Chael Sonnen on Anderson Silva: “He’s the champion and I’m the best."Posted on April 28, 2010, 01:40 PM by Daniel Cassidy
At this stage, it's not really a surprise, but more of a case of: "what did he say this time?" but number 1 contender to Anderson Silva's Middleweight belt Chael Sonnen has again ran his mouth about the current champ, with perhaps his most outlandish claim yet, calling himself the best in the division. Sonnen, who holds an overal mma record of 24-10-1 (3-1 inside the octagon) will meet Silva at UFC 117, in Oakland, California.
Speaking to UFC.com, Sonnen said:
“You can watch him walk into a weigh in and the place is silent. He doesn’t endear his fans and he pretends he doesn’t understand them. He doesn’t embrace the media, he pretends he doesn’t understand ‘em… And yeah, I’ve had conversations with Anderson, and he was a gentlemen. He was a really nice guy. At the same time, look, he’s a grown man with earrings. He’s a grown man with saggy pants, pink t-shirts and crooked hats. Go join a gang. Don’t get in the UFC. So if you wanna hang out as a street thug, go do it. But if you get in my way, I’m gonna run right over ya.”
“He’s the champion and I’m the best. He’s the champion of the weight class, I’m the best fighter in the weight class. I acknowledge he’s champion, he must acknowledge I’m the best. There’s some reason why he’s trying not to do this fight.”
Sonnen earns his shot with notable unanimous decision victories over Dan Miller, Yushin Okami, and most recently Nate Marquardt. The champ on the other hand enters this fight with a perfect UFC record of 11-0-0, and an overall record of 26-4. He has held the belt since his first defeat of Rich Franklin on 14th of October 2006