Recently the team from Olhar do fã no MMA, The MMA Corner’s Brazilian partner, attended a media scrum with former UFC title challenger and Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 coach Chael Sonnen. Sonnen spoke about facing Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 in July, instead of his opposing coach, Wanderlei Silva.

Below are versions in both English and Portuguese.

English

What happened in your head when they said that Wanderlei was out?

They said he was out, and I said he’s never been in. The opposite of Vitor [Belfort], who is a tough, skilled fighter.

Talk about Vitor Belfort.

Our paths were to meet. I’ve fought against Wanderlei outside the Octagon, and now is the time for Vitor. He is tough, and in my opinion he should have won the “Fighter of the Year” award in 2013.

Will you have to change your camp now with this change?

I do not do that. I always practice the same in my preparations. These changes never bother me—you have to fight anyone.

When you heard about what happened with Wanderlei, what were your thoughts?

This fight would never happen. We were at the press conference with Dana White in the middle, and I said to him, “You’ll appear Wand?” He didn’t answer, so I again asked Wand if he’d appear. He said we’re good, okay. I knew it would never happen. I told Dana he wouldn’t come to fight.

When asked about the affection he has received from Brazilian fans, Sonnen said:

This is mutual. I’m a little surprised by their acceptance. Brazilians are smart and, in the end, they will cheer since I’m not fighting an Anderson [Silva], for example.

Wanderlei made a video explaining it, what did you think of it?

You bought that explanation? Let’s let him use that excuse if he wants. It is clear to me he ran away and we can do nothing about it.

Portuguese

Confira os melhores momentos da mídia scrum com Chael Sonnen:

O que passou na sua cabeça quando falaram que o Wanderlei estava fora:

Eles falaram ele está fora  e  eu disse ele nunca esteve dentro.  O oposto, Vitor eh um duro, habilidoso, lutador.

Fale sobre Vitor Belfort

Nossos caminhos iriam se encontrar, eu já lutei contra o Wanderlei fora do octógono e agora é a hora do Vitor. Ele é duro, habilidoso e na minha opinião lutador do ano de 2013 deveria ter ganho o prêmio.

Você vai ter que mudar o seu camp agora com essa mudança?

Eu não faço essas coisas, eu pratico sempre o mesmo na minha preparação. Essas mudanças nunca me incomodam, você tem que lutar contra qualquer um.

Quando soube sobre o ocorrido com o Wand, o que pensou?

Essa luta nunca ia acontecer . Estávamos na coletiva da imprensa com o Dana White no meio e eu disse a ele. Você vai aparecer Wand? Ele nem respondeu depois perguntei novamente  Wand  você vai aparecer. Você  tem que aparecer, responda a minha pergunta, ele falava tá bom tá bom. Eu sabia que nunca ia acontecer. Falei para o Dana você está ouvindo que ele não virá a luta.

Quando perguntado sobre os carinhos dos fãs brasileiros, Sonnen falou:

Isso é mútuo. Eu estou um pouco surpreso, aceitando essa opinião, os brasileiros são espertos e no final eles vão torcer enquanto eu não for lutar contra um Anderson por exemplo. Somos parceiros até então.

Wanderlei fez um vídeo se explicando, como recebeu isso?

Você comprou essa idéia? Vamos deixar ele usar a desculpa que quiser isso para mim é claro ele fugiu e não podemos fazer nada sobre.

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.

  • I look forward to Chael and Vitor, but Wandy’s antics during the season and this latest tomfoolery just exposed what a drunken ass he is.