Recent reports have confirmed that former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (33-5) has declined his ex-rival Chael Sonnen’s (28-14-1) invitation to be an assistant coach on this upcoming season of TUF: Brazil. However, Silva maintained the reason for his rejection of Sonnen’s offer has nothing to do with their past, and he added that helping Sonnen would even be beneficial to the sport.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, “The Spider” explained that the reason he turned Sonnen down had to do with geography.
“It is true – I did get invited,” the former middleweight champ told MMAjunkie via translator. “But unfortunately, I’m not in Brazil, so I’m not going to be able to go down there and help.”
“But I think for the sport, it would be something that will be great, especially because the guys competing are all Brazilian, so it would be good to go on either team and help them.”
Silva won’t be in Brazil for the filming of the upcoming season. The thirty-eight year old mixed martial arts legend has actually taken up residence in Los Angeles for several years now and will be busy training for his rematch against Chris Weidman (10-0).
Weidman upset Silva at UFC 162 when he knocked him out in the second round — handing him his first loss since 2006. UFC President Dana White granted Silva an immediate rematch and scheduled it for the end of this year at UFC 168. The co-main event of the evening will feature the long anticipated matchup between TUF coaches Ronda Rousey (7-0) and Miesha Tate (13-4) for the women’s bantamweight title.
UFC 168 takes place on December 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.