With the most impressive win in his career at UFC 109, Chael Sonnen looks like he might be next in line for a middleweight title shot. Even UFC President Dana White said before he bullied his way through Nate Marquardt, that the winner would face the champion.
All signs are pointing in the right direction for the Team Quest standout; just don’t tell Anderson Siva‘s manager Ed Soares that.
In a recent conversation with sportsnet.ca, Soares said this of Sonnen, “We are fine if this is what the UFC wants, but if you look at this logistically, Sonnen should fight Demian Maia first. Demian beat up easily, by submission, so why not make them fight first, to determine who gets a shot at the title?.”
In past interviews, Sonnen, never short on words, referred to himself as “the alpha male” in the middleweight division and said Siva knew who the real “bully” was. He’s also been quoted as saying Silva’s “fifteen minutes of fame” were up, and out of Silva or Belfort, Sonnen would prefer Anderson because it would be “an easier route” to the title.
“There’s not much to say about that,” stated Soares. “It’s funny, but really, who actually listens to what Chael Sonnen has to say? The only time people listen is when he talks about Anderson. Who is he, really? If you walk down the street and you mention his name, does anyone really know who this guy is? Likely not, but if you mention Anderson Silva, people know the name.”
Soares went on to say, “We’ve spoken with Chael on many occasions and have the utmost respect for him. He’s never really come across in this manner, and it’s obvious he’s just drumming up hype in hopes to get a bout with Anderson.”
Laughing, the Brazilian manager continued, “Chael’s also said a few things about Anderson’s choice of clothes and that he wears earrings, didn’t he? Sounds to us like he may have a crush on Anderson.”
As of now, only one thing is certain, Anderson Silva has to get by Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, before he starts thinking about Sonnen. The bout is scheduled for UFC 112 in April. The event will take place in Abu Dhabi and marks the first venture for the UFC in the Middle East.