Ed Soares says Sonnen will get his chance to show and provePosted on July 26, 2010, 03:12 AM by Joey Santosus
Over the past several months Chael Sonnen has waged a one-sided war of words on Middleweight Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva. While the king of the 185 pound division has remained the central focus of Sonnen's verbal shots, others have been caught in the cross-fire, such as Silva's manager Ed Soares.
While Sonnen has used every outlet at his disposal to continue his verbal onslaught, he has been met with little response from Silva or his manager. However speaking to MMAWeekly Raido, Soares did tell of one incident at the UFC Fan Expo in May, where he felt his boundaries were tested by the Oregon native.
"I was walking back to the hotel and Anderson was signing autographs for I don't know, there was maybe 15, 20 kids around and their parents, and there's a crowd around him," Soares explained. "Chael walked by completely by himself with his manager, and he says 'go ahead, sign all those things because in a couple months nobody's going to want your signature. Nobody's going to want that."
Many question whether these displays of hostility are genuine, or are the actions of an opportunistic challenger, merely attempting to get inside the champ's head. Either way, as Soares recently noted, with just under two weeks remaining until UFC 117, it will be put up or shut up time for the Team Quest fighter.
"No one paid attention to Chael Sonnen," said Soares. "Before he started talking about Anderson Silva, have you ever heard of his name in the headlines? No. So this is the only thing that's getting him publicity. Congratulations, he found something that's going to get him some attention. I guess we'll see on Aug. 7, that's what's going to be great."
The middleweight title match will go down on August 7th in Oakland, California at UFC 117