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Wanderlei Silva Tells Chael Sonnen to Watch His Mouth When Talking About Brazil


(Video courtesy YouTube/WandFightTeam)

*Editor’s note: Turn down your volume before pressing play or Burt Watson will scare the shit out of you.

If you’ve never watched any of the episodes from Wanderlei Silva‘s video blog series, you’re missing out. It gives a rare and uncut glimpse into Wand’s life and his thoughts on the sport and his career.

The latest one takes place during the pre-fight media blitz ahead of Ultimate Fight Night 22 in Texas last week, but the best part is something that happened behind the scenes during a limo ride from one event to another. At around the 3:53 mark the usually quiet and cordial in person "The Axe Murderer" confronts Chael Sonnen about his recent bashing of Brazilian MMA luminaries Antonio Rogerio and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira when he said that earning a black belt from the two is like getting a Happy Meal toy from MacDonald’s.


"I’m thinking. You sell the fight, you make a promotion, it’s good, but you need to be careful talking about some things, like Brazil. You’re talking bad things about Brazil," Silva said, seeming to channel Don Corleone. "You don’t know Brazil. When You’re something you don’t know, you need to respect that thing."

"Sure. That’s not totally true," Sonnen replied with a smirk. "I’ve been to Brazil, actually."

That’s like me saying I know about construction because I’ve been to Home Depot.

Silva sees it the same way.

"No, no, you’ve been to Brazil, but I am Brazilian. Like you’ve been talking about the Nogueira brothers. These guys are the history of the sport; we need to respect these guys. You challenging him is okay. You know. One to one, you know? The promotion is good, but you need to respect some things," Silva asserted, obviously a bit more irritated with Sonnen’s smugness. "These guys need respect; and the country, you know? We need to have a good conduct about that. Okay? Don’t do that anymore, because that’s danger, no?"

"Sure, " Sonnen replied half-heartedly."

"In Brazil we have a saying: ‘You have respect, you don’t lose your teeth.’ In Brazil we say that," Wand said matter-of-factly without breaking his gaze on Chael, who looks like he wants out of the car. "Give respect, because we don’t know about the future, no?"

"Sure. Thank-you," Chael replied before Jennifer Wenk, the UFC’s director of PR intervened and told them to get along.

Considering Chael’s answer when I asked him a few moths before his fight with Nate Marquardt if Team Quest got the respect it deserved, he likely had to bite his tongue to not tell Silva what he thought about the word "respect."

Here’s the classic Chael line from the interview I did for MMA Authority Magazine:

"I don’t even know what respect means. Some dirtbag came u with that word when I was in junior high – some high school dropout – and now we’ve got kids killing each other citing a lack of respect as a motive. I don’t care anything about respect, whether I get it or give it."

It doesn’t look like he took any of Wanderlei’s advice to heart since he gave this backstage interview after his UFN 22 UFC Fight Club Q&A and not only questioned the legitimacy of Big Nog’s injury that forced him out of the bout with Mir, but also took a shot at "The Axe Murderer’s" record when dissing Nogueira’s replacement, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic:


(Video courtesy YouTube/Fighters Only)

Here’s what he said about Wand, which is a far cry from his sedate, replies he gave him in the car in the video earlier.

"Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva are the only two guys to ever headline UFCs with the most atrocious records in the UFC. Cro Cop and Wanderlei are these anomalies. They sell out, they’ve got a ton of fans and their atrociously bad records. So, you got Frank Mir — multiple time world champion. What are you gonna put on Cro Cop’s side? He won some fights in Japan that nobody cared about in a company that went under."

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Fight Fan- September 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Way past his prime but will always be entertaining to watch. Class act, that Silva.
disastras- September 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm
Agree with BossNasty. Wandy wasn't saying I'd have a gentleman's duel with you in the octagon and hopefully knock your teeth loose, sir. He's saying, "Look, motherfuc?er, you don't come to Brazil with that attitude or you're going to die a fiery death with car tires put around your body and then lit on fire. Plus, we'll probably beat your charred and smoking corpse til your teeth fall out. Then, I'll skull fu?k the hole that used to be your mouth." At least that's what his mumbled Engrish sounded like to me. Ha. He's one scary looking "cripple", especially in a car where a takedown is worthless and Jake Shields errr.. Chael... punches like Ralphie on A Christmas Story. Rassafrackin!
BossNasty- September 24, 2010 at 11:05 am
What Armfarmer fails to realize is that there is a referee in the cage and rules. In the car there's no one to save your ass. You would fight wanderlei while he's on crutches and pull some bitch move like sue him for fuckin you up. Also I'm pretty sure that watch your mouth no matter what language, dialect, or accent is universal. Show respect or lose your teeth doesn't have to be put in to words. Sonnen knew Silva told him to watch is fuckin mouth talking about his home town.
Elentius- September 24, 2010 at 9:51 am
I really like Wandy. I do think he is cool and all, but Chael would put him down and waste him. If he punched Chael in the face in the car then that would be a different story. I think Chael would win an MMA fight against Wandy at any weight though.
ArmFarmer- September 24, 2010 at 8:52 am
Yeah the guy just fought Anderson Silva for 23 minutes straight and showed no fear, but an old bald cripple has him shitting his pants. Right. I doubt a guy like Sonnen is very easily intimidated, plus I'd put money on Sonnen if they fought anyway. Sorry guys, you're all blowing it outa proportion. They are professionals, they are in a fucking car, they are going to see their boss, one of them is using crutches.. what do you want sonnen to do jump in the back seat and beat his ass? Give me a break.. he wasn't scared, homies. He just didn't understand what the fuck Wandy was saying.

