UFC Middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen gave a star performance during the UFC 117 Media Conference Call, which was highlighted by Anderson Silva's one-word answers. More than that, at some point Ed Soares stepped in to answer questions instead of his client. The peak of the event was when Silva declared that the only change in his preparations was training with Steven Seagal, forcing Chael Sonnen to interfere and call him "a dummy who doesn't know how to promote a fight".
The war of words between the two camps will continue until August 7th, when the two warriors will step inside the Octagon to battle for the UFC Middleweight gold. Here's some of the main things said at the conference call, summarized by MMAMania.com:
Chael Sonnen: "Anderson has a lot of tools. I don't see a glaring weakness anywhere. I might look at tape this week."
Sonnen: "I'm the toughest guy in the company. There has never been a guy with earrings that can out-tough me and he's not gonna be the first."
Sonnen: "There are a lot of distractions for this fight. But if you're in the main event that's how it should be. You should have to answer a lot of questions about the fight and if you notice, all the questions are coming to me. I'm a partner with the UFC, he's an employee. People want to talk to me because I give coherent answers unlike my opponent who's on speaker phone somewhere driving in his car giving 'yes' and 'no' answers."
Silva: "Dana can say what he wants to say," regarding cutting him with another poor performance.
Sonnen: "I make all my comments with my political future in mind. I received 96.3 percent of the vote. I'm wildly popular."
Silva on whether he is tired with the whole media process in the lead up to the fight, "No."
Silva: "No, I'm not concerned about Sonnen's wrestling. I didn't have a problem with Dan Henderson and he was one of the best wrestlers around."
Silva on future fights, "I'm only thinking about my fight next week."
Sonnen on who he would want to fight should he win, "I think Vitor Belfort is in line next. That's not really who i would want to fight. I have a guy in mind and I'll challenge him on the night of the 7th."
Sonnen on why he dislikes Silva so much, "I've never had a problem with what he does in the cage. I don't believe in sportsmanship and honor. It's a fight. I just don't like him. I don't have to have a reason, not everybody can like everybody. I'm going to got out there and take his belt on the 7th and Dana's gonna fire him on the 8th."
Silva said he's very excited about the atmosphere in the arena regarding the Brazil vs. U.S. match-ups.
Sonnen on the U.S. vs. Brazil match-ups, "I don't think it'll be too different. American fans aren't real biased. We just like whoever we like as opposed to other countries who are more loyal."
Sonnen: "I don't think Anderson has any fans. He's the only guy in the world that has been a champion for 4 years and only has one sponsor. Nobody wants to associate themselves with him. Nobody wants to dress like him or be like him. I, on the other hand, have numerous sponsors who do very well. That should tell you all you need to know about his popularity."
Sonnen: "Representing Oregon gives me a lot of motivation."
Sonnen: "Anderson has been picking his fights for years. He fought a Math teacher from Ohio and a one-legged Canadian. Things will be drastically different for him when he fights a world-class wrestler like myself."
Silva on whether he cares about fans booing him, "Fans are fans. They're cheering one minute and booing the next. Fans don't really understand what's happening in the cage. I don't blame them.
Steve Cofieled captured the best moment of the presser at the 4:38 minutes mark: