UFC president Dana White has just unloaded a middleweight bomb on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning. Not only did the brash promoter announce 185-pound king Anderson Silva will make his next title defense against Chael Sonnen, but he stated he’ll cut the Brazilian if he ever resorts back to his shenanigans.
“Chael Sonnen is one of these guys that’s not going to lay back, not gonna do what these other guys [have done],” White told host Jim Rome. “When he’s been in these positions – when these types of fights have happened – it’s been against real good jiu jitsu guys. Guys that want to get the fight to the ground.
“Well, Chael Sonnen is gonna want to take this fight to the ground, but he’s gonna double-leg him and bring him down.”
Sonnen leapfrogged into the top contender spot after dominating Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 in February. Although his lopsided unanimous decision cemented his spot for the next shot at the belt, Sonnen suffered a severe cut on his forehead that forced him on the IR – otherwise it would have been him, and not Demian Maia in Abu Dhabi.
Silva turned the MMA world upside-down when he decided that he would make UFC 112 his very own circus sideshow act. For his third straight title defense, the baddest 185-pounder on the planet appeared more interested in showboating than elbowing.
After calling Maia out in the opening rounds for not engaging, Silva was the one that spent the championship stanzas circling the Octagon refusing to throw. Not only did this enrage fans, who booed the champ for much of the 5thRound, but White went absolutely ballistic after witnessing Silva’s antics.
White was so disgusted with Silva that he handed the belt to Ed Soares, “The Spider’s” manager, in the 4thRound and told him to wrap the gold around Silva’s waist because White wasn’t going to do it.
The brash promoter immediately stormed off backstage, leaving well before it was announced Silva had earned a unanimous decision victory over Maia.
Four days later and White is still fuming, even threatening the job security of his prized assassin.
“If he ever acts like that again in the ring I will cut him,” White emphatically stated. “I don’t care if he’s the pound-four-pound best fighter in the world. I don’t care if he’s the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.”
White did not mention when the two will meet.