Get ready for the “The American Gangster” vs. “The Axe Murderer.”
UFC President Dana White announced on Fox Sports Live Monday night that MMA legend Wanderlei Silva will fight Chael Sonnen, after the two coach against one another during next season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.
“The coaches for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil are Wanderlei Silva – Chael Sonnen,” White said. “That one is going to piss a lot of people off. Then those two will fight.”
White made the comments, ironically, to Sonnen, who was working his other job as analyst for Fox Sports.
Sonnen tried to play it out like he was surprised and that he didn’t know the deal had been finalized.
“Is he going to try to ambush me like he did in Vegas?” Sonnen asked White on the show.
“I saw that on the internet,” White responded. “We will have a ton of security down there. It’s going to be a fun season.”
The two fighters have been feuding publicly for more than a year. Silva has taken great offense to Sonnen’s berating of Brazilians, primarily in the two buildups to his matches with Anderson Silva. Although Sonnen is known as being the consummate trash talker, it’s Silva who has turned heads with his vicious videotaped promos blasting Sonnen. In the past few months he has referred to Sonnen as a “Butt Face,” “Coward,” and “Girl.”
Sonnen has said publicly that Silva’s victories in Pride Fighting Championship were rigged, and that Silva never won a real fight.
The feud escalated last month when Silva charged Sonnen at a Mr. Olympia expo. With a cameraman at his side, Silva rushed Sonnen while he was signing autographs at a convention booth. After a lot of shouting and finger-pointing, Silva was escorted away.
Sonnen said after the confrontation that had Silva touched him during the verbal altercation, he would have “put him down.”
Sonnen was knocked out in back-to-back fights against Anderson Silva and Jon Jones, but then stunned the MMA world with his submission victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in August. Silva hasn’t fought since March, when he KO’d Brian Stann.