This time “The Spider” did all the talking — and the normally subdued UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva spit unparalleled verbal venom by promising hated rival Chael Sonnen that he would never fight again.
“Chael Sonnen’s going to get his ass kicked like he’s never gotten his ass kicked before,” Silva shouted in Portuguese, as manager Ed Soares translated for the 100-plus media members listening to Monday’s conference call promoting the UFC 148 showdown that takes place July 7 at the MGM Grand.
“What I’m going to do inside the octagon is something that’s going to change the image of the sport. I’m going to beat his ass like he’s never been beaten before. I’m going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broken, (and) his legs are broke. He’s not going to be able to walk out of the octagon by himself. I can guarantee that.”
“And I know that he’s listening, so the game’s over. No more shit-talking. It’s on now.”
The 37-year-old Brazilian, who holds a UFC record 14 victories, has allowed trash-talker extraordinaire Sonnen to control the majority of media conversations over the past two years since Silva pulled out a come-from-behind submission victory in the fifth round of their first meeting at UFC 117 in August 2010.
But on Monday, Silva didn’t stop his offensive onslaught.
“People who live in the past, and things that are in the past, are in museums,” Silva said about their first meeting that took place in Oakland.
“Right now, I’m focused on what’s going to happen in the next few weeks, and right now, playtime is over.”
The usually outspoken Sonnen didn’t get much of an opportunity to answer Silva’s strong proclamations, as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter didn’t give him the opening.
But much like he did months earlier, