Chael is getting better, and his gas tank is never ending. I think if he can keep Silva on the ground, he may just be able to neutralize his striking and BJJ all together. And personally, i love thats he's pissing Anderson off. The guys a cunt, and he can't take a little ribbing. I hope Chael kills him.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm
Kale better hope he gets his guard-hump on quick or he's gonna be a vegetable after this fight.
AndyInflammatory- May 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm
If you think Sonnen believes his own words then you're crazy - he's a shit-talking machine and the stuff he comes out with is a hundred times more entertaining than any of that blabber between Rampage and Evans.

People arent appreciating the genius in what he says.

Seoul Brother- May 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm
@dranokills: Well said, sir. "Dancing fuck-monkey" indeed.
dranokills- May 31, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Have you taken a look at Sonnens record? I have, many times.
I just don't see why he talk the shit he talks. he has lost 10 times, and won 24 against some obscure fighters.
He tells everyone he is the bully in the back locker rooms, and that when he walks in the room fuckers better stop playing hip hop and start playing country.
Well I don't believe that horseshit for a second.
As much as I want to see Anderson " the dancing fuck-monkey" get his head handed to him....there's no way in blue hell its gonna be Sonnen who does it.
ccman- May 31, 2010 at 8:01 pm
@ dazed. Amen. This is a sport of fanboys and few realists with short memories unless fanboy kicks in then the years passing are easily forgotten. Few mma fans note todays reality. They love resumes or hate unconditionally.

Though your wrong in draggin political affiliation into an octagon.
ccman- May 31, 2010 at 7:54 pm
My newest observation..... a. Ton of the silva is beatable voices are the same who go apeshit if you suggest fedor is all hype these days. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
SocraticMethod- May 31, 2010 at 7:39 pm
According to Chael, nobody cares about Anderson. Yet Anderson was "frustrated" because he had to sign so many autographs.

According to Chael, Anderson speaks perfect English, but pretends not to because he hates the American media. Yet when Chael "dissed" Anderson, Silva didn't even know it, because it was "lost in translation."

Chael needs to do a better job making sure all shit talk jives.
DazedNConfused- May 31, 2010 at 7:10 pm
I don't get why Chael always talks the shit like he's some kind of top fighter with notable KO's or finishes. The bastard grinds his opponents and lays on them while giving subtle punches. Marquart barely had any scratches on him.

I know you guys are mad at Silva from his recent fights, but remember Silva has still finished (In very impressive fashion) Forrest Griffin, Travis Lutter, James Irvin, Dan Henderson, Nate Marquart, Rich Franklin x 2, and of course my favorite ass kicking, Chris Leban. Out of Silva's 26 wins only 7 are from decision (15KO's, 4 Subs).

Anderson Silva has tore down the UFC and kicked ass. He has fallen off the horse yes, but the man has some of the best skills I have ever seen. A weird shit talking white republican like Chael Sonnen won't be the one to take this monster out of the UFC.

I respect Chael trying something new and shit talking; maybe it's something Anderson needs to be "reborn," but I am very surprised by many of the posters talking about Silva like he's actually going to lose to Sonnen. HA. I hope it wakes Silva up. But I don't want a boring fighter like Sonnen anywhere in the upper echelon of the UFC.

Sonnen is 24-10. With 14 boring dicksucking decisions. Im willing to bet the KO's/Subs were just as boring and simply included his opponents getting tired of him dickriding them to another decision.
Kayblade- May 31, 2010 at 7:03 pm
Saying that Sonnen is in Silva's head is assuming a little too much. Digging for a story?
budsellers- May 31, 2010 at 6:56 pm
chael is not actually a good trash talker. he is better than most mma fighters, but several posters on this site could make him laugh at his own mama.
Keyser Soze- May 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm
How was Silva "close" to losing? Yes, he was on his back, but he wasn't taking much damage and striking from the bottom. He was in a less than ideal position against a wrestler, but didn't take any damage. And he won. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Silva vs. Leben, Franklin, Marquart, Franklin, Irvin, Griffin, Henderson. Those were boring fights? Go watch K-1.

Sonnen wishes he had victories over half of the "who's who" list of competitors that Silva's fought.

What would happen if Sonnen tried to move up to LHW? One crushing defeat after another.
Takun- May 31, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Silva lost a round to hendo, in which hendo got him down did no damage what so ever and gassed himself out, hendo then proceded to get rocked in the face and then get RNC'd by the end of Rd2...but what I don't get is how is that Silva almost losing?