Oh and by the way, I'd fight wanderlei.. pussies.
Stak40- September 24, 2010 at 8:49 am
What we didnt see was Armfarmer in the Video. 3:56 in the video you can kind of see the back of his head in Sonnens lap!
Loretta Cunt- September 24, 2010 at 8:24 am
thanks guys for the props on my analogy if i could only remember where i stole it from
Stak40- September 24, 2010 at 8:22 am
Agent

If Wandy began talking about "Respect and Brazil" and then somewhere down the line you heard "Respect and teeth" dont you think you would have gotten the picture?
agentsmith- September 24, 2010 at 8:12 am
Christ, in that second clip Sonnen acts like he's delivering a monologue on a late night talk show. Somebody's seriously over-writing their "jokes".
agentsmith- September 24, 2010 at 8:08 am
In Chael's defense, he probably couldn't understand half of what Wandy was saying. Especially the part about "have respect and you won't lose your teeth"... if not for the subtitles I would've understood "respect" and "teeth" and a bunch of mumbling in between.
doowm- September 24, 2010 at 7:52 am
Makes the ol' 'aint no fun when the rabbit's got the gun' phrase come to mind!Hhow awesome would it have been if Wandy flinched at Chael and made him REALLY shit his pants. What a puss! I hate ppl like that who show their true colors when 'the shit goes down'!!
Stak40- September 24, 2010 at 6:36 am
Oh yeah, bobcat, phone booth. I digs, give Loretta a T!
Stak40- September 24, 2010 at 6:35 am
Ah hahahahahaha! Wandy punked the shit out of Sonnen. Yall are right though. He did that shit truly gangsta. No need for yelling and talking all crazy. His reputation for being of fucking monster did most of the speaking for him.
rlh61- September 24, 2010 at 6:31 am
Two saying were just committed to my memory bank...one about respect and keeping your teeth....and one about fucking a bobcat in a phone booth...those are instant fucking classics!

Of course, I'll probably be drunk when I try to use them and fuck them both up. I'll ramble something about fucking Wandi's bobcat in a phone booth after removing it's teeth...ah, I can't wait.
Jersey Shua- September 24, 2010 at 6:26 am
There are without a doubt some frontrunners for comment of the month for this article. Wandy is the man.
shitbag- September 24, 2010 at 5:57 am
Ok, I'm back to hating Chael 100% for good now. Fuck you Chael, I don't have any respect for anything either, I think his whole life is a fucking mcdonalds happy meal. Put him in there against wanderlei, that son of a bitch will eat him alive. Wanderlei would probably be the worst style match-up for Sonnen. Wandy is aggressive, like Marquardt, but much obviously better than marquardt, he'll be tougher to get to the ground, and will create opportunities rather than wait for them like Silva.

Either way I'd like to take a giant shit on Chael Sonnen's face.
J_Spice- September 24, 2010 at 5:47 am
This video honestly made ME feel like i was about to get beat up. I can only imagine how Chael felt.

I bet thats why Chael failed his drug test. Wandy was so close to him and so angry that everyone in that car grew more hair on there balls. including the girl.
dogpt3- September 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm
Chaels the guy who get you real annoyed then threatens to sue when you blow up. . Talking shit about the Nogs is definitely offsides, fuck big nog will fight blind and with the flu. I bet Dana put them in a Van together just to test his character. Wandy is a gladiator, he just wants to fight. You see the respect he has for Dana because of the doors he's opened for fighters of his stature? Wandy would be paying to fight if that was his only option.
disastras- September 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm
Bastardizing judo? Ha. Much like America still belonging to Britain. Even if you did make a good point somewhere in your post, all your credibility is lost in the end... but you didn't.
mt59801- September 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm
I still want a pride/UFC/WEC grand prix. Split these guys into 3 teams according to which organization they started with and let them go until there's one winner, open weight classes, multiple fights in a night etc. . Winner takes home the triple crown grand prix belt.

As for brazil, when a Brazilian uses one of those fancy "locks" is it called a helio?, a gracie? Nope it's called a KIMURA for a reason. Helio Gracie invited master Kimura to teach in brazil so the signature BJJ move came from a traditional Japanese Judoka. So do you respect the brazillian arts and practioners or just give them props for bastardizing judo?
Under Banga- September 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm
Great post ! Vandy shows class. Sonnen sucks arse ! Pulled his head in when called out , visiting a country does not qualify one to critisize that country imo .
Dana an Obama wtf!
Heal well Vand ! Sonnen v Vandy ; make it happen Dana !
Banga
vaicavalo- September 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm
hahah respeito é bom e conserva os dentes

it is exactly it what wand tried to say, but it's very hard to speak english and suddenly change to portuguese hehehe
fatbellyfrank- September 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm
Is it just me or does anyone else think that every time theres a story about Sonnen or he opens his mouth his standing and reputation go further and further down the shitter, he is a serious pain in the fucken ass, typical smug cunt real estate agent, and Loretta Cunt, thats a fucken beautiful analogy, one of the best I've heard for a while
Mikey G- September 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Wandy you are a legend - Sonnen you are a pussy!!!
DazedNConfused- September 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm
So you got some nice fake teeth then Fried Taco? haha.
Seriously though if Wandy or someone of his type said that to me I doubt i'd act much differently. Gotta love Wandy, what a class act. No pussy in that guy that's for sure, he's just straight up, but still somehow does it in a nice way.
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