Anderson Silva: Chael Sonnen is a gangster, not a fighterPosted on July 11, 2010, 04:32 PM by Daniel Cassidy
Enough is enough it seems, as UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has finally replied directly to Chael Sonnen's torrents of abuse. Despite having to endure weeks of Chael's taunts, The Spider has finally had hit back. Speaking directly to UFC.com, saying:
“I’m here because I beat up everybody who got in my way. I beat every champion there’s ever been except one and I’ve stuck my finger in his chest for four years and he wouldn’t fight me. He fought a one-legged Canadian, a math teacher from Ohio and a bunch of guys who weren’t even good enough to hold their spot in the company. His running is done, his 15 minutes of fame are up and I’m gonna bring it to an abrupt halt. Anderson Silva’s hurt a lot of people. A couple of those guys are my friends — and I don’t have a lot of friends. That bothers me a lot. It’s a payback thing, absolutely. Let’s get rid of this guy. Anderson Silva’s really the nuisance, he’s truly the problem, we’ve all had it with him. There’s one guy that wants to fight him and there’s one guy with the skills to beat him.”
Evidently this has finally struck a chord with the Champ, as he was quick to hit back with his thoughts about Sonnen:
“We’ll see. Chael as a fighter is a good politician. He thinks he knows something. He’s talking trash yet again. He’s not disrespecting me, he’s disrespecting every opponent I’ve ever faced.”
“You either want to be a fighter or a gangster. I chose to be a fighter. If I hadn’t, I’d be a policeman, so it would be a big problem. But I chose to be a fighter. Chael doesn’t know what he wants to be yet, he has to decide what he is. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and, as always, I’ll have a good fight. I’m going to show my technical superiority, like I always do.”
While this might not be near as much as anything Sonnen has thrown towards the Spider, it shows Chael's tactics of trying to get under his skin may finally be working. Up until now, Silva had remained quiet, refusing to be drawn into a war of words with the number one contender. This seems to be a major part of Sonnen's game plan, as he looks to crack the enigma and get inside his head.
Silva is currently undefeated since joining UFC and holds an unbelievable 10 straight wins, with 7 succesfull title defences. Only time will tell if Chael will force the Spider to crack under pressure, but it will surely be both fighters toughest test to date.
This bout will headline UFC 117 which will be held on August 7, 2010 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, United States.