Despite all the junk Chael Sonnen has spewed regarding middleweight champion Anderson Silva, most of the 3-to-1 underdog’s disses have fallen on deaf Brazilian ears. However, Siva’s manager, Ed Soares, claims Sonnen took things too far during an altercation at the UFC Fan Expo this past May.
“I was walking back to the hotel and Anderson was signing autographs for I don’t know, there was maybe 15, 20 kids around and their parents, and there’s a crowd around him,” Soares told MMAWeekly.com. “Chael walked by completely by himself with his manager, and he says ‘go ahead, sign all those things because in a couple months nobody’s going to want your signature. Nobody’s going to want that.’
“When he said that, it’s in front of kids, it’s the first time that it kind of pissed me off.”
Despite the backlash Silva has received from MMA purists for his last three lackluster title defenses, “The Spider” has managed to remain one of the sport’s most popular athletes. However, his fame isn’t a coincidence, it’s by design. The planet’s baddest middleweight has long served as a worldwide ambassador for the sport, rarely declining an autograph or picture for one of his faithfuls.
That’s why Soares decided to take matters into his own hands, or mouth in this case, and fire off a zinger of his own in defense of his fan-friendly client.
“So we’re walking down the hallway there and I just started laying into him and I go ‘man look at that crowd around Chael Sonnen; you got to have some security!’ because no one was around him,” Soares said. “He was just walking by himself. I’m like ‘man look at those fans going crazy for Chael’ and I could tell he got a little irritated, didn’t say anything.”
While the Team Quest trained fighter may not have been in the mood to exchange verbal jabs at the Fan Expo, he’s more than made up for his silence ever since. Although Sonnen’s non-stop chatter has been fairly amusing, if not ROFLMAO, Soares claims the part-time realtor is just trying to cash-in on the champ’s star power.
“No one paid attention to Chael Sonnen,” Soares added. “Before he started talking about Anderson Silva, have you ever heard of his name in the headlines? No. So this is the only thing that’s getting him publicity. Congratulations, he found something that’s going to get him some attention.”
The arch rivals will collide August 7th inside the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.