June 27, 2012
Silva eager to make Sonnen eat his words
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to the QMI AGENCY
Anderson (The Spider) Silva has reached his boiling point.
For years, the UFC middleweight champion has endured a relentless torrent of trash talk from Chael Sonnen. Nothing has been off-limits for the former NCAA Division I wrestler, who has taken shots at Silva’s legitimacy, home country of Brazil and even his wife.
“You tell Anderson Silva that I’m coming over and I’m kicking down his back door and patting his little lady on the ass and I’m telling her to make me a steak, medium-rare, just how I like it,” Sonnen said in an interview with Mauro Ranallo last October.
On Monday’s UFC media conference call, Silva finally cracked.
“He doesn’t deserve to be inside the octagon,” Silva said through manager and translator Ed Soares. “When the time comes and the time is right, I’m going to break his face and break every one of his teeth in his mouth.
“I’m going to make him pay and make him eat everything he’s said, not only about myself, but about our country — about everything. I’m going to make him pay and make sure he never disrespects any ... fighter, not only Brazilians. I’m going to beat him the way his parents should have beat him to teach him some manners. He’s disrespectful, he’s a criminal and I’m going to beat him up like he’s never been beaten up before. The games are over.”
In possibly the most-anticipated fight in UFC history, Silva will defend his championship against Sonnen for a second time at UFC 148 in Las Vegas July 7. The co-main event will see Tito Ortiz take on Forrest Griffin in the final fight of his career.
It goes without saying this is the most fired-up Silva has been in 35 professional MMA bouts. UFC president Dana White said he’s never seen him this angry.
“What makes this one so crazy is that I’ve promoted every Anderson Silva fight since he’s been in the UFC and I’ve never heard him talk even remotely close to this,” White said. “He usually doesn’t say anything negative or disrespectful. I’ve never heard Anderson Silva talk like this.”
Though Silva caught White off-guard, Sonnen is anything but impressed.
“I got serious about this fight a long time ago,” Sonnen said. “I’ve been training for combat since I was 9 years old. I’ve wanted to be the UFC champion since 1993. I couldn’t think of a day in my life where this wasn’t serious to me.
“I’m not playing around. He thinks that it’s fun and that he’s going to break my face. Tell him I’ve got two words for him: Medium rare.”
The two fighters first met at UFC 117 almost two years ago. To the surprise of many, Sonnen backed up his trash-talk by dominating Silva for more than four rounds. Much of the bout saw Sonnen on top, raining down punches, but with roughly two minutes left on the clock, Silva caught him in a triangle-armbar for a stunning submission victory.
Though he lost the fight, Sonnen said he exposed Silva that night.
“All that happened was Anderson found himself in a fight for the first time,” Sonnen said. “I think Anderson’s a really good set-up guy. He uses a lot of movements and motions to set guys up, but at the end of the day, his skills are amateur. You walk into a fist fight with your hands down — that’s amateur.
“I treated him like an amateur the first time and he’s going to look like an amateur this time.”
Silva said their first fight won’t matter once the cage door shuts.
“Things that are in the past are in museums,” Silva said. “Right now, I’m focused on what’s going to happen in the next few weeks. “I’m going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He’s never going to want to fight again after I’m done with him.”
When asked how he plans to stay off his back in the rematch, Silva simply repeated that he’s going to tear Sonnen apart.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m on the bottom, the side, the top — it doesn’t matter,” Silva began. “What I’m going to do inside the octagon is going to change the image of the sport. I’m going to beat his ass like he’s never been beaten before. I’m going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broken, his legs are broken. He’s not going to be able to walk out of the octagon by himself. I can guarantee that.
“I know that he’s listening. The game’s over. No more s--- talking. It’s on now.”
CALGARY LOSES YET ANOTHER FIGHTER
Another day, another fighter is forced off the UFC’s Calgary debut.
Featherweight George Roop suffered an undisclosed injury and is out of his UFC 149 bout against Canadian Antonio Carvalho. Daniel Pineda has signed on as a replacement.
Pineda’s last outing saw him drop a unanimous decision to former WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown. Carvalho made his UFC debut in January, losing a unanimous decision to Brazilian Felipe Arantes.
Roop joins Jose Aldo, Michael Bisping, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Thiago Alves, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on the list of fighters who were pulled from the card due to health reasons. Mauricio (Shogun) Rua was also removed from the event to headline UFC on FOX 4 against Brandon Vera.
UFC 149 takes place July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome and will be headlined by an interim bantamweight championship fight between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao.
OVEREEM SPEAKS OUT
Alistair Overeem has finally broken his silence.
During an appearance on UFC Tonight, Overeem reiterated that his failed drug test was due to anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by his physician to combat a rib injury.
“Like I explained in front of the commission, this was due to medication I received from a licensed doctor, due to injury,” Overeem said. “This caused a spike in my T/E ratio. I did it, took responsibility for it, stepped away from a title fight, and now I’m slowly building up the confidence with the commission by doing random tests, monthly tests, to show that I am a clean fighter. This is my way to prove that I am legit.”
Overeem was set to challenge heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 on May 26. However, he was pulled from the card after failing a March drug test and was subsequently suspended for nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The results of his screening showed him having a T/E ratio of 14:1. The NSAC limit is 6:1, while the average male has a ratio of 1:1.
Overeem said he still hopes to challenge dos Santos in the future.
“I know I have a lot of support and would like to take the opportunity to thank fans who have voiced that support, emails, tweets from people all over the world from people who say they want to see me back in there,” Overeem said. “For you guys, I’m training every day to improve my game. When I’m back in there, hopefully in December, hopefully for the title, I’m going to show the world I’m No. 1.”
ROGAN GETS BLACK BELT
UFC commentator Joe Rogan has earned his Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt.
“I just gave @joerogan his 10th Planet black belt,” 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
Following the announcement, Rogan took to the MMA Underground forum.
“Thank you all, my UG brethren!” Rogan wrote. “I’ve been training since ’96, and I’ve been a brown belt for 7 or 8 years now, so it really feels like a long-term accomplishment to me, and I’m really motivated to get even better! It’s a real honor. I even cried a little :)”
Rogan also holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.
PENN AND MACDONALD SUPPORT VADA
B.J. Penn has challenged Rory MacDonald to join him in signing up with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association prior to their UFC 152 bout in Toronto this September.
“VADA anti-doping has offered to sponsor our upcoming fight,” Penn wrote on Twitter. “I’ve accepted and invite you to help me clean up the sport.
“VADA results will be released after the fight to ensure that the fight happens. Let’s get started asap!!”
VADA offers fighters Olympic-style drug testing, where participants are subject to unannounced screenings throughout their training camps. Notable members include Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren and boxer Shane Mosley.
Penn has long been critical of fighters who not only use PEDs, but also of those receiving testosterone replacement therapy.
MacDonald wasted no time accepting the challenge.
“Already worried B.J.?” MacDonald wrote. “Honestly I think it’s a great idea 2 (sic), and I’m ready to do the testing for our fight as well.”