Harsh words for Chael Sonnen from the former Pride FC champion Wanderlei Silva.
Sonnen, as well all know, reveres nothing and he has spent the last couple of years freely bashing Wanderlei, Brazil, Pride FC, Anderson Silva and more on the way to becoming one of the most talked-about personages in MMA today.
It is also widely known - or at least suspected - that Sonnen behind the scenes is different to Sonnen on-camera and that there is a certain amount of salesmanship going on with his controversial utterances. But that cuts no ice with Wanderlei - if you say something about him, that‚Äôs it, regardless of your intentions.
‚ÄúHe fights with his mouth. He‚Äôs not a top guy. He creates that style and looks for guys to give attention to him. But face to face, he‚Äôs like a kid. He‚Äôll cry like a baby, man,‚ÄĚ he told Mauro Ranallo on The MMA Show.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know what kind of man can say something bad about you then say, ‚ÄėHey Wanderlei, let‚Äôs shake hands.‚Äô F** you man. You talked some bad things. I‚Äôm old school. You‚Äôre talking some bulls*** about me, don‚Äôt shake my hand.
‚ÄúThis guy lost respect from me. Not one fighter respects him. I don‚Äôt like his style and I hope Anderson Silva kicks his ass. I think Anderson will be knock out Chael in the third round.‚ÄĚ¬†
It is a familiar riff from all the Brazilian fighters, who have been rendered first dumbstruck then incensed by Sonnen‚Äôs ceaseless verbal attack on the country and its fighters. His jibes include claiming to be unaware that Brazil had computers or internet access and an allegation that the Nogueira brothers, encountering a bus for the first time, tried to feed it carrots.
Sonnen‚Äôs underlying theme is that Brazil is a third-world backward country. While the country does have severely impoverished regions and a serious issue with inner-city slums, it is also one home to considerable wealth and is one of the world‚Äôs fastest-growing economies.
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