As promised, Chael Sonnen has spoken out on the UFC Tonight show about the verbal altercation that occured at a Mr. Olympia event in las Vegas this past weekend when Wanderlei Silva showed up and started shouting at him.

“I’m all for Wanderlei having a little fun,” Sonnen said on last night’s show on FOX Sports 1. “Good for him. Let him have his fun. But Wanderlei, thee things:

“First off, if you’re going to do a publicity stunt, do not bring your own camera. It looks staged, which it was. It insults your audience. Assume that they’re going to connect the dots. Show up where a camera is, and then go into your routine.

“”Secondly, in this country and within this industry, if you refuse to fight a guy like you did me, you forfeit your right to talk about that person in this type of fashion,” Sonnen said. “Accosting someone in public can be regrettable. Accosting a gangster can be hazardous.

“Third and finally, Wanderlei, if you would like to come on this very set and conduct a conventional and traditional style interview, we here at ‘UFC Tonight’ will pay your way.”

Sonnen also noted that Silva had showed up with three other people plus the cameraman, but while it wasn’t seen on camera, ‘The American Gangster’ had been given some unexpected back-up when Anthony Pettis showed up and appeared ready to fight.

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  1. I don’t understand. I do remember Wanderla Silva refusing to fight because of a money issue or for some other reason. So, why did he do this publicity stunt?
    Did he publicly refuse to fight and privately (behind the scenes) agree to fight?

  2. Silva’s position throughout this whole situation has been a bit confusing to be honest. Initially he was very quiet about the fight, even when Sonnen was calling him out to fight.

    I think his tune only really changed after Dana called him out publicly for demanding PPV points in order to take the fight. My guess is that this embarrassed Wand and is why he’s now going to extreme lengths to let everybody know that he wants to fight Sonnen, anyplace, anytime…even though he’s not going to be able to do so in the near future because he’s injured and Sonnen is already scheduled to fight Rashad!