Anderson Silva has finally snapped.
The UFC middleweight champion let rip at Chael Sonnen on today’s UFC 148 conference call, branding his antagonist “a criminal” and promising that after the fight is over, Sonnen will not be able to leave the cage under his own power.
“I am going to knock all of his teeth out. I am going to make him eat these words he has said about me and about the UFC. This is the end of the jokes, no more talking,” he said.
“What I'm going to do inside the octagon is something that's going to change the image of the sport. I'm going to beat his ass like he's never been beaten before. I'm going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broken, his legs will be broken. He's not going to be able to walk out of the octagon by himself.”
A surprised Dana White chimed in to tell the reporters on the line that he was surprised that Anderson was talking the way he was, given that he had never spoken so bluntly or aggressively in his entire tenure with the UFC thus far.
“Chael is a criminal. He's been convicted of crimes. He doesn't deserve to be inside the octagon. And when the time comes and the time is right, I'm going to break his face and break every one of his teeth in his mouth,” Silva fumed.
“I'm going to beat Chael like I've never been beaten before. The joke is over. There's no more talking. I know he's on the line listening, and the game is over. I'm going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He's never going to want to fight again after I'm done with him.
“I'm going to beat him maybe the way his parents should have beat him to teach him some manners… I'm going to beat him up like he's never been beat before. He can say whatever he wants, but I'm not playing any more.”
The two are headlining UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC president White expects the fight to do over a million pay-per-view buys, says "its one of the sporting events of the year" and is predicting “UFC 100 [viewer] numbers”.