Many MMA fans all over the world were excited to hear that longtime bitter rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva would be opposing coaches on season three of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. However, “The Axe Murderer” has recently suggested adding an interesting twist that could make the series more exciting to watch.
The Brazilian MMA legend made a post on his Facebook page that MMAfighting.com has translated from Portuguese to English:
“It’s official, I’ll be the responsible for representing our country and yes, I’ll make him pay for everything he said about us,” said the angry Silva on his Facebook page. “I asked Dana to do a USA vs. Brazil season. He picks his fighters, the ones he believes are the best of the United States, and I’ll pick Brazil’s bests,” he suggested. “There’s no reason why he should coach our (Brazilian) fighters, but I want to pick our fighters. Let’s ask the boss (UFC President Dana White), send him a message on Twitter asking for that.”
We’ll have to wait and see if UFC President Dana White has a favorable response to Silva’s request. If he does, it would certainly be the first time that TUF: Brazil would feature a USA vs. Brazil competition. In the past, both TUF: Brazil seasons have featured exclusively Brazilian fighters with the exception of one Argentinean: Santiago Ponzinibbio.
The hatred between Sonnen and Silva has been boiling for about two years now. So many fans were pleased to hear that the two will finally be facing off in 2014. The fact that Sonnen most recently defeated Silva’s former teammate Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the first round via guillotine choke definitely raises the temperature in the already boiling kettle pot. However, Sonnen currently needs to worry about another dangerous opponent prior to his battle with the Brazilian MMA legend.
Sonnen is expected to face off against fellow American wrestler Rashad Evans on November 16th at UFC 167. Evans is widely recognized to be among the top 10 light heavyweights in the world, so beating “Suga” would certainly add an impressive notch under Sonnen’s belt. After his fight with Evans, Sonnen will be free to focus all of his attention on Silva.