Anderson Silva has virtually kept quiet for the past two years during Chael Sonnen's frequent verbal attacks. While it seems Sonnen takes every chance available to bash the Brazilian, Silva has finally had enough and let it be known on Monday.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship hosted a UFC 148 media conference call this afternoon, which included headliners Silva and Sonnen, as well as Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin. From the start, however, it was clear that it would be the Anderson Silva show for the next half hour.
"First of all, Chael is a criminal," Silva said through his manager and translator Ed Soares. "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."
Over the next 30 minutes, Silva grew audibly angrier when prodded with questions regarding his longtime nemesis.
"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. I'm going to beat him maybe the way his parents should have beaten him to teach him some manners."
Silva then launched into one final tirade before dropping from the conference call.
"There's going to be no difference in the end," Silva concluded. "The first
time we fought he stepped out the loser. And he's going to step out
losing again this time. The only difference is this time, he’s going to
have to go see a plastic surgeon after the fight.
"And I know that he's listening, so the game's over. No more shit-talking. It's on now."
An unusually quiet Sonnen gave a short response before too dropping off the call.
"Tell him I've got two words for him: medium rare," Sonnen said in reference to an earlier interview where he said he wanted Silva's wife to make him a steak.
"I honestly don't know what else Anderson could say," said UFC president Dana White before abruptly ending the call.
Silva and Sonnen will meet in the main event of UFC 148 on July 7 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the co-headliner, Forrest Griffin meets Tito Ortiz in "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy's" final Octagon appearance.
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