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Chael Sonnen: “I would give everything I’ve got to be world champion for one night.”

It may not have been the full three-episode treatment but anyone who tuned in last night to catch the episode of UFC Primetime attached to next weekend’s title-fight between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and fierce rival Chael Sonnen caught a telling glimpse of each man preparing for their UFC 148 headliner. While Sonnen certainly cracked a few jokes at Silva’s expense, for the most part the silver-tongued scrapper seemed solely focused on fulfilling a dream by hoisting the belt up over his head at the end of the evening.

“I’ve been paying the price since I was nine years old when I started. I’ve sacrificed everything, and I would give everything I’ve got – everything, I’d give it all back – to be world champion for one night,” said Sonnen in the show’s opening.

Silva, on the other hand, appeared to be dead set on smashing Sonnen into a million pieces as he’d indicated during a recent conference call. Rather than talk around Sonnen, the Brazilian superstar addressed his foe directly at one point in the show.

“July 7, we’ll resolve this. July 7. All this will be done on the 7th, Chael Sonnen, and you can prove everything you’re saying,” explained Silva. “You’re trying the same as everyone else, and no one’s been successful for years. Even though you respect nobody’s country and you’re a crazy person, you’ll have another chance at me. Enjoy your chance. I have to go eat, okay? I need to go train so I can beat you down.”

Fortunately for fans who forgot about the show or lack Fuel TV, the UFC wasted little time in making the full episode available for online viewing.

Check out the commercial-free video below:

  • THEGUNNER says:

    It wouldnt be to bad with sonnen winning. Watching anderson silva in the mw mix again would be nice. A trilogy wouldnt be bad either.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    It would be interesting, especially to see if it’d make the MW division a little less stagnant. I don’t think it’d happen but in the long run I think it’d be the best for the division. Give other people a legit chance at getting the belt, and seeing if Silva can make the climb once again instead of just digging in and defending the top.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    By legit chance I don’t mean the people who are in line now are flukes or that their records have been padded, I just mean how many fighters right now can people actually look at and say you know he has a pretty good chance to beat the champ.


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