LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Host and mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
If this were Brazil, I'd be seriously worried about Chael Sonnen's safety. The outspoken middleweight number one contender is slated to challenge Anderson Silva in Las Vegas, this July for the title, at UFC 148. The Mandalay Bay casino is likely to do Ironman numbers due to the amazing hype leading into this fight.
Now let's get back to why I worry about Chael. In a recent interview with MMA30TV (transcribed by Yahoo Sports), Sonnen has once again lobbed a whammy at Anderson Silva stating,
I don't want his autograph,I want to spit on him. I want everything that he has. I'm jealous and I'm envious. And I will never apologize for that. There can only be one champion, and you have to fight it out. He's not gonna give it up; I'm not going to give it up. We're going to have to fight this thing out and figure it out like men.
With Chael's recent trip to Brazil resulting in pen zapper pranks and heavy security, I can only imagine how this would go over if the bout were to still take place in the originally planned outdoor soccer field arena. The king of smack talk hit a stroke of good luck when the venue changed, and I, for one, am grateful. I am an admitted Sonnen fan, so my hat is off to the UFC for keeping his safety a priority (even though it actually came down to a scheduling issue with the venue).
Chael's big misunderstanding after the jump
One other thing that needs to be addressed is Chael's understanding (or lack thereof) of the rules. As stated in a recent interview with Jim Rome (transcribed by Cage Potato), he laid out his reckoning of the rules:
I tapped. So what I thought is you go to the cards. I win four rounds, he wins that round. Apparently, if you tap, it ends the entire contest, which I was not ever made privy to.
Now I'm fairly certain after clenching victory so closely, only to have it snatched away, Mr. Sonnen has a clear view of the ruleset this time around, and will pay closer attention to the slick ground sorcery that Anderson Silva is notorious for. Tapping is not an option, even if you did win four and a half rounds the first time.
There are still 6 more weeks to go until fight day, so you can be assured the hype is going to be at a feverish pitch, and it couldn't come at a better time for the UFC, considering the recent ratings dips. July 7 can't come fast enough. Here's to hoping it lives up to all our expectations.