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Brazilian fans prefer Chael Sonnen to Wanderlei Silva, Silva blames editing

A poll of Brazilian viewers of TUF Brazil 3 shows that 70% of them are rooting for the American Chael Sonnen over Wanderlei Silva. Silva blames misleading editing of the show.

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The Brazilian web site UOL did an online poll of over 60,000 viewers of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil season 3 and in a surprise result only 30% of them were rooting for the Brazilian Wanderlei Silva over the American Chael Sonnen.

In a Q&A airing on Fight Pass (transcribed by MMA Fighting), Silva blamed the editing process.

"They edited a lot of things, and unfortunately, the production decided to paint me as the villain," said Silva. "But that is not right, because he said horrible things about us, and disrespected me at every moment during filming. This good guy you're watching on television is not how things are for real. He said and did a lot of things that aren't being shown."

"What was shown on the show is not everything that happened," said Silva. "Behind what happened there is the motives and the reason why I was mad that day. Beside the absurd (things) that he has said about all of us, he had been provoking me and disrespecting me. Right on the first episode, he called me stupid. Not at any moment did I go down to his level."

Sonnan and Silva will meet at UFC 175 in July.