Sonnen: Silva and I will never fight

Friday, January 20, 2012

Ain’t happening.

Not that the promotion isn’t sincere in its efforts to deliver said rematch to a nation of passionate mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, but Silva, currently rehabbing multiple injuries, is probably done as a combat sports fighter and will soon be hanging up the gloves for good.

That’s according to Sonnen, who told media members at Friday’s UFC on FOX 2 media conference call that Silva rejected a proposed rematch “four out of four times” and may in fact, never fight again.

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“I can guarantee you Anderson Silva and I will never cross paths again. He’s not getting into the ring with me, ever. I called him out publicly. You call out a Brazilian publicly; you’re going to be fighting that Brazilian. That’s in their culture. I don’t think he’s ever going to fight again. That’s my personal opinion. What I know for a fact is that he turned me down four out of four times. He personally said no to Lorenzo Fertitta’s face. I think that (the UFC) is sincere. I think that they mean it. But I can tell you that behind the scenes, they’ve tried to put Anderson and me together four times and four times he said no. I become the number one contender and can get past Bisping, I’m gonna sit down with Dana and we’re going to have a talk about (Georges St. Pierre) or Jon Jones. I’m not under any illusion that it’s going to be Anderson Silva.”