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Thursday, 07/05/2012, 08:21 pm

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?


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25 Responses to “Contrasting Motivations: What the Spider Promised Then and Now | UFC NEWS”

  1. This fight is so hyped it’s guaranteed to be a huge dud.

    • mmaislandjunkie says:

      i agree, and the only reason it will be a dud is becuz chaels gonna get ktfo within 2 rounds.

      • dom says:

        L O L you know for a fact andersons gonna get his ass beat up again

        • lol again… smh Chael was in worse shape at the end of the first match.. lookitup

        • Xaninho says:

          Why do you Sonnen fanboys always keep insisting Anderson got ‘his ass beaten up’ ? Sonnen was juiced up, allowed on top for 4 rounds and threw 300 pitterpatter babyslaps. Anderson walked away without a mark on his face while Sonnen’s face looked like it went through a meatgrinder!

          4 rounds on top! 300 ‘strikes’! And still TOO WEAK to finish the job. Chael Sonnen and his decision grindgame are WEAK.

        • C says:

          Well said

        • MartelW says:

          Correction, Sonnen was on top of Silva for nearly “5” not 4 rounds. Lets not forget Silva submitted him with only half a minute left in the fight.

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          wow i think i might just be nostradamus! nah i just know chael sucks.

  2. mean170 says:

    Chael was at his absolute best with 17 men worth of testosterone. Chael was in his best position(on top using ground and pound) for 23 minutes… And he still got choked out. Sonnen can’t finish fights(yeah i know he choked out Brian Stann, big fucking deal). All Anderson does is finish fights. Either K.O, TKO, or Submission; we will still see the same outcome as the first bout. Silva defends title again, and there will be another victim in the 185lb division placed in front of him 6 months from now. All Anderson Silva fights are boring, they have the same outcome.

    • Nuitari X says:

      Yeah cause WINNING by KO, TKO, or SUBMISSION is boring and 23 minutes of pitter-patter ground and pound, or lay and praying to a decision is exciting right? Some people, I swear.

      • mean170 says:

        There was just a bit of sarcasm in there. You may have missed it. Some people, I swear….

        • WrestlingRules says:

          Yah that @N…..X is a real douchebag. He talks bad about his in-laws and disrespects his wife. He is a failure to his family and to his community. Plus has no personality and is a HUGE hypocrite. A real sociopath. His wife will be leaving him soon. He is probably a homosexual as well. But you know, if he could only get a sense of humor, he just might make it through.

  3. dom says:

    chaels gonna win stop crying cuz its gonna happen

  4. Nick says:

    Has anyone but Maia made to the last bell with Anderson in the UFC

  5. Magoo says:

    How could you forget the thrilling Thales Leites fight….=D

  6. Xaninho says:

    He’s going to take a book out of JDS’ page. Anderson will outbox Sonnen and stuff his takedowns.

  7. CombatRusse says:

    In my opinion, this article makes a good point.

    The will of Anderson to submit Chael during their first bout, is may be what made Chael takedowns look so easy with almost no resistance nor sprawl from the champ

    I know that this is a low probabilitity but if it’s true, it says so much about the pride of Anderson.
    And this rematch will be simply SCARY

    Anyway, I can’t wait to see it

    • Xaninho says:

      It is exactly what I’ve been saying from day one. Anderson was practically offering his leg. He wanted to get it to the ground, he wanted to submit him and make him eat his words.

      He could have tried to take Sonnen down, but the easiest way is just letting Sonnen do what he always does and lure him in your guard.

  8. Mike b says:

    I will break yo face monkey…wow!ive never heard Anderson talk like that.i know people think chael’s in his head and that silva will fight with his emotions and make mistakes,I understand completely but chael’s in fucking trouble.

  9. danielrchargers says:

    all i gotta say about this article.

  10. WrestlingRules says:

    I have a challenge for all you Silva zombies. Have any of you ever played sports or fought or competed against someone else? For those that respond, I take it you have. Since when did someone you competed against that got so mad at you for getting in their head EVER beat you??? I want to hear from someone that used a mental game to get an edge and that person lost it by getting mad and it DIDN’T give you the edge but gave the edge to the one that got mad???!! Or did you get so happy KNOWING that this person is going to make mistakes because of they lost it emotionally??? So which one are you?

    • I play tennis as well as train in kickboxing and jiu jitsu and in my experience I have found that getting emotional or mad has often increased my adrenaline levels, but has an adverse effect on my focus and critical thinking. Likewise, getting emotional whether positive or negative also usually result in burnout and can also wear you out, at least for me. I think it would benefit a competitor to get his opponent emotionally involved while abstaining himself so that you can improve your focus and at the same time make your opponent lose his.

      • WrestlingRules says:

        I always loved it when my opponent got mad at me, because I ALWAYS have the edge. Calm guys like Sonnen were ALWAYS dangerous. Anger gives you a brief false sense of strength that makes a person stupid. Anybody else have different experiences?

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