— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) September 14, 2016
The pair first met back in 2010, in the main event of UFC 117. On that night, Sonnen dominated four and a half rounds of their five-round fight, only to be tapped out by a triangle armbar as the bout’s final seconds melted off the clock.
Two years later, after a legendary war of words, the two fighters would meet again. This time around, the result was much more decisive, as Silva scored a second-round TKO after a Sonnen spinning attack backfired.
Today, Silva is no longer the middleweight champion. The legendary striker is currently on a disappointing four-fight losing streak, with a no contest against Nick Diaz in the middle of that stretch.
Sonnen, meanwhile, is now enjoying his retirement, making ends meet as a podcast host, commentator for World Series of Fighting, and analyst for ESPN.
Yet it appears we might be in for Silva vs. Sonnen 3 – though not in the way you’d imagine.
On Tuesday night, Sonnen took to Twitter with the video above, which shows his young son decked out in hand wraps, whacking a punching bag. Along with the video, Sonnen addressed Silva with the caption: I heard you son is training. Should we set a date?
This of course, is a joke on Sonnen’s part. While his son is only a toddler, Silva’s is much older, and from the looks of it, could become a very dangerous fighter in the future.
Do you think Chael Sonnen will ever emerge from retirement, and if so, might he fight Anderson Silva a third time? Sound off, PENN nation!