Anderson Silva expands on his close relationship with both the Nogueira brothers. He partially credits them with his continued MMA success.
We all heard Chael Sonnen’s arbitrary 24 hour timeline he issue to Wanderlei Silva last week. Unsurprisingly, Silva didn’t respond to Sonnen directly, but Wandy gave Ariel Helwani his take on Chael Sonnen.
Wanderlei Silva appeared on “UFC Tonight” Tuesday to respond to Chael Sonnen’s recent remarks.
The feud between Silva and Sonnen has been on-going for quite some time now, and it appears as if the only way to settle it is inside the Octagon.
While Sonnen issued a deadline for Silva to accept his challenge, “The Axe Murderer” remarked that no contract has been presented to him. Of course, that wasn’t all he had to say.
Jon Jones and Anderson Silva have been too nice to Chael. I want to suck his blood. I want to smell it. Not just fight – I want to hurt him. Chael is a joke, man. He’s going to be second forever. He’s never going to be first.
Sonnen, as co-host of the show, was given a chance to respond:
I think the real breaking news there is that Wanderlei Silva put together a coherent sentence that somebody understood. But I can assure you, Wanderlei, I will not be signing a contract for you to suck on any part of me. I suggest you go to a bath and find yourself.
Doesn’t it just seem like these two HAVE to fight in the near future?
This fan made promo showcases a fight we’d all love to see between Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. This guy does good work; he could give nicktheface a run for his money if he keeps work like this flowing.
Rogerio Camoes, one of Anderson Silva’s trainers, believes the UFC middleweight champion should face Jon Jones.
Camoes, however, sees it more as a culminating bout in the career of “The Spider.”
“I would like to see this fight against Jones,” said Camoes, during a recent interview with Tatame. “I wanted to see this as his last career fight. He wins and retires.”
While Silva recently agreed to a 10-fight extension with the UFC and seems intent on fulfilling that obligation, the window to meet the UFC light heavyweight champion is likely closing by the day.
Jones seems poised on one more 205-pound fight before heading up to the ranks of heavyweight.
Wanderlei Silva didn’t let the 24-hour deadline set by Chael Sonnen expire, though, he also didn’t technical confirm the fight.
Sonnen made it clear he wants Silva for his next bout, and it appears as if “The Axe Murderer” is down, as well.
Just wait!!! Estou so Esperando!!!
— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) May 10, 2013
Sonnen had previously called out Silva, and proceeded to issue a 24-hour deadline for the former PRIDE champion to accept.
Silva defeated Brian Stann earlier this year, while Sonnen lost to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Chris Weidman has every right to be upset about the general lack of interest in his fight with Anderson Silva, but he’s not. I really like his attitude about this. Fans still seem more interested in Silva fighting just about anybody but Weidman. I’m guilty of this too; my ears perk up anytime I hear something about Silva/GSP or Silva/Jones, Silva/Weidman not so much. In all seriousness, that’s not fair to Weidman.
As UFC 160 draws near, we take a took at Glover Teixeira and James Te Huna and listen to what they expect from each other and themselves.
And they are… both good and bad. UFC 159 featuring Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones sold an estimated 520,000-555,000 pay-per-view buys. That number is good enough for the second highest selling pay-per-view of the year. When comparing numbers from 2010, the number isn’t that great but considering that the UFC nowadays is struggling to put together consistently high-selling cards, I’m sure that they are pretty happy with the number.
Still, considering in the last three years there are only seven cards that sold more than UFC 159, all in all in was a good number. I can’t say that I didn’t expect something more with the combination of a season of The Ultimate Fighter and Chael Sonnen’s antics but the marketing for UFC 159 wasn’t all that great. In fact, the main promo for Sonnen’s second fight with Anderson Silva ended with the exact same words as the promo for UFC 159: “Beat me, if you can.” That being said, Chael Sonnen drew better than every other Jon Jones opponent except for Rashad Evans. And it is still way above the average buy-rate of 450,000 buys over the past three years.
Maybe I’m thinking about the numbers incorrectly. Maybe I should just accept that today’s public isn’t quite as interested in specific UFC pay-per-views because there are so many nowadays that people have to make very clear choices as to which ones to buy. Very few people can afford to shell out $59.99 for the amount of pay-per-views that are aired in today’s day in age. In the UFC’s golden age of 2010, they reached a perfect balance of matchmaking and hype, properly spacing out each card to properly market and develop hype. So the days of averaging 600,000 buy event are long gone.
All in all it was a successful card but I can’t help but think they could have achieved a little more. Then again, maybe people saw through the squash match and decided they could catch the highlights. Or maybe some people figured they’d rather watch Mayweather fight then watch Jones beat down a middleweight.
Chael Sonnen has made it clear: he wants Wanderlei Silva for his next fight.
Sonnen, who has called out “The Axe Murderer” for several years, took to Twitter late Wednesday night and issued a deadline for the former PRIDE champion to accept his challenge.
Wand- you have 24 hours to accept. If you do, I will donate 10% of my purse to help schools in your hometown of Curitiba .. I mean, VEGAS.
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) May 9, 2013
Sonnen has constantly referenced Silva’s decision to live and train in the U.S. and not Brazil.
As of now, no response yet from Silva in regards to the challenge. Rumors have the fight going down in August from Boston on the debut FOX Sports 1 card.