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Sonnen Talks Weird Confrontation With Silva in Van

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It’s one of the most famous confrontations in MMA history. Wand calmly threatens Chael Sonnen for suggesting the Nogueira brothers tried to feed a carrot to a bus. It looks at first glance like Chael gets punked, but there is a degree of confusion on Sonnen’s face, and during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, The Gangster from Oregon explained why.

Sonnen said the pair had previously enjoyed a reasonable relationship. They sparred amiably at Ultimate Couture once and Silva offered some striking advice. Chael attended the grand opening of Silva’s gym in Vegas.

“He was just a great guy,” said Sonnen.

Then they spent the day together, and at the end, Silva confronted Sonnen.

“He was doing this whole thing and I was like, ‘Wanderlei, this is really weird,’” said Sonnen, as transcribed byMarc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “Because first of all, you’re telling me off, which is a little bit — that’s rude. Second, we’ve spent the whole day together. We’re in a van, man. Are you trying to start a fight with me in a van’ … And third, you brought the cameraman.”

“It’s like, ‘Hey, well then game on, man.’ I appreciate you looking after me that one day, but if this is the way you want to go, I’m a fighter, too.”

The pair were matched as opposing coaches on TUF Brazil, but irked Sonnen was that Silva wouldn’t be the good guy.

 

“The script is written,” said Sonnen. “I’m the bad guy. You be the white knight. You come save your country and we’ll go fight this out on pay per view. This is really obvious. But if you bully me while I’m alone, it’s gonna have the reverse effect.”

It had the reverse effect – Sonnen ended up being cheered by the Brazilian crowd, and Wand was booed.

Now the pair are finally scheduled to fight at Bellator 180 on June 24, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, live on PPV. And Silva called into the show.

 

“I have two balls, he has two balls,” Silva said. “Let’s prove that. … I want to beat you so bad.”

Sonnen didn’t reply, perhaps uncertain if it was really Silva.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Sonnen. “I didn’t know what to say this whole thing.”

That’s a first.

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Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.