Anderson Silva rips Sonnen in unbelievable tirade

Silva, seen here after winning a fight last August, nearly lost to Sonnen in their first match.

It had been long speculated that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva disdained rival Chael Sonnen.

There is no doubt anymore.

“[I am] going to break his face, break every one of the teeth in his mouth,” an agitated Silva said through a translator during Monday’s conference call to promote the July 7 UFC 148 pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Silva will meet Sonnen in a rematch of their UFC 117 title fight. Silva won that fight by submitting Sonnen with a combination triangle choke and arm bar at 3:10 of the fifth round.

But what’s been remembered about that fight is the way Sonnen used his wrestling to dominate Silva for the first four and a half rounds.

It marked the only time in Silva’s 14-fight UFC career that he was in serious danger of losing. Silva is the longest reigning champion in UFC history and has recorded nine consecutive successful title defenses.

Yet Silva did not admit to concern that Sonnen would implement a strategy similar to the one that was highly effective on the night of Aug. 7, 2010.

“[Artifacts] from the past live in museums,” Silva said. “[It] doesn’t matter if I’m underneath, on the side of or on top of Chael Sonnen.”

Sonnen had spent the 22 months following their first encounter publicly insulting Silva, who is on the short list of the greatest fighters in the still-nascent sport, his home land of Brazil and Brazilian fighters.

Evidently, Silva took notes.

“I know Chael is on the line,” Silva said of Sonnen, who along with UFC President Dana White and UFC 148 semi-main eventers Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin participated in the call. “Play time is over. The joke is over. I’m going to beat his [butt] out of the UFC.

“[I'm going to do] something to change [the perception of the sport],” said Silva, who routinely raised his voice throughout the half-hour long call before abruptly hanging up. “[His] arms are [going to be] broken. [His] legs are [going to be] broken. He’s going to be carried out of the Octagon.

“[I'm] going to beat him the way his parents should have,” Silva said. “[He's] going to need a plastic surgeon.”

Silva’s out-of-character outburst shocked White.

“Never heard him talk like this,” White said. “Never heard Anderson Silva talk like this.”

It had to be a beautiful sound to White’s ears because it could mean one of the strongest revenue-generating nights in UFC history.

White predicted the pay-per-view will be the “biggest sporting event of the year” and that it could rival UFC 100, which is the company’s record holder for most pay-per-view purchases.

That event sold a reported 1.6 million pay-per-view purchases. The card was headlined by Brock Lesnar’s UFC Heavyweight Title defense against Frank Mir. Georges St. Pierre, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping were also on the card.

“There’s no doubt we plan on doing one million buys,” White said. “[We] expect UFC 100 numbers.”

Follow Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Is #JusticeForAvaLynn a case of bullying?

On Saturday, the hashtag #JusticeForAvaLynn became one of the trending topics on Twitter. Users circulated the above photo of 5-year-old AvaLynn, posted by her mother…

International

Terrorism could spread to US and Europe in…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East,…

National

Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…

International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

Gossip

Joan Rivers on life support: Report

TMZ reports that comedian Joan Rivers has been placed on life support, "completely reliant on machines to stay alive." Rivers has been hospitalized since she…

Movies

What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: Lesbians, men most likely…

Lesbians, men most likely to achieve orgasm Location: U.S. Study subjects: 2,850 people Results: Whether you find it shocking or not, a new study reports that…

Wellbeing

VIDEO: Still not wearing sunscreen? You will after…

Sunscreen is possibly the most often repeated - and ignored - piece of skincare advice. But Thomas Leveritt took a different tactic. With a short…

Food

Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.