Today (Sept. 28, 2013) at the Olympia Expo in Las Vegas, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstars Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen almost came to blows. Or at least that's according to the two tweets sent out by Larry Pepe of Fox Sports Radio.
The Olympia Expo is one of the biggest events for the fitness and body building community. There are competitions as well as a huge floor show for brands to showcase their latest products in nutrition and apparel.
Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen almost came blows at Olympia expo. Screaming at each other, @wandfc pointing then restrained and led away— Larry Pepe (@LarryPepe) September 28, 2013
Wand sought Sonnen out and was the aggressor in the confrontation.— Larry Pepe (@LarryPepe) September 28, 2013
Sonnen and Silva have had a bit of a rivalry over the past couple of years. Silva took exception to Sonnen's comments about Brazil during the lead up to his bout with Anderson Silva. In fact, there was a small confrontation when they shared a van on the way to an event.
Sonnen has since stated openly that he wants to face Silva and that it's the Brazilian that has avoided signing on the dotted line. And Silva has responded in kind by releasing a very weird video that made it clear he wants the 'full 30 minutes' with Sonnen.
Today's blow up at the Olympia should help move things along in the right direction if the UFC can take advantage of the situation. Sonnen is currently locked up in a bout with Rashad Evans, but it's always good to plan ahead, especially with a money fight such as a bout with Silva.
On the other hand, this is kind of embarrassing for the Vegas-based promotion. It's one thing for fighters to jaw at each other during an official UFC event. That's a controlled environment. It's another when a UFC fighter approaches another during a non-fight related promotional appearance. When there area already people thinking this sport is filled with goons, this is a pretty bad look.
However, one thing is certain at this point. These two will fight. And when they do, there will be blood.
UPDATE: Larry Pepe has uploaded a video of the confrontation to Youtube. Apologies for the low quality.