It’s hard to imagine, but Anderson Silva believes Chael Sonnen – the man that has been verbally assaulting him for the past several months – is actually a decent human being. While the middleweight king hasn’t had much to say leading up to Saturday’s UFC 117 scrap, it doesn’t mean “The Spider” won’t come out to play when the lights come on.
“I’m very excited for the fight with Chael. He’s a new opportunity for me, for Chael, for my team. I’m very happy,” Silva told MMAFighting.com.
The chatty challenger’s diversified disses have covered everything from Silva’s pretty pink wardrobe to his pathetic warrior spirit. While most of his nonstop chatter has been borderline outrageous, if not completely ROFLMAO, the Brazilian claims Sonnen hasn’t lit a fire under him.
“No, no fire,” Silva said while jokingly looking underneath his vicious feet for flames. “It’s fine, Chael’s a good guy.”
Que? You think the dude that’s been dogging you and your “shoddy” credentials is a bueno hombre?
“Chael talks anytime, not just [about] me, all the fighters,” the champ said if his adversary. “But I don’t know, it’s Chael’s opinion not my opinion. I respect all the fighters.”
When asked which version of Anderson Silva fans can expect to see inside Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA – the assassin that has embarrassed practically everyone in his Octagon path or the one that’s hung three consecutive lackluster middleweight title defenses – the controversial king said he’s planning on unleashing a never-before-seen edition.
“I’m not too sure, but I think you’ll see the Anderson who fought Chael,” Silva said of the different challenges each opponent presents.
Well, if I’m dropping $54.95 on this pay-per-view (coughing up the extra 10 bones because Sonnen’s sales pitch warrants High Definition status) to catch a replay of the fiasco that went down at UFC 112, I may be a tad irked.
So, would it be possible for you to please give me a hint before I pull the trigger?
“People say that I joke around, but I love what I do,” Silva said. “I enjoy what I do so I do have fun with it, but I don’t ever want anybody to take me going into the Octagon without sincerity. I’m going out there to do my job well.
“Regardless of what happens, I just want people to know that I’m out there doing my job.”
Speaking of employment, UFC president Dana White has promised to hand Silva his walking papers if he dares to revert back to his circus sideshow act.