WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Wanderlei Silva recently informed reporters of his wishes to fight Chael Sonnen in front of 110,000 fans in his home country of Brazil next year, a request which UFC president Dana White said he’d consider.
And while the fight isn’t scheduled to take place until 2014, after the two match wits as opposing coaches in the Ultimate Fighter Brazil, none of that other stuff matters to Sonnen, because he says Wandy sucks and he “can’t draw flies.”
Asked for his preference on where that fight should be held, Sonnen, in an interview with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan Thursday, answered, “Wandy is a terrible fighter.”
“You know, that guy can’t draw flies,” Sonnen said. “He’s not selling out arenas anywhere, and he’s not gonna sell out one unless he fights me. People don’t tune into watch him and they never have. He doesn’t sell any t-shirts and he doesn’t have any sponsors because he sucks. That’s the reality, so he can want in one hand, and whatever the expression is in the other, it isn’t gonna happen for him.”
Sonnen has never been one to mince words, so you can at least believe that he really believes that.
“There’s a huge stigma in sports, you know, that you should always lie and that you should always be polite,” he said. “Being polite and lying just didn’t work where I grew up. If somebody asks you a question, you tell the truth or you don’t say anything at all.
“And somewhere in sports, it became the polite thing to do to lie. A guy will smile to your face and put a knife in your back as soon as you turn around. I will tell you to your face that when you turn around, I’m gonna put a knife in your back, and then I will. And there’s a huge difference there. If I get asked a question, I’ll answer it honestly or I won’t answer it all. I follow the golden rule. And that’s really it.”
Sonnen also shined a spotlight on the potential plans of his friend C.M. Punk, and the consideration he’s given to making the jump from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts.
“How is his jiu-jitsu? Is it as up to snuff as everybody says?” Sonnen was asked.
“Yea, it’s good man,” he said. “I mean, he’s given some serious consideration to coming over here and competing and doing this. He’s talked about it a number of times, and I don’t’ think he will personally, but I know he’s prepared to for a very long time. It’s kind of the reverse Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar knew how to wrestle, came here and then went right into wrestling. I think that Punk is learning how to fight, and has visions of coming from wrestling over to fighting. So we’ll see how all that works out, but like he says, he’s the best in the world at what he does.”