It's fairly safe to say, Chael Sonnen isn't the most popular person in Brazil at the moment. The outspoken, self proclaimed 'Peoples Champ' has made many Brazilian enemies over the past few years. It all started with him calling out Anderson Silva for the middleweight title back in the summer of 2010.
Sonnen was coming off a unanimous decision win against Nate Marquardt, which put him into the no. 1 contender spot at 185lbs. Sonnen used Twitter to bash Anderson Silva, his teammates and basically every Brazilian. Here are a few tweets Sonnen made:
-Greetings from Sao Paulo! I'm learning the language: breakdancing in the Special Olympics is called capoiera and cocaine is called brunch
-Brazil likes to boast that it's the power seat of MMA, yet it's so-called champions bow to the man behind "Under Siege 2."........ Classy.
-I could write a dissertation on this experience:"The Tragic Interplay of Delusion, Insecurity, and Incompetence: the Nog Brothers' Story".
During a press tour, for his rematch with Silva, in Rio De Janeiro 'The American Gangster' was electrocuted with a shock pen. Sonnen says he doesn't have a problem with being in Brazil to film the The Ultimate Fighter against rival Wanderlei Silva and he isn't worried about the possibility of being attacked. His mother, Claudia, however is very worried.
Speaking to Mano a Mano recently, Sonnen's mother pleaded with the Brazilian people not to let anyone hurt her son.
“I'm worried about his safety during filming there. I know you all are legal, decent people. My sister and her family received an exchange student from Brazil who has lived in her house when Chael was younger and they have shared many hours with each other."
"That said, it only takes one to ruin it...and I pray that you not allow someone to reach Chael in person. He is a great coach and is eager to help the young fighters as much as he can.”
Dana White has said that security will be very 'sophisticated' and that Sonnen will not be in any danger while filming the series. The security for Sonnen is currently being prepared, so is the date and schedule of the show. Do you think Chael will be in any danger while in Brazil?