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Report: Chael Sonnen Sucker-Punched While Fighting With Wanderlei Silva on ‘TUF Brazil 3′ Set

(Yep. True professionals limit their smashing to reality-show sets. )

The UFC held a media lunch yesterday to promote UFC 169, and although the proceedings were nearly derailed by a rogue reporter named T.J. Simers who called “bullshit” on pretty much everything Dana White said, the UFC president was able to get in one bit of interesting info: TUF Brazil 3 coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva got into an actual fight on the set yesterday.

According to second-hand accounts, the fight started when Silva — perhaps enraged by a recent tweet — took a swing at Sonnen, who then shot in and took Wandy down. As they scuffled on the floor, a member of Team Wanderlei clocked Sonnen in the head. That last detail was confirmed by Dana himself:

“While they were fighting, one of Wanderlei’s guys sucker punched Chael. It went on for a while.”

Of course, this might be the best publicity possible for TUF Brazil 3, which you probably won’t watch because it’ll air on Fight Pass. As White put it:

It’s on a reality show; it’s good and it’s bad,” said White. “A fight didn’t need to break out between these two for people to be excited about this fight (after the show), because these two have been at each other’s throats.

Though Sonnen or Silva haven’t released any public statements about the incident yet, Sonnen recently shot a promo for TUF Brazil 3 where he described the unique experience of shooting a reality show with the Axe Murderer:


Video: Frankie Edgar’s First MMA Bout

(Video courtesy of YouTube/readysteadyriot)

Frankie Edgar’s overall fight game has come a long way since his MMA debut six years ago against a dude who looked a lot like DJ Pauly D.

The UFC lightweight champion competed for the first time on July 10, 2005 when he defeated Eric Uresk via first-round TKO at Underground Combat League’s UCE: Revelations Chapter 2 event held at the Jerome Boxing Club in The Bronx, NY. The show was unsanctioned as MMA was illegal in the State at the time (as it is today), so the fight does not appear on “The Answer’s” official MMA record. Edgar would win his next eight pro bouts until his undefeated streak was brought to a halt by Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon on April 2, 2008. He will have his second opportunity to avenge his only loss Saturday when he squares off with Maynard for the third time at UFC 136.