Chael: If Wand touched me I would have put him down


Late last month at the Olympia expo in Las Vegas, Chael Sonnen was signing autographs at a booth, when Wanderlei Silva suddenly appeared, accompanied by a camera crew.  "The Axe Murderer" and Sonnen went nose-to-nose and ended up having to be pulled apart.

Then Wand released an over the top video commentating on the altercation.

"Real men talk face to face," said Wand on the video. "With me the talk is straight up. I will punch you face, it will happen soon. I didn't smash you today because I'm a professional, and professionals keep it out of the streets... I heard the fear in your voice when you started talking with that thin voice like a girl. You were shaking in fear. You loser."

Curiously, Wand is injured and out likely until 2014, and Sonnen is slated to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 167 on Nov. 16.

“When Wanderlei does this, he needs to understand I don’t know him,” said Sonnen. “I don’t know if this is for show. I don’t know if he’s still hurt or healthy. I don’t know this guy. All I know is he’s yelling, he brought friends and now I feel threatened. That’s not a good spot to put a guy like me in.”

“It’s very hard, in his defense, to stay in the media if you don’t have a fight coming up. Well, he hasn’t fought since [March] and he’s not going to fight for a considerable amount of time, if ever again. So he hires his own camera. The guy has a camera follow him around and he goes and puts it on the Internet. All right, fair enough. I get it. He comes up to me and he’s yelling at me and he brings his own camera. So on one hand, you’re kind of going, ‘Aw, Wanderlei, really? You’re stooping to filming your own stuff? That’s just weird.’ On the other hand, he brings three guys with him.”

“I’ve got a guy that calls himself an ‘Axe Murderer’ pointing a finger at me and he brought three buddies with him. That’s a problem where I come from. My father taught me the fight doesn’t start when somebody throws a punch. The fight starts as soon as the other guy squares up. Wanderlei squared up.”

“I don’t like street fighting. I don’t like to hear about it. It’s unprofessional and I’m not advocating any of this. However, I will not let a guy within arm’s distance. Wanderlei, if his finger he was pointing touched me, I would have put him down right there. I would have had no choice. I must defend myself. And he had three friends -- these odds aren’t great for me. I want to take down as many of these scumbags as I can while I can.”

“You’re going to show that you had to build up this courage to come and mutter at a guy, with three friends? … I think that was the most confusing thing, for me. If I was doing the publicity stunt, I’m going to go, ‘All right, guys, listen. That backfired. That thing goes in the fireplace.’”

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glasscasket site profile image  

10/9/13 1:33 PM by glasscasket

Not impressive at all, that fight sucked. However, you said that "he beats nobody on their feet, nobody". I was just stating that the last time I remember him keeping a fight on the feet, he won. I don't think Chael is some great striker. I just think it's silly to say that he beats nobody on the feet when we never even see him try. I mean c'mon, there's some sloppy strikers out there and he seems to at least have decent hands.

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10/9/13 1:23 PM by UGCTT_ConditFryedKampmannRare

He beat Okami standing up.

Rambo John J site profile image  

10/9/13 1:16 PM by Rambo John J

Hardly a fight. Chael throwing arm punches at a man who was looking off in the cosmos. Not impressive for either man.

ShawnTheBadger site profile image  

10/9/13 1:09 PM by ShawnTheBadger

My father taught me the fight doesn’t start when somebody throws a punch. The fight starts as soon as the other guy squares up My father and Chaels father apparently attended the same school of street combatives.

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10/9/13 1:04 PM by ShawnTheBadger

Not sure what is funny? It can be a bad strategy if you are outnumbered or do not have proven folks watching your back. However, TD's happen in street/bar fights all the time.  One on one, or with good backup hovering, it's a good stategy.  Most guys know how, or think they know, how to punch.  They'll certainly give it their damndest and have a "punchers chance" of catching you.  On the other hand most guys, in my personal experience, have no clue how to grapple.  None.  Get'em on their back or stomach and they are as good as done.

glasscasket site profile image  

10/9/13 11:53 AM by glasscasket

When was the last time he tried to win a fight on his feet? The last one I can think of is Paulo Filho.....Chael won that fight.

Rambo John J site profile image  

10/9/13 11:36 AM by Rambo John J

All the "chael has good standup" trolls are just plain silly. He beats nobody on their feet, nobody.

8flat site profile image  

10/9/13 10:34 AM by 8flat

I would call Chael's last fight a good example of results. Oh...I'm sorry, see what I did there?

LucasBTiger site profile image  

10/9/13 9:22 AM by LucasBTiger

Riiiiiiiight. Talk finished Shogun in the first round.You - "Shoguns washed up."Reality - "So is Wanderlei."

glasscasket site profile image  

10/9/13 8:48 AM by glasscasket

Yes I know all that. Did I say something that's incorrect?