TUALATIN, OR - JUNE 26: Chael Sonnen conducts a workout at the Team Quest gym on June 26, 2012 in Tualatin, Oregon. Sonnen will fight Anderson Silva July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva pulled out all the stops on Monday's UFC 148 media call, referring to challenger Chael Sonnen as a "criminal" and vowing to "break everyone of his teeth in his mouth." Sonnen replied at the time with his usual elan, but elaborated in a phone interview with Fuel TV's UFC Tonight.
"Well it was nice to see the real Anderson Silva come through," said Sonnen. "Ya know, the guy's a dirtbag, like I've told you for years. He made a lot of statements like, he's gonna break my teeth, he's gonna break my jaw and beak my skull. Ya know, I've fought 49 men. It's not as if I've never been to the orthodontist before, or my jaw reset or my scalp stapled shut in the ER. There's a couple things he didn't say he was gonna do, starting with beating me, starting with breaking my spirit and leaving with the victory, cuz he's not. Go ahead. Take the the teeth, take the jaw, take the staples in the head, whatever other crap he's gonna do. We're in the a fistfight in a steel cage on a Saturday night, anyway. I kind of expect it. I think he was one off from saying, 'I'm gonna give you a knuckle sandwich.' I'm kinda sitting there thinking, 'Well, duh. We're in the middle of a cage fight, dummy!'"