UFC video: Chael Sonnen responds to Wanderlei Silva 'confrontation'

Chael Sonnen says that Wanderlei Silva's outburst at the Olympia Expo was staged before saying "accosting a gangster can be hazardous."

Chael Sonnen was recently "confronted" by Wanderlei Silva while both were at the Olympia Expo over the weekend. Silva showed up with camera crew in tow and angrily shouted at Sonnen before having to be restrained.

Personally, the whole thing seemed like a bit of a work and, on UFC Tonight last night, that's the direction Sonnen went with his response to the situation (transcription via MMA Fighting):

"I'm all for Wanderlei having a little fun," Sonnen said on air.

"But Wanderlei, three things. First off, if you're going to do a publicity stunt, do not bring your own camera. It looks staged, which it was. It insults your audience. Assume that they're going to connect the dots. Show up somewhere where a camera is, and then go into your little routine.

"Secondly," Sonnen continued. "In this country and in this industry, if you refuse to fight a guy, like you did me, you forfeit your right to then talk about that person in this type of fashion. Accosting somebody in public, can be regrettable. Accosting a gangster can be hazardous."

I've said it several times already, but Sonnen's act does very little for me and having Silva in on it too doesn't do much to help. Recycled pro wrestling promos, staged confrontations, the tired "gangster" thing...it's all a bit of a yawn for me.

But there is an audience for it, so my thoughts on the matter are far less important than the people who pay for the fights

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