Chael Sonnen recently took some time out of his schedule while in preparations for his UFC 109 showdown with Nate Marquardt to address the current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, along with his perceived inability to speak English fluently.
“If he wants to leave the division, leave the sport, who cares,” said Sonnen in a recent conversation with MMA Weekly. “Beat it, nobody tunes in to watch him anyways, and his little fake ‘I don’t speak English.
“You want me to let you in on a secret, Anderson Silva speaks perfect English. He just has such a low amount of respect for you and all the rest of the media that he pretends he doesn’t. I’ve had conversations with Anderson Silva in perfect English, and on top of that he’s so boring to listen to that he and his rocket scientist manager, Ed Soares, who is also about as exciting as watching grass grow, have decided that Ed is better on the mic than Anderson, so just let Ed do the talking.
“It’s quite ironic that all the media comes on and talks about how great this guy is for reasons that are completely un-understandable to me. How great Anderson Silva is, and all of us fighters are in the back going, ‘jeez, they’re out there massaging his ego, Anderson hates them so much, he pretends he can’t understand them.”
The manager of Silva, Ed Soares, had this to say upon hearing Sonnen’s recent comments, “[Anderson] doesn’t speak perfect English. It’s definitely improving a lot and he can start to have a little bit more of a conversation with people, but at the end of the day when the lights are on and the camera is there, he likes to have someone next to him there to translate for him.”
In regards to why Sonnen would fire such verbal bullet’s in The Spider’s direction, Soares explained, “Chael’s not a dumb guy, he’s a pretty smart guy. I think no one will really pay attention to what he has to say unless he probably talks about Anderson.
“I don’t know what he’s doing, but I would be keeping my mouth shut and in the gym training, especially training his stand-up.”