Although Chris Weidman was ultimately the man to dethrone Anderson Silva at the top of the Middleweight ladder, Chael Sonnen will always be remembered as Silva’s bitter rival. Or so we thought.
Before their first fight at UFC 117, Chael unleashed the most ruthless barrage of trash talking the UFC has ever seen. No one was safe, especially Brazil and it’s fighters. After Anderson’s dramatic comeback at UFC 117, Chael began repositioning himself for a rematch with more trash talking. Finally, at UFC 148 the duo locked horns again in arguably the biggest event in UFC history. The result was Anderson Silva demolishing Sonnen en route to a TKO in the second round. After the fight, Chael moved up to Light Heavyweight and it seemed that the feud between the men had settled.
Today, it seems that they may have become friends. Sonnen recently stated his desire for Anderson to coach alongside him at TUF Brazil 3 against Wanderlei Silva.
In a recent interview with Whoa! TV, Silva had some nice things to say about his one time bitter rival.
Courtesy of MMAmania:
Chael talk too much, but is a good guy. He’s not bad, he’s a good guy. Chael is (always) in the media for fight. Chael fight for the belt against me two times. Chael fight Jon Jones, Chael fought Shogun, Chael fight now. Chael is working for Dana White all the time. Dana don’t need to talk nothing because Chael is working all the time. It’s normal. Chael talk.
It seems the two men have found a mutual respect for one another. I can imagine this scenario becoming much stranger if Anderson agrees to coach with Chael at TUF Brazil 3…
Either way, both men are scheduled to fight fairly soon. Anderson Silva will be rematching Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight championship at UFC 168 Chael Sonnen will be taking on friend and co-worker, Rashad Evans in the co-main event of the evening at UFC 167.