Chael Sonnen is the toughest competition, both mentally and physically, that Anderson Silva has ever faced.
The must-see rematch unfolds next Saturday at UFC 148. Sonnen has talked and talked, allowing hype machine to drive the fight to an epic level.
The middleweight champ responded to Sonnen for the first time this week.
“I’m going to break his face and every tooth in his mouth,” Silva said of Sonnen through his interpreter and manager Ed Soares. “Playtime is over. There’s no more talking. I’m going to beat him out of the UFC.”
“It doesn’t matter if I’m on the bottom, side or top, Chael Sonnen is going to get his” rear “kicked like never before. I’m going to make sure his arms and legs are broken. The game’s over. No more … talking. It’s on now.
“I’m going to make him pay for everything he’s said about me, my family, my country. I’m going to beat him maybe like his parents should have to teach him some manners. I’ll teach him that myself.”
Sonnen has supreme confidence. He believes the crazy things he says. He believes that he is the best middleweight in the world. Sonnen talks in third person, taking douche to a new level. But unlike The Situation and Jersey Shore’s group of talentless drunkards, Sonnen is an entertaining douche.
He’s responsible for such gems as, “fighting Chael Sonnen is dangerous for your health.” An epic post-fight interview with Joe Rogan in which he asks Rogan a question. “What does it feel like to stand in the presence of greatness?”
I respect his mentality. It is highly delusional and unsustainable in the long run, however in the near term, it makes for a compelling fight with the world’s best fighter.
And Sonnen could win this fight. He believes that he should win this fight.
There is no wavering in his belief. There is no quivering in tight situations.
Silva defeated Yushin Okami before he stepped into the ring. Okami was ready to fold like a cheap suit as soon as he stepped into the Octagon.
When fighters say that they will beat Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones or Silva, only a select few believe it. Sonnen is one of those select few outsiders who thinks deserves a seat a the Championship table.
Sonnen is ready to fight and compete. If Silva wins, it’s because he is better than Sonnen.
Sonnen controlled the majority of the first fight, taking Silva down and keeping him there. Silva’s fans kept expecting him to take over and finish the fight. Silva finally delivered late in the fifth round with a submission victory.
Sonnen is the first fighter to keep Silva on his heels for long.
But can he do it for five rounds?