Contrasting Motivations: What the Spider Promised Then and Now | UFC NEWS
In the lead up to their first encounter, Chael Sonnen unleashed an onslaught of verbal abuse against the champion, antagonizing him with a wealth of criticisms and insults. Remarks ranged from the legitimacy of Silva’s opponents, to statements vilifying his character, and to accusations of him being a phony. These assaults were not only limited to Anderson Silva, however, as Silva’s intimate family and friends quickly discovered that they were not off limits to Sonnen’s tirade.
In one of his comments, Sonnen targeted Silva’s revered mentors, the Nogueira brother’s, stating, “[Anderson Silva’s] got a black belt under the Nogueira’s. I think a black belt under the Nogueira’s is like saying, like, I got a free toy in my Happy Meal. I don’t really understand what the big deal is. One of ‘em’s a punching bag, and the other one I just ignore; he’s really irrelevant.”
While most of Sonnen’s attempts to provoke Silva were seemingly unsuccessful, the statements attacking the credibility of his masters seemed to ignite some emotion in the champion.
In the documentary Like Water, a film that offers an intimate glimpse into the life of middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Silva acknowledges the disrespectful remarks expressed by Sonnen and makes a promise to Minotauro.
Anderson Silva- “Listen to me, I’m going to make him tap out.”
Minotauro Nogueira- “No, you’re going to knock him out.”
Anderson Silva- “No, I will submit him.”
In entering his bout with Sonnen, Silva entered the octagon attired in a full gi for the first time in his career and seemed determined to make a point, represent Nogueira jiu-jitsu. Although Silva met heavy resistance from a relentless challenger in Chael Sonnen, he did fulfill his promise and walked away with a dramatic submission victory in the closing minutes of the fifth round. His underlying motivations were made even more evident as he triumphantly held his black belt in the air during his celebration and during his post fight interview where he exclaimed, “Nogueira brothers, jiu jitsu!”
This time around, Silva’s motivations seem a bit more malevolent in nature.
Recently in a media conference call, the usually respectful reserved Silva snapped and made vocal his intentions.
“Listen, from the bottom, the top, the side, on our feet… I’m going to beat him again. This time he’s gonna get beat up! Beat up! The small talk is over. When we get inside the cage, he’s gonna swallow every one of his teeth. I’m gonna rip tooth from tooth from his mouth. Every one of them! After I finish, a lot of people are going to be scared about the path that our sport is going to take. I’m dedicated, focused, prepared, and most of all, on a mission to make something that anybody did before at the UFC: break every single bone of Sonnen’s body. He’s gonna walk out with his face broken, arms broken, legs broken. I’m gonna break him up entirely. He’s listening. He’s gonna get his ass kicked. He’s gonna get a beatdown. He’ll need a stretcher to get out from the octagon!”
The Spider was successful in keeping his promise in their first bout, but if these are the intentions motivating him for his rematch, what can we expect?