Dana White: I hardly convinced Anderson Silva to rematch Chael SonnenPosted on July 3, 2012, 10:58 AM by Anton Gurevich
Speaking exclusively to MMAjunkie.com, UFC President Dana White revealed about Anderson Silva's initial refusal to step inside the Octagon for the second time with Chael Sonnen. In fact, White admitted he had "to fight" the reigning UFC Middleweight champion in his room, just minutes before UFC 148 press conference in Brazil. Silva also didn't want to get on a media call with Chael Sonnen, which probably contributed to his famous "I'll break his teeth" threat:
"When we did the press conference down in Brazil, Silva hadn't even agreed to fight him. That fight wasn't happening. I had them bring Anderson to the place where the press conference was, and we sat in a room for three hours fighting about the fight.
(Silva wants to fight) anybody but Chael. He thinks Chael is disrespectful and doesn't deserve a shot at this title at all. So leading up to the press conference, it was delayed an hour because I was fighting with him in my room."
The Gangster from West Linn, Oregon, and The Spider will finally meet this Saturday, in what can be easily labeled as the most heated rivalry in MMA history. UFC 117 sold 600,000 PPVs, but according to White, UFC 148 could well go above one million buys.
Today's UFC 148 pre-fight press conference at Lagasse;s Stadium in The Palazzo Las Vegas is expected to provide more drama in the engoing saga between Sonnen and Silva.