The grudge match between TUF Brazil coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva has tentatively been scheduled for a few cards, but it seems settled into the co-main event slot at UFC 175 on July 5th for now. Sonnen had been preparing for a late May bout, and he spoke to MMA Fighting about how the bump back has affected his training. That training involves a lack of Testosterone Replacement Therapy as well, something that he had been on for a few years. Here's what he had to say about that:
"I've had a pretty good amount of success so far," he's said about his early training for the Silva fight. "But I've got to reserve the right to change this answer next week if we talk again."
Sonnen said he had been using testosterone cypionate, which lasts longer in the body than some other forms of testosterone. He said the effects aren't completely out of his system yet.
"I'm still having a little bit of residue and left over, and I'm still feeling really good, but there is a difference," he said. "I'm trying a different regiment with doctors on how to fix it. I'm a bit of a test tube dummy for myself, but so far I've been pretty encouraged by how I'm feeling."
Sonnen also discussed the brawl that him and Silva got into on the TUF set, which is in the episode of the show that airs this week. Silva goes in-depth about the buildup and the tenseness from day on the show, but the brawl is something he categorized as "unfortunate". He certainly didn't hold back in regards to the involvement of Andre Dida, who jumped Sonnen from behind and landed a few punches:
"It ended up being a two-on-one, and in that aspect, that was the most unfortunate part," Sonnen said. "The whole thing is regrettable. It never should have happened. That's one of the deals with reality TV. If you have a bad moment, you're caught. Everyone may have a bad moment. They go in their car, you yell, turn on the radio in you car and yell. In reality TV, if you have a bad moment, you're busted.
"And then what happened was the other knucklehead jumped in, that was a crime," he said.
That's what it was. That was straight up illegal."
He closed with an assessment of Silva, whom he classified as "very difficult". The whole article is very much worth a read as Sonnen gives a pretty good explanation of how the show started and offered his thoughts on Silva threatening to quit among other things.