If Chael Sonnen was hoping to get under Anderson Silva’s skin with his creative rants, “The Spider” appears to be more amused than agitated. At any rate, he’s definitely listening to all the junk spewing out of the potential politician’s mouth.
“As far as all the trash that he’s talking, when both of us are inside the Octagon, he’s going to have the opportunity to make good on all the things he’s saying,” Silva told UFC.com. “The night of the the fight, he’ll have the chance to show the world what he thinks he’s capable of.”
The middleweight top contender has covered everything from Silva’s fictitious jiu jitsu black belt – courtesy of fellow Brazilians, the Nogueira brothers – to the champ’s rapidly dissipating 15-minutes of fame. Despite Sonnen’s diversified disses, Silva opted to address one specific slight on this particular day.
“There are idiotic things coming out of his mouth,” an amused Silva stated. “Chael’s saying I have never fought a wrestler. In my opinion, Dan Henderson is one of the best wrestlers in MMA. With him being a politician, he should really pay attention to what he’s saying.”
While we’re on the occupation front …
“First, Chael says he wants to be a fighter. Then, he says he wants to be a politician,” Silva added. “Which one is it? You can only choose one.
“I’ve chosen to be a fighter. After the fight, Chael will have a different idea of what choice he wants to make.”
For those weary that MMA’s deadliest assassin is still in middleweight hibernation, think again.
“I’m going to go in there and give the best performance I can,” the 185-pound king emphatically stated.
The rivals will collide at UFC 117 on August 7th inside Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.