Ed Soares has a good choice of words for Chael SonnenPosted on July 7, 2010, 03:47 PM by David Saucier
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Chael Sonnen 24-10-1 will challenge Anderson Silva 26-4 for his middleweight title at UFC 117 on August 7th in Oakland California. While Silva’s camp has remained relatively calm and quiet about this noise from Chael, Ed Soares spoke out today on MMAjunkie.com Radio, saying that they don’t take offense to Chael’s verbal attacks:
"As far as Chael talking all the crap that he's talking, hey, Chael kind of struck a nerve that people are paying attention to," Soares said. "Unfortunately, before he started talking about Anderson, no one really paid attention to Chael. Now that he talks about Anderson, people are paying attention to him. God bless him. Good. Keep talking.
A lot of people talk about Anderson Silva. A lot of people talk about what they're going to do to him. This isn't the first time, and I'm sure it's not going to be the last time people say what they're going to do to Anderson Silva once they get in the ring. That's great. Before the fight, everyone has a mouth, and you can say what you want. But for some strange reason, when the octagon door closes, and you're standing across from Anderson Silva, a lot of those things that you're saying kind of go right out the door.
Maybe Chael's got a different strategy or something different, but I think it's going to end up like the rest of the people who have talked about it," Soares said. "Chael said he's going to put him on his back – [Anderson] has never fought a fighter like that. Well, maybe he hasn't fought an exact fighter like Chael, but he's fought some great wrestlers such as Dan Henderson, and he submitted him.”
“The truth of the matter is I can guarantee you that Chael has never fought a guy like Anderson Silva. Never. Not even close. He can talk all he wants. Let's just keep promoting this fight, and on Aug. 7, we'll see who walks out with the belt."
“To be honest with you, I actually like Chael," Soares said. "He's always been really cool, but he's taking this thing really personal. That's OK. Whatever he's got to do to get in his mind to motivate him to really want to fight Anderson.
At the end of the day, he should ask himself – when he stands up, he should wake up in the morning and go into his bathroom and look in the mirror and say, 'Do I really, really believe that?' Because if you do, congratulations, but I don't think he really believes what he's saying. I think he's just getting caught up, and he's convincing himself that this is what it's going to take for him to beat Anderson Silva."
Silva has 11 consecutive wins inside the octagon, and remains a heavy favorite for this title bout according to the odds makers. Ed also went on to say
"Hey, a fight's a fight, and anything can happen," "Good luck to Chael. I like Chael. He's not a bad guy. He's promoting the fight. If he's got to make this personal to get him motivated to fight, I want to see Chael.
"I want Chael to be the best Chael he's ever been because I know Anderson is going to be, and that way there's no excuses. May the best man win."
This is expected to be Silva’s biggest test against the Olympic level Greco Roman wrestler with a gas tank that seems to never end. Which may be the deciding factor as Silva’s gas tank has been called into question in the past. Many are expecting Silva to return to his “old form” in devastating his opponents. We will just have to wait, and see.