Former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen was a recent guest on The MMA Hour where he told Ariel Helwani that he personally saved ‘TUF Brazil 3’ by showing opposing coach Wanderlei Silva his bank account.
“The Axe Murderer” denied Sonnen’s recent claims in a video posted to Facebook, where he credited his coach Rafael Cordeiro as being the individual who convinced him to return to the TUF gym. Here is what Silva had to say (as transcribed by Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting):
“There was a report this week about my archrival Sonnen telling stories from TUF, telling lies. He’s unbelievable,” Silva said. “He comes here and tells a story that didn’t happen. When the show started, my first act was to tell him ‘turn to the camera and apologize for everything you said about this country or I won’t work with you’. And he said ‘I won’t apologize, I really think this is a sh—y country, and I won’t apologize’.
“I left, and started talking to the production when my coach, Rafael Cordeiro, came to me and said: ‘Wanderlei, here’s the deal, you will be able to answer this guy the way you like, inside the rind. You will beat him up. Go back and do the show not for him, but for the athletes’. I respect my master, and I said ‘master, you’re right’. And he comes and says he showed me his bank account. What is this?”
Silva continued by issuing the following challenge to “The American Gangster”:
“Sonnen, you’re a pu—y,” Silva said. “You’re hiding behind the UFC contract, you’re still tied to this event. I was able to let myself free and will fight in other promotions. This year, God willing, I will come back. And I’ll tell you this, we’re in different promotions, but we live in the same world. I don’t accept anyone telling lies about me. I can go there and put my hand in your face, you punk.
“When your archrival is talking trash, that’s one of the things that motivate you the most. I challenge you. If you can’t fight MMA, I challenge Sonnen to do any type of fight that involves punches in the face. If you want it, come get it.”
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