Chael Sonnen: Vitor’s [Belfort] A Lot Tougher Than Anderson Silva

Written by Tim Ngo
February 8th, 2010

Chael Sonnen, the UFC’s new #1 middleweight contender, had a lot to say following his huge upset victory over Nate Marquardt at “UFC 109: Relentless”, especially about his potential opponents who are set to fight for the title he wants at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.

If you ask most fighters if they had a choice between fighting Anderson Silva, who hasn’t lost a fight in four years, or Vitor Belfort, most guys would say bring on Belfort.

Not Sonnen.

Maybe he’s being the same guy who called out Anderson Silva and his manager Ed Soares, or maybe we should start listening to him because he proved a lot to everybody at UFC 109.

“I hope Anderson [Silva] wins because I think Vitor’s [Belfort] a lot tougher fighter. If I had to choose between the two, I’m gonna take the low road and take the easier opponent to get to the championship,” Sonnen said at the post-fight press conference.

If you watch the video, even Matt Serra, who sat next to Sonnen at the press conference, had a grin on his face.

“Vitor Belfort in truth has never lost a fight in the stand-up realm. The blueprint to beat Vitor is out there but it’s not to stand-up with him,” Sonnen said explaining his reasoning behind wanting to fight Belfort as opposed to Silva.

Before wrapping up his time on the mic for the evening, Sonnen went ahead and gave his prediction for the middleweight showdown saying, “I can’t wait for that fight, but I am picking Vitor in it.”

Are you surprised?

Don’t worry, we’ll probably be hearing from Soares about Sonnen’s latest comments soon.

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