Chael Sonnen: Recent confrontation 'hazardous' for Wanderlei Silva, 'distraction' for Rashad Evans UFC 167 preparation

After more than four days of uncharacteristic silence, Chael Sonnen finally shares his side of the most recent Wanderlei Silva confrontation story.

Unsurprisingly, Chael Sonnen is not impressed with Wanderlei Silva and his latest cinematic performance. After getting Shanghai'd by the "dirt bag" in a van several years ago with camera rolling, Silva ambushed Sonnen again this past weekend at 2013 Olympia Fitness & Performance Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To watch Silva accost Sonnen at the tradeshow, as well as detail how he intends to beat up the "fearful loser," click here.

Sonnen, uncharacteristically, remained relatively mum about the dust up. Meanwhile, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White chalked it up to Silva acting like "the fucking 'Axe Murderer.'" On the most recent edition of "UFC Tonight" on FOX Sports 1, Sonnen finally provided his first detailed statement regarding the incident.

And he provided Silva with three bits of advice about his recent promotional endeavor:

  1. If you're going to do a publicity stunt, don't bring your own camera. It looks staged, which it was. It insults your audience. Assume they are going to connect the dots -- show them somewhere a camera is and then go into your little routine.
  2. In this country, specifically in this industry, if you refuse to fight a guy like you did me, you forfeit your right to then talk about that person in this type of fashion. Accosting somebody in public can be regrettable, accosting a gangster can be hazardous.
  3. If you would like to come here on this very set and conduct a conventional and traditional-style interview, we here at UFC Tonight will pay your way.

Silva -- who apparently (and unsuccessfully) demanded pay-per-view (PPV) points to fight Sonnen, the self-proclaimed biggest box office draw for the promotion -- has yet to respond to Sonnen's much more cordial offer at this time.

Menawhile, Sonnen is tasked with preparing to battle former Light Heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, in the co-main event of UFC 167, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 16, 2013. After he recapped his version of events in the video above, he admitted to co-host Kenny Florian that the Silva drama is a "distraction" from his focus on "Suga."

How, or if, it somehow plays into the final result will only emerge in time. Don't be shocked, though, to see Silva sitting ringside at the 20th Anniversary pay-per-view (PPV) show, giving Sonnen the business from the cheap seats.

He would likely do the same.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker