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Anderson Silva goes off on Chael Sonnen: ‘I’m going to beat his ass like he’s never been beaten before’ (Audio)

Chael Sonnen is the biggest trash talker in MMA, and probably the biggest in all of sports. Sometimes his smack is done in jest, or to hype a fight, and other times probably because that’s just who he is.

Anderson Silva has obviously heard enough from Sonnen over the past few years, and he absolutely let loose on the man he’ll be facing in a rematch at UFC 148 on July 7.

Responding to a question during a media conference call on Monday, Silva went off.

“First of all, Chael is a criminal,” Silva said, according to a translator, per MMA Fighting. “He’s been convicted of crimes. He doesn’t deserve to be inside of the octagon. When the time comes and the time is right, I’m going to break his face and break every one of the teeth in his mouth.”

Silva was just getting warmed up.

“What I’m going to do inside the octagon is something that’s going to change the image of the sport,” he said. “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.”

According to MMA Fighting, some Brazilian outlets say Silva’s translator softened what he said. If that’s the case, I don’t want to know what his real words were.

That amazing thing is that Sonnen didn’t even miss a beat when asked for a reaction, calling Silva an “amateur.”

It’s pretty obvious that Silva hates Sonnen because this was out of character. The only thing is I doubt Sonnen holds to his promise to leave the UFC if he loses.

Audio of the conference call is below:

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Anderson Silva reveals he once almost killed his trainer

Anderson Silva released a biography last week and makes at least one startling revelation. Silva says he planned to kill his trainer several years ago, but was talked out of it by friends.

According to Fighters Only, Silva says he was going through a difficult time in his life financially. He was teaching jiu-jitsu classes, and the Chute Boxe coach Rafael Cordeiro did not want him to continue the classes. They had an argument in which Silva was slapped in the face.

Silva, upset, took a shotgun to where Cordeiro was and waited for the coach to return with the intent of shooting him. Luckily he had two friends with him who talked him out of the murder plan and nothing ended up happening.

Fighters Only says both Cordeiro and Silva’s son learned about the story for the first time last week. That had to be a pretty awkward moment for Cordeiro, I imagine. Can you envision being friends with a guy for years only to find out much later that he showed up ready to shoot you?

Good thing Silva was talked out of the incident otherwise the world may never have gotten to see his talents.

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UFC on FOX: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos Fight Preview

This Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its FOX network television debut with Cain Velasquez (9-0, 7-0 UFC) putting his heavyweight title on the line against the challenger, Junior Dos Santos (13-1, 7-0 UFC). It’s going to be a great night for fight fans as this event will finish an hour before Manny Pacquiao is set to square off against Juan Manuel Marquez.

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect match-up for the first fight in the historic, seven-year partnership between FOX and the UFC, as these are two very special fighters entering the primes of their careers. I will break the action down in terms of each fighters’ strengths, the unknowns heading into the fight and the match-up, specific to one another. Finally, I will predict a winner.

Strengths

Velasquez has made a name for himself through his world-class wrestling ability, his other-worldly work ethic and cardio, and a developing, technically-sound kickboxing game. He is well above-average in his quickness wrestling and an above-average athlete for a heavyweight. He has finished eight out of the nine fights in his career through ground and pound and striking.

Velasquez was a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State University and in the Octagon, he has man-handled the heavyweight division, demonstrating relentless take-downs, top control and ground and pound. His wrestling, in combination with his cardio, make him a bad match-up for any style of fighter because he can control whether the fight remains standing or on the ground. If he chooses to take the fight to the ground, he has almost no equal. He has used his wrestling to dominate Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo on the ground, and when he won the title against Brock Lesnar, he did so by keeping the fight standing.

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Chael Sonnen Challenges Anderson Silva, Says He’ll Leave UFC if He Loses

Fighting in the UFC for the first time since losing to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 last August, a fight where he contested Silva but later tested positive for performance-enhancers, Chael Sonnen worked Brian Stann before submitting him with an arm triangle choke in the second round. Sonnen’s work in the octagon was impressive, but it was his post-fight interview that provided the most entertainment.

Asked by Joe Rogan how happy he was with his performance, Sonnen turned his attention to Anderson Silva, who was in the audience.

