There wasn’t anything to critique about Anderson Silva’s performance at UFC 126, but you had to figure if anyone was going to say something bad about it, it would be Chael Sonnen. And oh look, he did.
“Thank you, Anderson, for revealing yet another weakness for me to exploit in our rematch. Beating that poor punching bag doesn’t impress Uncle Chael, guy. You tipped your hand like a chump poker player at a $5 table in Atlantic City. You may have beaten Vitor, but in the process, you LOST your edge. By beating that husk, you gave me the last page of your playbook. Revel in your time, [because] it ENDS the night you face me. I will mow you down like autumn wheat, AGAIN.”
In true Chael fashion, the verbal jabs he takes at Vitor Belfort are a complete 180 from what he said about him nearly one year ago.
“I hope Anderson (Silva) wins (at UFC 112) because I think Vitor (Belfort) is a lot tougher fighter. If I had to choose between the two, I’m going to take the low road and take the easier opponent to the championship… I really do think Vitor Belfort, in truth, has never lost a fight in the stand-up realm,” Sonnen said. “The blueprint to beat Vitor is out there, but it’s not to stand up with him.”
So in a span of a year, Vitor went from the better fighter to a “poor punching bag?” Yep, that sounds like Chael Sonnen.
The funny thing is for all his talk about Silva’s weaknesses (that to his credit Sonnen did exploit at UFC 117), it was the same weakness Sonnen’s opponents have been exploiting for years that cost him the title at UFC 117.
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