Although middleweight champion Anderson Silva has a UFC 112 title fight lined-up against Vitor Belfort, fans can’t seem to get enough of the verbal sparring session between recently red-hot Chael Sonnen and Silva’s manager, Ed Soares.
“We’re not looking past Belfort at all,” Soares told Sherdog.com of Silva’s latest and most dangerous foe. “He’s a tough opponent with considerable skills. Truthfully, Chael Sonnen is the last thing on our minds right now because we can’t afford to look past this fight.”
With his utter destruction of former top contender Nate Marquardt at “UFC 109: Relentless” this past weekend, Sonnen all but assured himself the next crack at the 185-pound crown.
Although he easily took home a unanimous decision inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Soares believes there’s still a lot of work to be done before Sonnen gets the privilege of entering a 5Round title fight, especially against his client.
“I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve a title shot,” Soares said. “He is a tough guy and he just beat a very good Nate Marquardt. He fought really well.”
“He just got submitted by Demian Maia and he really isn’t the most exciting fighter,” Soares added. “The only way Chael Sonnen’s fights end early is when he gets submitted.”
That might sting a little for some of you Sonnen fans, however Soares has got you on this one. Although the Team Quest-trained fighter holds a respectable 24-10-1 pro mark, 14 of his W’s have been handed to him by the judges sitting cage-side.
As mixed martial arts fans are well aware, UFC management is rather disinterested in fighters that constantly stockpile decision victories. In fact, that may be the quickest way out of getting a championship scrap.
Sonnen has done a fantastic job of fighting and self-promotion since entering the Octagon, however he’s simply seeking a title shot whereas Anderson is looking to cement his spot as MMA’s G.O.A.T.
Soares has reiterated time and again that the only way to ensure Silva goes down as the best to ever put on a pair of MMA gloves would be for him to defend his title against fellow greats.
“We just want to be involved in the biggest fights possible,” Soares said, “and would a fight with Chael Sonnen be a big fight? Not really.
“This has absolutely nothing to do with protecting Anderson. We will fight Sonnen if that is what the UFC wants, but like I said, we just want to be in the biggest fights we can get.”
For now, there’s no bigger fight for the champ than on March 27th in Abu Dhabi. But, if he’s able to extend his winning streak to 12 with another devastating knockout win, it’s likely he would move up for a more fan-friendly light heavyweight battle in his next outing.
However, Sonnen is doing and saying everything right to make sure he’s involved in the next middleweight title fight, regardless if “The Spider” is there or not.