OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 06: (L-R) UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva refuses to face off with opponent Chael Sonnen at the UFC 117 weigh-in at Oracle Arena on August 6 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
At this point, I think we can all be sure that Chael Sonnen is playing a character when someone shoves a microphone in front of his face. That means whatever is said within the context of said character should be taken as though it wasn't said at all.
That's the message mixed martial arts (MMA) manager Ed Soares is sending to the people of Brazil ahead of Sonnen's trip to the South American country for the upcoming UFC 147 event to take on Anderson Silva on June 23, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.
In short, Soares hopes fans let "The Spider" take care of all the heavy lifting (via portaldovaletudo.uol.com):
"Hopefully people will understand that they shouldn't do anything against Chael, just boo him. Let Anderson settle this with him in the Octagon. It will be very bad for Brazil if something happens to him. The guy is an idiot, but he is promoting the fight and it will be the greatest MMA fight of all time."
Essentially, let Sonnen keep running his mouth in character and Silva will kick his ass for real here in just another two months.
If you're thinking Soares is being a little melodramatic with his pleas, you may not remember that a Facebook page was set up calling for Brazilians to take matters into their own hands once he comes down to the country. Of course, nothing ever came of it and he's been there multiple times since then.
Still, let the fighters do the fighting and all that.