Remember that face-to-face meeting that Chael Sonnen said he was having with Anderson Silva last week? We assumed they were meeting to put together their rematch and not sitting down to have a beer and shoot the sh*t, but apparently we thought wrong.
Speaking to SB Nation’s Jeff Gluck at the NASCAR race Silva attended this past weekend, Silva explained that no date or location has been set for the rematch, but if Sonnen wants the fight, he’ll have to go to Brazil to get it.
“There’s no date, there’s nothing set up,” Soares said. “That’s what (Sonnen) is saying he wants. But when Dana White decides and when the UFC decides…right now, there’s nothing set.”
“I don’t like this guy,” he said. “This guy (wants to) fight me? Go to Brazil. No problem. … Chael talks too much. I’m ready to fight Chael. But you have the chance – go to Brazil to fight me.”
For the record, there hasn’t been any confirmation yet that the meeting actually took place or if there was ever a meeting set in the first place. This is Chael Sonnen we’re talking about after all. I think we’ve all learned we can’t take everything he says at face value.
More interestingly, when Silva was questioned about his frazzled relationship with his manager Ed Soares, Silva said that it remains a “big problem.” Funny thing was Silva said this with Soares standing right next to him!
“It’s a problem,” Silva told MMA Nation on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, where he was an honorary official for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. “It’s a big problem. I don’t like the picture, I don’t like the position my manager (was in). Big problem. I don’t like it.”
It’s worth noting, however, that Silva said this with Soares standing right next to him. When it was pointed out that Soares was there, Silva offered a hint of a smile but stuck to his original statement.
“It’s a problem,” he said. “Bad position.”
It may be a big problem, but Soares is clearly still his manager if he’s attending special appearances with him so he at least has that going for him.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the whole picture incident though is that Soares has yet to publicly address the situation. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s guilty of fraternizing with the enemy, but you would think he would have said something by now or at least repaired his relationship with Silva if there was a reasonable explanation for the photo.