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Anderson Silva Fires Back at Chael Sonnen, Comments on Antics

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Anderson Silva responds to Chael Sonnen's antics in an interview with Marilia Gabriela. <em><strong>Photo by UFC.com </strong></em>
Anderson Silva responds to Chael Sonnen's antics in an interview with Marilia Gabriela. Photo by UFC.com

In an interview with Brazilian journalist and interviewer Marilia Gabriela, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva responded to the antics of Chael Sonnen, stating that Sonnen "does not deserve to fight me". He went on to talk about his feelings on Sonnen's over-the-top comments and behavior:

I didn't get to where I'm at by being arrogant or provoking someone. By doing these antics he ends up denigrating the image of the sport. There's no room for that in this sport. The most important thing he did not do, which was to beat me. He even failed in a drug test, which is worse. (Translation by Tom Mendes)

I'm sure this doesn't calm the crowd that believes Silva needs to face Sonnen, but the decision ultimately comes down to what the UFC wants. Business drives the UFC's revenues, and Sonnen vs. Silva II could be a huge money-making opportunity with the right lead-up and marketing. It's going to happen whether Silva and his manager Ed Soares like it or not.

Silva also talks about his admiration for Vitor Belfort, possibly getting into television after he retires, and how the ladies have always been attracted to him.