Wanderlei tells Sonnen: You messed with wrong guy
MANILA, Philippines – Future MMA hall of famer Wanderlei Silva blasted Chael Sonnen, adding that he’s ready to take on the former middleweight contender any place, any time.
The “Axe Murderer” denied turning his back on Sonnen, saying his fans wanted to see the fight.
“I'm only waiting for the date and the location. Because the people want this fight and I want this fight,” said Silva in a video posted on MMA Fighting. “Sonnen, I will beat you up, you coward.”
According to Silva, Sonnen remains a “low-level fighter.” despite the Oregon native ability to hype up his fights.
“What is my differential, why do I have so many fans? It's because I fight will all my heart,” said the former PRIDE fighter. “I don't go in there to give up. Like Sonnen did against Jones in the very first round. Like he did against Anderson, when he took a knee to the chest and stayed down like a little girl. Sonnen is a lower level fighter.”
What particularly ticked off Silva was the way Sonnen called him out following his easy win over Mauricio Rua. Fresh from a submission win over Rua, the self-styled bad boy of UFC insulted Silva.
"Wanderlei Silva, 6-feet tall, 205 pounds. Boy, until I met you, I didn't know they could stack crap that high," Sonnen had said.
“Now you've messed with the wrong guy and I will beat you up,” was Silva’s reaction.
Silva’s statement ran contrary to earlier reports indicating that he thumbed down the offer to meet Sonnen in the Octagon.
UFC president Dana White was earlier quoted as saying by MMA Fighting that Silva wanted a share in pay-per-view earnings for the Sonnen bout.
"[Silva] said he won't fight him unless he gets PPV [points],” said White. “So I guess he's gonna retire."