Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva are opposing coach on TUF Brazil 3, and by all appearances, do not get along.
Things came to a head when the pair brawled, leaving Sonnen with bruises and a cut, and Wand with an injured back. The fight was then rescheduled, from May 31 in Sao Paulo, Brazil to July 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The brawl followed weeks of Wand demanding an apology for a number of disparaging remarks Sonnen has directed towards Brazil over the years.
"If I say something in a very private manner that isn't intended for a certain audience, come on, you can't hold that against me," said Sonnen in 2011 "I picked my medium very carefully when I talked about Brazil. I went to the internet. And if I had the foggiest idea that they had computers in Brazil, I wouldn't have done that."
Another time he tweeted offensively to Anderson Silva's manager, Ed Soares.
"Ed, pray to whatever Demon effigy you prance and dance in front of with your piglet tribe of savages that I decide not to CRUCIFY you," he tweeted.
No apology has been forthcoming from Sonnen. However, Sonnen's antics aside, he is a highly intelligent and compelling figure, and by some miracle, even on reality television, some of that came through. In an unexpected turn, the Brazilian audience is turning towards The Gangster from Oregon.
Now Wand has posted a 2011 image of Sonnen being interviewed, with text in Brazilian Portuguese, relating to a potential fight in Brazil with then champion Anderson Silva.
"If they sell 100,000 tickets I hope they put them in a nice ball, turn them sideways and shove them straight up their a--," it reads. "That’s what they can do with the Brazilian crowd."
Esse cara é racista não merece nosso respeito eu não ficaria bravo sem motivos isso é somente uma declaração a nosso respeito,agora se quer torcer pra ele tudo bem, merece meu respeito !!! Fique a vontade!!Não concordo com ele acho que nossa torcida deve se unir neste momento!! Juntos temos a força!!!
(This guy is a racist and he doesn’t deserve our respect. I wouldn’t be mad at him if I had no reasons to be. This is just one of the things he said about us. Now, if you want to cheer for him be my guest, you deserve my respect. I don’t agree with him and I think we should be united this time. We’re stronger together.)*
Naturally Sonnen responded.
chael sonnen @sonnench
@wandfc would like to get this tweet out. He has no followers, so let's help him. #teamnoapologies
*Translation courtesy of Guilherme Cruz, for MMAFighting.
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