There’s an old adage that claims, ‘You are the company that you keep.’ If that’s the case, UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva refuses to associate with a “doping loser” like Chael Sonnen and is simply shocked Yushin Okami has chosen to partner up with the troubled wrestler.
Sonnen took “The Spider” to the brink of defeat at UFC 117 last August. After getting submitted at the 11th hour, Sonnen produced a failed drug test and subsequently bumped into legal issues outside of the Octagon.
“You have to find the best people to train with, and I think [Okami] chose wrong,” Silva told O Globo, Brazil’s second largest newspaper. “I’d never align myself with a loser, a loser in every sense. He didn’t win the fight [between us] and got caught doping. You want to be a champion? Get with good people, with winners.
“Moreover, Sonnen wasn’t a tough opponent for me. I was injured with cracked ribs and fought five rounds. If I hadn’t been injured, the fight would have been different.”
Okami finally gets his shot at the bling-bling at “UFC 134: Rio.” The Japanese star holds an underrated 26-5 record and earned his next dibs status by beating Nate Marquardt at UFC 122 last November.
“Thunder” is the last man to hang a loss on the Brazilian. He took a disqualification win over Silva at “Rumble on the Rock 8″ courtesy of an illegal up-kick to Okami face. Silva can’t wait to try and even the score in front of his fellow countrymen.
“Brazilians are involved in MMA; they’re talking about it,” Silva said. “Many people call me to talk and to tell me they’ll be at my fight. They want to see me live. It’s a different emotion … I’m trained not to feel pressure, to approach it as just one more fight. And I’ll have to train because [Okami] will be well-trained…”
UFC 134 takes place August 27th inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It’s highly unlikely Sonnen will be cornering Okami in the championship affair.
[Silva’s transcription via Sherdog]