It’s been well documented, Wanderlei Silva does not like Chael Sonnen.
The beef between the two MMA veterans stems from the fact Wanderlei didn’t appreciate the many insults Sonnen hurled at everything Brazilian leading up to his two title fights against former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
The rivalry finally lead to Chael and Wanderlei being selected as opposing coaches on the third episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, the infamous brawl that took place during the sixth episode of the season, and another chance to take out more aggression on each other on July 5 at UFC 175.
Sonnen and Silva were originally scheduled to settle their differences on May 31 at UFC Fight Night 41 in front of Brazilian MMA fans, but Wanderlei suffered a back injury during their brawl, shifting the venue to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
A little over three months away from what should be a dramatic collision against Sonnen, Silva recently took to Instagram to rally national support against the ‘racist’ Sonnen.
“This guy is a racist and he does not deserve our respect,” Silva ranted. “I would not be mad at him if I had no reason to be. It is because of the things he said about us. If you want to cheer for him [when we fight at UFC 175] be my guest, you deserve my respect, but I do not agree with him and I think we should be united. We’re stronger together.”
This isn’t the first time Sonnen has been called a racist so Wanderlei’s comments aren’t that surprising. Chael has a tendency to use racially loaded comments to promote his bouts, so, while it’s impossible for anyone who doesn’t interact with the Portland native on a regular basis to determine if he’s a racist (not sure I even care), he certainly takes advantage of the ignorance of others.
Hopefully, all this drama delivers come fight time.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.