Chael Sonnen talks a big game. On Saturday night we will find out whether or not he can back it up inside the cage at UFC 117 against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. Since arriving in the UFC, Anderson Silva has racked up a flawless 11-0 record including six straight successful title defenses and at one time was considered one of the most exciting fighters on the planet. However since that time it seems as if Silva is bored inside the octagon. His last two fights have been jokes. He has spent more time dancing, showboating, and mocking his opponent than actually trying to fight him. If Silva doesn’t take this fight seriously he could be in for a long night against a game opponent. Sonnen is cocky, he is brash, and his mouth never stops running, but he also happens to be the number one contender to strip Silva of his belt.
Chael Sonnen joined KJR in Seattle with Ian Furness to talk about how he feels entering his fight against Anderson Silva, what his game plan will be against Silva, and why he feels so confident that he can beat him.
On how he feels heading into the fight:
“I’m sore, I’m tired, I’m under the weather, and I’m still tough enough to beat this guy.”
On why he feels so confident heading into the fight:
“I wouldn’t even say that’s true. There’s all sorts of insecurities and you never know what’s going to happen. I can win this fight, he can win it too. That’s why we have to go out and do the fight. To act as though Anderson somehow has the right to the championship, that’s just silly. There’s plenty of guys that can beat him. I’m just one of them.”
On his game plan heading into the fight with Anderson Silva:
“I’ve fought 41 men and none of them have out-struck me. He’s fought a whole bunch of men and nobody has out grappled him. As much as he and I keep telling everybody that I gotta get it down, he’s gotta keep it up, we both know that’s not true. 100 percent of the fights start on the feet and 80 percent of the fights end up on the ground. I’m prepared for anything, but no I don’t have to get him down and once he goes down he’s not gonna be lost there either. He knows what he’s doing out there.”
On what he thought of Silva’s last fight:
“I can only stomach more than 50 percent. I watched more than half the fight, but I kinda watched the fight. Watching that guy fight is about as exciting as watching paint dry. But I don’t fault him. He’s got these tactics, they’re unsportsmanlike and all those things, but at the end of the day he’s gonna do whatever strategy he finds gives him the best chance for success and I’m gonna do the same thing. If he’s not fun to watch or he is fun to watch, who cares. Whether it’s the tough Anderson or the worst Anderson, either Anderson is coming in second on Saturday night.”
On how he feels about Anderson Silva:
“I do not like him and I make no apology for it. (Host: Why not?) Pink t-shirts, crooked hats, and earring. Do the math from there.”