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Apparently UFC Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen is letting his paranoia get the best of him in the run up to UFC 148. Relentless rumors coming out of Brazil that champion Anderson Silva's hurt knee will force him out of the July 7 bout with Sonnen have apparently got the challenger seeing conspiracies all around.
When Michael Bisping was reported out of his UFC 149 bout with Tim Boetsch due to a knee injury, Sonnen apparently refused to believe it was a real injury and sent Bisping a series of odd Twitter messages. Here's Bisping telling MMA Weekly all about it:
"The thing is with direct messages on Twitter is it's personal; it's private. I think it would be improper of me to divulge that information, but when have you known me to do the proper thing. So here we have the information, I was actually sat in the doctor's (office) when this came through. ‘Alright man, here's my guess, you're not hurt and we are rematching. If I am right give me a clue in your tweet. Include the word "lad" in your next tweet.'
"And I'm sitting in the doctor's surgery and I'm like what the hell is this guy talking about? Obviously, he's quaking in his boots at the thought of a rematch cause he knows I won the last fight and he doesn't want to fight me again."
"Then another one came through and went ‘alright never mind, conspiracy theory is over. Get well soon.'"
Bisping fought Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2 this spring and very nearly upset him. Bisping has been outspoken that if Sonnen takes Silva's title he, Bisping, should get an immediate title shot.
Bisping is currently recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus ligament in his knee. No word on when he'll be back in the Octagon.