(This face describes the situation better than any words truly can.)
We guess when you are able to knockout a guy in the most devastating fashion possible in front of millions of people, you can pretty much call him whatever you want to afterward. If you don’t believe us, just ask Chuck Liddell, or for that matter, UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva. After front kicking Vitor Belfort into hyper-sleep in the first round of their highly anticipated grudge match at UFC 126 and subsequently trouncing Yushin Okami at UFC 134, “The Spider” spent most of 2011 rehabbing his injured shoulder and judging nude body-painting contests like the boss that he truly is. When word got out that he would in fact be rematching world-renowned shit talker Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, the war of words began once again. And per usual, 99.9% of it came from the challenger.
But don’t let the completely falsified percentages fool you, the champ can talk trash with the best of them. Just check out the clip below, in which Anderson offers Wanderlei Silva a little bit of advice on “The Axe Murderer’s” opposing coach/upcoming opponent, Vitor Belfort, after Wanderlei brings it up. Apparently unaware that he still has a microphone on, Silva makes a mistake of Frank Drebian proportions, calling the Phenom “a coward” before realizing what he has done.
OUCH. Simple, yet effective; like a perfectly placed upkick to the jaw. OK, so maybe one is simpler than the other, but you get the point. Only a fighter as skilled as Silva can take kicking a man while he’s down to a whole new level. Then again, he’s already mastered kicking a man while he’s up, so maybe he’s just trying something new at this point.
On the strategic front, Anderson tells Wanderlei to keep coming forward if he wants to emerge victorious come UFC 147, which is akin to telling a rampaging bull to make sure and destroy everything within the boundaries of the fine Chinaware shop you just dropped him in.
On a side note, has anyone actually been watching the first international season of The Ultimate Fighter?