Sonnen suspicious Wand will pull out of fight

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen have concluded shooting TUF Brazil 3, and have signed bout agreements to fight at UFC Fight Night: Sonnen vs. Silva on May 31 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. However, in a recent interview, Sonnen expressed suspicion.

“It's one of those things where, something stinks here,” Sonnen told MMAFighting. “He's talking more than ever. He's saying things like ‘Chael better not get hurt' and ‘Chael better not fall out.' I've never pulled out, ever. If I'm hurt or I'm sick, I just show up. Never do I complain or I pull out. What that's telling me, he's going to claim he's hurt. He's just doing all these things to tip his hand here, and something stinks and I don't know what it is, but something's going on.”

“I was with him on the set of The Ultimate Fighter, and I watched him every day not practice. It seemed like he watched me every day twice a day practice. I'd see him in the hallway and he'd see me covered in five or six pounds of sweat and he'd be walking in with fruit, he was always eating pears. He'd be walking around with a pear in his hand as dry as can be and I thought 'you don't look like a guy who's getting ready to fight,' not a five round fight, particularly not when you've been out of the ring for a year. This just doesn't make sense.”

“He said, I need eight weeks, that's all I need to get my body ready, and in eight weeks I'm going to get ready.”

“You know, that clock started yesterday, and only he knows if he was in the practice room or not. I don't know. But I wish I did. I wish I had a spy that would tell me, and if he said he's going to do it, then I'll take his word that he's going to do it.”

“I don't like him, but I'm not delusional that he's not a tough guy. I'm not delusional that for the most part he's been a man of his word. I can't remember a time he pulled out of a fight or said he was going to do something and didn't do it. I can't remember there was ever a time where he did that.”