White: ‘Disgusting’ brawl delayed Chael vs. Wand fight

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In a Wurrlstarr meets MMA moment, Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva, opposing coaches on TUF: Brazil 3, engaged in a brawl on last week's episode. 

The rise of reality television has turned appalling behavior into a commodity. However, at the TUF Nations Finale post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White was not impressed.

“That fight's going to happen,” said White as transcribed by Mike Chiappetta. “What happens is Wanderlei got hurt in the fight. He got double-legged on the concrete. He hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head. He got injured, so he couldn't fight on time because he got hurt f—ing coaching the show. It's just disgusting.”

“That thing was a disgusting display of what shouldn't happen, and if I was there, that would have never happened. It's as bad as it can get.”

White laid blame on the coaches, on the producers, and on the crew, who could have broken it up, but instead simply recorded the compelling content. We all watched it, twice, so blame goes to us, too.

Unless, it was all a work set up by Chael Sonnen…

Wanderlei Silva went on Facebook and while acknowledging that it was wrong when coach Andre Dida punched Chael causing bruising and a small cut, never the less thanked him.

“People have no idea what was like to handle that guy teasing us every single day at TUF,” wrote Silva as translated by Guilherme Cruz. “That was the moment where the glass overflowed. We’re not in favor of any type of violence.

“This week, I’ll release a video so people will understand the whole context and not only the isolated fact. He started the brawl. I had already let it go and he kept teasing. I ask for apology for the bad impression.”

“The action was wrong but with the right motivation to defend a brother. I thank you, Andre Dida, for your loyalty, because it would have been much easier to do nothing. We know that you did what you did in the heat of the moment, without thinking about it, in defensive instinct.

“We met each other when we were 12 and I was like your older brother, and we’ve been through many things together. We got together after you became one of my coaches and we fight together ever since.”