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"Vitor Belfort pulls out of more fights than he agrees to. He's fantastic, but he's such a chicken and he's such a liar. To say you're going to fight, to sell tickets, to sign your name, to film the TV show, and then to pull out? Against an invalid? That's insane. It's shocking they're able to say that with a straight face. My opinion of Wanderlei is constantly evolving, because as atrocious as he is skills-wise, he shows up and fights. He goes hard in spite of the lack of talent and gives the fans his best.... Vitor's a dork, but he's a tough fighter, man. I really think he's an excellent fighter."
-- Guess who? Chael Sonnen doesn't intend to miss his upcoming rematch with Anderson Silva at UFC 148 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 7, 2012. In fact, he claims he hasn't missed a fight -- or a wrestling match -- since his journey began nearly 30 years ago. And he just doesn't get it when his peers withdraw from fights, especially with a "maximum duration" of just 25 minutes. He even tells MMAFighting.com that fighters who can't satisfy their contractual obligations, injured or not, should be penalized with with an "L" on their professional mixed martial arts (MMA) records. To illustrate his point, Sonnen talks about the recent UFC 147 fight card catastrophe, which completely fell apart when his fight with "The Spider" was relocated and then Belfort broke his hand. That was just the tip of a very large, an remarkably soft, iceberg. Sonnen actually delivers a few backhanded compliments this time around, however, it's still pretty clear that he intends to antagonize the entire Brazilian MMA contingent, contending that they -- including Silva -- live in Beverly Hills and only "go back anytime they can reach into those guys' pockets, but the reality is they're Americans." At least one of those "Americans" will get the chance to silence Sonnen on Independence Day weekend on the biggest stage imaginable in "Sin City." Sounds more like a
n American dream.