Anderson Silva turned the mixed martial arts (MMA) world on its head this past Monday with his choice words for rival Chael Sonnen, even catching those closest to him completely off guard. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
It looks like Chael Sonnen and the media weren't the only people UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva caught off guard when he exploded with venomous words for archrival Chael Sonnen earlier this week on the UFC 148 conference call.
Even long-time manager and translator Ed Soares had no idea what was coming.
Speaking via UOL Esporte, Soares explained what went down:
"That was a surprise for me, I was not expecting that sort of attitude from Anderson. Only Anderson can explain the reason to have spoken what he did. It was what was on his mind and he spoke his mind out but only he and God know what occurred"
So why, after all this time of showing respect and trying to let his fighting do the talking for him, has the Brazilian pound-for-pound king finally been set off?
Soares has a theory:
"Anderson is very serious. He is going to blow this guy up. Anderson has never had such attitude but Sonnen overstepped the limit and now will pay for what he has said."
Sonnen had previously mocked Silva's fighting style, his country, his trainers, his sense of fashion, his lack of English, his competition, his friends and even his wife.
I suppose if you poke the bear enough, he's finally going to bare his teeth and maul you.
When Silva went off, it wasn't about insults, it was about pain.
The UFC middleweight champion has now promised to knock out Sonnen's teeth, beat him like his parents should have, make him get plastic surgery and force him to not be able to leave the Octagon under his own power because he's going to break his legs and arms.
Will "The Spider" actually be able to deliver? I suppose we'll find out on July 7 in Las Vegas.