Andre Dida on TUF brawl: 'I would be a coward if I did nothing'

TUF Brazil assistant coach Andre Dida explains his actions in regards to the TUF Brazil brawl between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva.

The TUF Brazil episode that featured the brawl between coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva aired this week, so it's not surprising that everyone involved is being asked about it. One of the major played was Andre Dida, who jumped in to defend Silva and managed to land a few punches on Chael. He spoke to MMA Fighting about what happened there and while his thoughts on the event start out somewhat logically, they start to make less and less sense as he goes on. First, he says that he's not sure if he regrets his actions:

"I'm a trainer and I have my own gym, and I tell people to never do something like this," Dida told "My intention was to separate them, but I had to do something. I acted by pure instinct. Sonnen has a bad reputation in Brazil, he talks trash about everybody, so it's complicated to regret (what I did). I couldn't let Wanderlei Silva in a situation like that."

The he sets up the situation and gives his (questionable) reasoning for his actions:

"The coaches were behind the door when they both started to argue at the weigh-ins," he continued. "I know Wanderlei Silva and I saw that he was getting ready to fight, so we all run in their direction. My intention was to get Wanderlei out of there, but everything happened so fast. When I got closer to them, Sonnen took him down.

"My intention was to separate them, but I saw that Sonnen was trying to punch him, so in my mind I realized I needed to get Sonnen out of there as fast as possible to make him stop punching Wanderlei. I would never let Wanderlei Silva in a bad situation in front of me. I punched Sonnen to make him stop, but he didn't. (The other coaches) tried to get me out of there, but I came back and punched him again. I just wanted to get Sonnen out of there."

He continued, saying that not stepping in would be worse than what he did:

"Many people called me a coward, but that's not true. I would be a coward if I did nothing," he said. "I was watching someone that I admire since I was 13 in a bad situation, so I had to do something. My body told me to punch him to make them stop fighting.

"I was hoping that Sonnen would stand up and fight me. I wanted to get him off Wanderlei, and now people call me a coward. Imagine that you're in a situation like that. You're in a supermarket and when you get back, someone in on top of your mother, your brother, your sister. Your instinct tells you to stop him as fast as possible. I did the same thing with Wanderlei Silva as soon as I saw that (Sonnen) was trying to hurt him."

He also mentioned that he signed a deal stating that any other questionable actions on his part would get him banned as a UFC cornerman.

Sonnen and Silva are scheduled to meet in the co-main event of UFC 175 in July.

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