Chael Sonnen has been adamant in his belief that Wanderlei Silva will weasel his way out of their scheduled fight. Sonnen has said that Wanderlei will either feign an injury, or come up with some excuse to not step inside the Octagon against him in July.
Yesterday, Chael went on the offensive on Twitter looking for a new opponent. His choice? None other than former UFC Middleweight champion, Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin:
No, no, no… The math teacher doesn't walk away. I put him away. You got one good one left. I'm not asking…
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 13, 2014
What would you like me to call u? Mr Franklin? Rich? Richard? Dick? Ace? Just call me the 1 who ended ur career. Now I'll take a berry blast
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 14, 2014
While there is still no word as to whether Wanderlei and Chael will actually throw down, Sonnen is clearly interested in Franklin taking Wanderlei’s place if necessary.
Franklin has not fought since November of 2012, when he took on Cung Le in the UFC’s first ever event in Macau. Franklin was knocked out in devastating fashion by Le in just over two minutes, leading to his current hiatus. Franklin has stated that he wants to fight once more inside the Octagon, but he is not sure when.
Only a few weeks ago, Franklin turned down a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati. If Franklin turned down a fight in his own backyard, it is hard to imagine he would return against Sonnen.