Who would have thought a Republican with political aspirations could be such a party animal? Just days removed from watching the biggest win of his career slip through his fingers and wrap around his neck, Chael Sonnnen is desperately trying to get UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva to make a cameo at his after party.
“We’ve had talks,” Mike Roberts, Sonnen’s manger, told MMAFighting.com. “I just had a talk with [the UFC] [Monday] morning. You know, we don’t tell them how to do their job. The only thing that we do is tell them what we want, and the simple question was asked, ‘What does Chael want?’ And Chael’s answer was, ‘I want to do this again. The party ain’t over yet.’
“They said they were going to figure it out, probably in the next week. [UFC president Dana White] and [Octagon matchmaker Joe Silva] are going to get together and put their heads together and see what makes sense. I’m sure Anderson and [manager Ed Soares] are going to say their opinions on what they think and we’re going to say our opinions on what we think, and Dana and Joe will figure out the best scenario.
“But I can’t imagine that any less than 7 out of 10 fans would want to see that fight again.”
If an immediate mulligan is arranged, it will have to wait until 2011. It was reported yesterday that Silva’s injured ribs will force him to ride the pine until March Madness rolls around.
Speaking of the boo-boo Silva allegedly received just six days prior to showtime …
“I believe [he injured his ribs], but my take on that is this; even if it’s true, there’s no need to say that. There’s no point,” Roberts stated. “And I mean, Chael has plenty of issues that distracted him and injuries going into this fight that it’s just pointless to bring up. I don’t know of a fighter that has gone in [to a fight] non-injured.”
Clearly, the only reason the planet’s deadliest assassin would bring this top secret info to light is to try and tarnish Sonnen’s nearly perfect performance at UFC 117, right?
“Oh, sure. For sure. That’s the only way there is to look at it,” Roberts matter-of-factly said while acknowledging that Sonnen wasn’t shocked to hear Silva mention his injury.
Another thing that doesn’t surprise Team Sonnen is the fact Team Spider doesn’t believe an instant rematch is warranted. Although his client destroyed the champ for 23 minutes and 10 seconds, Roberts isn’t hating on the Brazilians for wanting to protect their meal ticket.
“I don’t blame them for wanting to fight Vitor Belfort first,” he said of the front-runner likely to get next dibs. “I mean, look what you saw. You think Anderson is dying to get back in there for another 5Rounds of that? I don’t blame him for saying that. It makes way more sense for Chael and Anderson to fight again.
“I’m sure Dana will make the right decision. He’s a very smart guy.”
FYI, Frank “The Tank” has already RSVP’d for Sonnen’s after party: