Nogueira on Sonnen: Anderson will beat him like a childPosted on July 8, 2010, 02:03 AM by Joey Santosus
On August 7th in Oakland, California, UFC 117 will be headlined by the middleweight championship bout between current division champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva and number one contender Chael Sonnen. While a little pre-fight banter has come to be expected, never before has it remained such a one-sided affair.
During a June UFC Fight Club Q&A it became apparent that not even "The Spider's" Black House training partners would be spared:
“He’s got a black belt under the Nogueiras,” Sonnen said of Silva. “I think a black belt under the Nogueiras is saying, like, ‘I got a free toy in my Happy Meal.’ I don’t really understand what the big deal is. One of ’em’s a punching bag, and the other one I just ignore; he’s really irrelevant.”
The Nogueira brothers are generally held in high regard within the mixed martial arts community. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion, while the younger of the two brothers Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, is currently one of the top-ten ranked light-heavyweights in the world.
While Silva has remained mostly silent, Rogerio has recently spoke out in regards to Sonnen's comments: “I think he's just talking nonsense,” Rogerio said. “He is not even a real challenger to Anderson. I think other fighters have done much more in the division, such as Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, whom he won against, Demian Maia, who played with him like a child, and Vitor Belfort. He is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. He will take a beating from Anderson, who will beat him like a child, will beat his ass and will shut his mouth.”
Rogerio believes that Sonnen has resorted to mind games, but feels Sonnen knows his place:
“He knows Anderson will beat him and he is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame, knowing that it will end,” Rogerio said. “He has no qualifications to compete for the belt -- that's the truth. He doesn’t have good boxing or ground, only good wrestling.”
While some suspect Silva's silence is due to his UFC 112 outing that resulted in a displeased Dana White, Rogerio attributes it to confidence:
“Anderson is on another level,” Rogerio said. “He is not worried. He knows that the guy is doing it for attention. He hopes that Anderson will lose his control and blow up. It’s the only chance he has since Anderson is technically much better than him.”