Although UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictured) has served as the planet’s baddest 185-pounder over the past several years, you’d never know it by the Brazilian’s friendly demeanor outside of the Octagon. However, during Monday’s conference call it was clear UFC 148 opponent and ultimate antagonist Chael Sonnen has gotten under Silva’s skin, causing “The Spider” to unleash a verbally assault that even Uncle Chael wasn’t prepared to counter.
Silva has previously fought for UFC president Dana White on 14 occasions, with 10 of the scraps being of the championship variety, and even White admitted Silva is in rare form entering the July 7th rematch. No, not medium rare…
“I’ve promoted every Anderson Silva fight since he’s been in the UFC and I’ve never heard him talk even remotely closely like this,” White expressed. “He usually doesn’t say anything negative or disrespectful. I’ve never heard Anderson so over the top like this.”
Among some of the threats Silva threw the chatty challenger’s way; “I’m gonna break his face and break every one of his teeth in his mouth,” “I’m going to beat him maybe the way his parents should have beaten him to teach him some manners,” and pretty much everything else that didn’t involve eating Sonnen’s children.
After manhandling Silva for nearly five complete rounds at UFC 117, Sonnen was abruptly submitted with only 110 ticks remaining on the clock. Since the August 2010 defeat, Sonnen had been doing everything within his power to land a rematch – including bringing Silva’s wife into the mix, which appears to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“You tell Anderson Silva I’m coming over and I’m kicking down his back door and patting his little lady on the ass and I’m telling her to make me a steak, medium rare, just how I like it,” Sonnen previously said on The MMA Show.
The sequel has been nearly two years in the making, and thankfully the shootout is now just 11 days away. According to White, showtime can’t get here soon enough because there isn’t much more that can be said following yesterday’s lambasting.
“I don’t think there’s too much more Anderson Silva can say,” White stated. “I think he’s been pretty clear how he feels and what he wants to do and what’s going to happen.”
UFC 148 takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.