Even prior to the multiple date and venue changes for the grudge match between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva, the 'Gangster from West Linn Oregon' has been hinting that he doesn't think the bout between the two will materialize. Sonnen has been tweeting about it the past few weeks:
Contest Announcement: Be the first to name the fake injury Wanderlei uses to weasel out of our fight...— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 1, 2014
CAN-derlei asked Dana to postpone our fight until "July 32nd"— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 11, 2014
There will surely be more speculation about the pending bout between these TUF: Brazil coaches, as Sonnen has apparently turned his attention to Rich Franklin. He took to twitter to call out the former UFC champ:
No, no, no... The math teacher doesn't walk away. I put him away. You got one good one left. I'm not asking...— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 13, 2014
What would you like me to call u? Mr Franklin? Rich? Richard? Dick? Ace? Just call me the 1 who ended ur career. Now I'll take a berry blast— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 14, 2014
Although Franklin has not officially retired, the 39-year-old has been on a hiatus and hasn't competed since his 2012 knockout loss to Cung Le.