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Chael Sonnen’s coach reportedly planning to appeal Anderson Silva knee

Chael Sonnen dismissed the suggestion that a key knee from Anderson Silva at UFC 148 last Saturday was illegal, but one member of his team apparently feels differently.

Sonnen’s coach Scott McQuarry told MMA Junkie that Silva’s second-round TKO was an “injustice,” and that he’s planning to appeal the decision.

“Obviously, there were minor infractions of grabbing shorts and greasing himself up,” McQuarry said. “But the knee to the face … I’ve looked at it from numerous angles. I can see where it hit his face. It did slide down to his chest. But that should be considered a no-contest.

“What I’m looking for is a rematch.”

Sonnen’s manager told MMA Junkie he hadn’t heard about the appeal and thought McQuarry was making it up. McQuarry says he’s contacted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to initiate the appeal.

The debated knee came after Sonnen whiffed on a spinning back fist and ended up on the ground. The knee went to Sonnen’s chest and hurt the fighter, making it tough for him to defend himself against several blows to the head that eventually resulted in a TKO. Dana White said he and others reviewed the knee after the fight and determined it was legal because it went to the chest, not the head.

Sonnen refused to blame his loss on the controversial knee.

“I hate those rules anyway,” Sonnen said after the fight. “I’m an old school guy before we had rounds and weight classes and all that stuff. We’re in a lot better spot now, so I don’t propose we should go back to that, but I don’t care about legal or illegal.

“I could see him, I could see it coming. That’s just the way it goes.”

Maybe this is the strategy Sonnen’s camp is using to generate buzz for a third fight. Given that the beef between the fighters was squashed last weekend, there might not be too much interest in another battle between them.

Anderson Silva beats Chael Sonnen then invites him for Brazilian BBQ

Anderson Silva beat Chael Sonnen by second-round TKO in their rematch at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, and their beef was finally squashed.

The fight started off just like the first four and half rounds of their first fight with Sonnen taking down Silva and dominating him on the ground. In the second round, Silva avoided a takedown and capitalized after Sonnen fell to the ground on a missed spinning backfist. One knee to the chest and several punches to the head later, Sonnen was done and the fight was stopped with Silva retaining his UFC Middleweight Championship belt.

After all the crap talking that was exchanged from both parties over the years, the beef finally ended. Silva sought out Sonnen during his post-fight interview, put his arm around his foe and offered some praise.

Silva said there was no disrespect between the two and that their fight was just sport and just the UFC. He asked the Brazilian fans in attendance to applaud Chael for his performance, and then according to his translator, he extended an invitation.

“If you’d like to have a barbecue at my house, I’d love to have you over,” Silva said.

Sonnen called Silva a “true champion,” after it was all over, and he said in the post-fight news conference that he could go for some barbecue.

Though Sonnen is 0-2 in his career against Silva, he has won 5 of the 7 rounds against him. That’s not a bad accomplishment considering Silva is 32-4, has won 16 straight fights, and is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. MMA fans can thank both men for putting on another great show.

Anderson Silva bumps Chael Sonnen at weigh-in (Video)

Given how contentious things have been leading up to the UFC 148 main event between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, it’s no surprise that there was an incident at the weigh-in.

As the fighters came face-to-face, Silva bumped Sonnen with his shoulder. The bump could be considered bush league, but when you’ve endured years of the kind of crap Sonnen talks, that sort of reaction is to be expected.

Many people also figure that any skirmish at a weigh-in is staged to build publicity, but it’s pretty obvious from Silva’s out-of-character comments two weeks ago that he heavily dislikes Sonnen.

This is just one more reason why fans should be stoked for this heavily-anticipated rematch.

Thanks to LBS contributor Alan Hull for the heads up.

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Chael Sonnen makes some changes to UFC 148 promotional poster (Picture)

We had to wait nearly two full years, but the highly-anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen has finally almost arrived. As UFC fans can tell you, the first meeting between the two middleweights was an extremely bizarre fight, with Sonnen dominating Silva for four rounds before Silva abruptly submitted him in the fifth. Sonnen later tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

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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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