“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck!” Sonnen declared. “Super Bowl weekend, the biggest rematch in the history of the business.

“I’m calling you out Silva,” he said “but we’re upping the stakes.

“I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC forever.”

Nobody actually believes that Sonnen will leave the UFC if he loses. The man will say just about anything in the name of publicity. But that doesn’t make his post-fight speech any less entertaining.

There are very few fighters who pose a challenge to Anderson Silva, and Chael Sonnen is one of them. It’s a fight fans want to see again, and the urgency for a rematch has been expedited after Sonnen’s call out.

He may be brash, quirky, and a cheat, but he has a style that makes Silva uncomfortable. I’m ready for a rematch, as I’m sure you are.

GSP: Anderson Silva Is the Best Right Now

Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva is the bout MMA fans have wanted to see since each fighter began dominating the competition. After GSP failed to impress critics in his last several fights (the last four went to decision), the tune changed and there were plans for him to fight Nick Diaz. That fell through, and GSP will face Carlos Condit next.

Even if GSP wins his fight next month, don’t hold your breath on him fighting Anderson Silva anytime too soon:

St. Pierre has previously expressed reluctance about moving up in weight, so there is little doubt this is a serious concern for him. While many people could complain that this is an example of GSP wussing out, I think it’s a legitimate worry. Facing a guy who is bigger than you is difficult — that’s why there are weight classes. He’ll probably be at a disadvantage and that’s why it might not be worth it to him.

I also liked the perspective he offered on pound-for-pound fighters. Too often we get caught up in who’s the best “right now.” Like GSP points out, it wasn’t long ago that Fedor was considered the best ever. Now people are questioning his legacy since he lost three fights in a row.

In the sport of MMA, outcomes are unpredictable. Being able to maintain a level of invincibility for a long period of time is difficult to do. Silva hasn’t truly lost since 2004, and that’s why even GSP is saying he’s the best fighter.

GSP Having Second Thoughts About Fighting Anderson Silva

Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva are widely considered to be two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Silva’s 28-4 and coming off an incredible win over Vitor Belfort. The Spider has won 14 straight and fought at both middleweight and light heavyweight. GSP is 21-2 and has won his last eight fights in a row, all as a welterweight. He has a fight coming up against former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields late April in Toronto. After that, there’s been talk of a GSP-Silva superfight should St. Pierre come out victorious.

The St. Pierre-Silva fight is one fans have been dying to see for quite some time, but it appears as if the bout is no certainty. Speaking at UFC on Versus 3 Thursday evening, GSP said he’s focusing on his fight with Shields first before anything else, but he also was hesitant to talk about plans to fight Silva.

GSP’s biggest concern centers around the weight issue. During an interview, he said “It would take a long time [to put on that kind of weight]. Anderson Silva is a huge guy, he’s weighing around 230 pounds. He’s very big. Even when he fought as a light heavyweight he looked bigger than the other guys. I don’t know if I’m gonna go up to 185. I have no idea. It’s a complete reorientation of my career. I have a lot to lose.”

If he’s reluctant to fight because he has a lot to lose, that’s a poor attitude. But if his concerns are over weight issues, that makes complete sense. Silva is a bigger guy and has four inches of height and 20 pounds on GSP. He would have a clear advantage in a sport where a lot of the fighting is based on strength, leverage, and tactics on the ground. They would have to meet at an agreeable weight that would make the two equally uncomfortable. Remember, it won’t be easy for Silva to drop down in weight either. Hopefully GSP beats Shields and the superfight goes down.

Steven Seagal Says Anderson Silva Initially Reached Out to Him

I don’t know about you, but I still cannot get over the news that actor/tough guy Steven Seagal taught Anderson Silva the kick he used to knockout Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 (watch the incredible video here). Like Del wrote, we figured Seagal being part of Silva’s entourage was more of a joke than anything else, and we were in disbelief when The Spider credited Seagal for the move after the fight. We’re still having trouble processing it all.

Given that Seagal taught Silva the move, I probably shouldn’t be surprised that Silva’s the one who initially reached out to Seagal to form their relationship, but I am. In this interview with Ariel Helwani, Seagal talks about their relationship, including how they first met. It’s stunning: