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Anderson Silva On Chael Sonnen: ‘He’s A Wrestler, He Doesn’t Know How To Respect People’

Seems like UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva may have provoked a response he wasn’t intending to provoke during the special press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Tuesday.

Silva’s title contest with Chael Sonnen has been moved from UFC 147 in Brazil to UFC 148 in Las Vegas. The champion wasn’t all-too-pleased with the switch, and wasn’t real happy with Sonnen’s antics, either.

When I started training martial arts I learned about respect. Sonnen doesn’t know martial arts. He’s a wrestler, he doesn’t know how to respect people. Some say he’s promoting the fight, but he disrespected my country, my family and fans.

Sonnen poked fun at Silva’s friend and training partner, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, during the press conference. Sonnen put on a fake pair of glasses, complete with a plastic nose, and said he wore them to enter Brazil.

This rematch has all the makings of what the Jon Jones-Rashad Evans bout didn’t; explosion. Silva will not just sit around and let Sonnen survive any big shots, while Sonnen is going to do all he can do put “The Spider” on the mat and keep him there.

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Fight Cards

Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen

Event Date: January 21, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

Bellator 171: Guillard vs. Njokuani

Event Date: January 27, 2017
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena

Event Date: January 28, 2017
Broadcast: Fox

UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie

Event Date: February 4, 2017
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 208: Holm Vs. De Randamie

Event Date: February 11, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione

Event Date: February 18, 2017
Broadcast: Spike