After an irate Anderson Silva finally broke out of his shell and unleashed a barrage of strong words toward bitter rival Chael Sonnen during a UFC 148 media conference call, the mixed martial arts (MMA) community was stunned to hear the usually quiet and reserved "Spider" talk the way he did.
With Sonnen usually being the one doing all the pre-fight "trash talk," Silva decided he had enough of the "American Gangster's" insulting comments and promised that he would break his arms and legs and kick all of his teeth out in the process.
Very un-Silva like.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Anderson's friend and training partner, for one, is happy that Silva responded the way he did and feels that Chael only became popular due to all of his talking and disrespecting of other fighters.
Not for his great fighting skills.
Rodrigo is another Brazilian who's been a victim of Sonnen's sharp tongue in the past so for him, it was high time that someone finally gave him a little taste of his own medicine.
Speaking to Tatame, Nogueira gives his thoughts on the upcoming match-up between the top two middleweights in the world and says that should Anderson live up to his promise and knock Sonnen's teeth out, he would like to grab one as a memento.
Check it out:
"I wanna grab one of Sonnen's teeth. The guy's disrespectful. They way he advertises himself is a wrong way of advertising, it's disrespectful. He does those warm fights. He's a tough fighter, a super athlete, but his kind of fight doesn't sell, doesn't convince, he's not a dangerous striker nor a submitter. Where he gets his popularity from? Talking. He's a guy who says bad things about countries, the athlete, Anderson's wife, the way he dresses... He gets into things that doesn't matter. If he said he was going to beat Anderson and explained how I guess it was okay, but he gets into personal stuff and that's a mistake. Anderson did good on responding to him."
"Big" Nog" went on to give his opinion on why he believes Sonnen is so obsessed or "traumatized" with Brazilians and says that he believes this time Silva will get the knockout win:
"He's gotta try. Pexao is a very good Jiu-Jitsu guy and has got to improve his triangles. He was submitted by Demian, Sobral, Paulo, Anderson, Jeremy Horn... I guess he says bad things about Jiu-Jitsu and Brazil because of that: he's traumatized by Brazilians' ground game. He's good on the ground, knows who to defend himself and Jiu-Jitsu. He trains with Brazilians. How did he learn that? Were he born with natural Jiu-Jitsu skills? He says bad things about Brazil and Jiu-Jitsu but trains it. He wants to improve his flaws but it won't happen this time. I guess there's a knockout to come this time".
Nogueira is still riding the pine due to a broken arm he suffered at the hands of Frank Mir at UFC 140 and was scheduled to make his comeback at UFC 149 on July 21, 2012 against Cheick Kongo, but felt he wasn’t fully ready to return to action.
In the meantime, Nogueira will be rooting for his Countrymen as Anderson defends his UFC middleweight title for the second time against Sonnen at UFC 148 this Saturday (July 7, 2012) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And he'll be looking for a memento in the form of one of Sonnen's teeth in the process.