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:
- 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.
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.
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.