Chael Sonnen Recruits Vinny Magalhaes to Prepare for Anderson Silva

Written by Tom Ngo
April 3rd, 2012

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

It appears not every Brazilian mixed martial artist hates Chael Sonnen (Pictured). Despite insulting nearly every Brazilian fighter within earshot over the past year, Sonnen managed to recruit jiu jitsu specialist Vinny Magalhaes to help him prepare for UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva.

“Forget about my last post about competing. Instead, I’m heading to Oregon to help the UFC MW Champ get ready for his title fight in Brazil,” Magalhaes tweeted.

Magalhaes is the current M-1 Global light heavyweight champ and former “The Ultimate Fighter 8” finalist. More importantly, he’s the 2011 ADCC World Champion and a three-time BJJ World Champion.

After manhandling Silva for nearly five complete rounds at UFC 117, Sonnen was abruptly submitted by “The Spider” with only 110 ticks remaining on the clock. Since the August 2010 defeat, Sonnen has been doing everything within his power to land a rematch.


Of Sonnen’s 11 career losses, eight of them have come by way of tap out. Despite the deficiencies in his submission game, Uncle Chael has continued to slight the importance of needing to learn jiu jitsu.

However, with the most anticipated rematch in MMA middleweight history nearly three months out, the 35-year-old wants to cram in as much BJJ as possible to ensure he won’t subject himself to another Hail Mary.

Chael P. Sonnen enters hostile territory on June 23rd to challenge Silva for his strap a UFC 147. Engenhão Stadium in Rio de Janeiro hosts the epic sequel.

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