The UFC hosted a media conference call to help promote UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 on Monday, inviting UFC president Dana White, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen, Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin.
However, from the time Silva was asked his first question, it became very apparent that “The Spider” was all anybody wanted to hear speak.
Instead of remaining in his usual calm and cool speaking self, Silva went on the offensive – even if it was in his native language and needed to be translated by Ed Soares.
Silva repeatedly said he was going to “break” Sonnen’s face, arms and legs, adding, “he’s not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself.”
Sonnen was the more relaxed fighter of the two, as he uttered a few words here and there, including a smooth one-liner of “medium-rare” in reference to past comments made about Silva’s wife cooking him a steak.
But, the highlight was Silva.
He went on to say, “Chael Sonnen’s going to get his (expletive) kicked like he’s never done before.” Adding, “I am going to beat him maybe the way his parents should have beat him.”
In channeling his inner Frank Mir (Mir once said he wanted to kill Brock Lesnar), Silva had the following to say:
“I’m going to break his arms, legs; he’s not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself. What I’m going to do inside the Octagon is going to change the image of the sport.”
White said he had never heard Silva talk in this tone before, citing several instances where Silva is usually respectful towards his opponent. This time, that was not the case at all.
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