Chael Sonnen: Anderson Silva is a fake number one, just like Tyson wasPosted on June 29, 2012, 12:42 PM by Anton Gurevich
Number one contender for the UFC Middleweight title, Chael Sonnen, once again compared between the reigning champion Anderson Silva and Mike Tyson, claiming that both fighters never faced a real competition. Sonnen continued to accuse Anderson Silva of ducking him for six years, but still admitted that UFC 148 main event bout with "The Spider" is a lifetime work that comes down to five rounds:
“I like to say I’ve waited my whole life. I’ve been in sports forever and I’ve always tried to, if I wasn’t trying to be an Olympic Gold medalist, I was trying to be a World Champion so this is the opportunity and this guy specifically, we competed a couple of years ago so I’ve waited two years just for the opportunity so it’s really a life’s work that’s going to come down to five rounds.
It was very hard to get the initial match. I’ve been calling this guy out for six years. They told us for years when I was growing up that Mike Tyson was the best in the world. The truth was he wasn’t even the best in the country. He never made a world or Olympic team and he could never beat Evander Holyfield who lived two states over. They just kept him away from him and lied to the entire planet and told them he was the best when he wasn’t. It’s a lot like that with Anderson. I’ve been telling him for six years I’m the best but he’s got to hold onto the championship. They kept putting obstacles in front of me and I kept having to go through them. That’s just the way it goes. I’m not complaining about that but that’s been my path to him and he ducked and dodged as best he could but he’s narrowed down now." - Listen to Chael Sonnen on 750 the Game in Portland here
Despite having what seemed like a routine interview, the self-proclaimed People's Champion stormed out of the call after refusing to discuss an uncomfortable topic (yes, money laundering conviction) mentioned by the host - John Canzano.
Back in 2011, Chael Sonnen pled guilty to money laundering in connection with mortgage fraud. After agreeing to co-operate with the investigation, Sonnen received a $10,000 fine, got his real estate license revoked, and sentenced to two years probation.