Anderson Silva responds to Chael Sonnen's "Anti-Brazil Campaign"Posted on July 11, 2011, 06:36 PM by Joey Santosus
"Man, what can I say about him? All of us, as Brazilians, get upset by his attitudes. We respect Americans, Japanese; we respect everybody. We have a tradition in this sport dating back many years and it’s sad to see people not respecting that. But if they don’t respect you in one way, they will in another. We’ll show our hegemony, our strength and heart in another way. Unfortunately, there are people living in the first world who aren't all that evolved. We have to show our intelligence, take in the good and filter out the bad." - For complete interview, visit GracieMag.com
Chael Sonnen appears to have launched a full scale verbal assault on anything that is Brazilian over the past year, taking shots at everything from the country's fighters to its general culture. And while native competitors such as Wanderlei Silva have warned Sonnen about the pitfalls of taking such a stance against the birth place of mixed martial arts, it seems fellow countryman Anderson Silva prefers to let actions speak for themselves.
Of course, he could be referring to his last minute submission win over the Team Quest fighter back at UFC 117. Sonnen used his customary wrestling-heavy style to smother "The Spider" for much of their five-round affair - key word being "much." But, with just 110 seconds remaining on the clock, Silva latched on a fight-ending triangle-armbar combination to steal the victory and retain the Middleweight strap.
Though Sonnen's career has been anything but smooth-sailing in the time since, he was recently cleared to return to action and is now scheduled to square off with rapidly-rising contender Brian Stann in October. If victorious, Sonnen will likely find himself in line for another crack at UFC gold. Whether or not he'll be staring across the cage at Silva again, however, will depend entirely on the outcome of the champ's UFC 134 title defense against Yushin Okami.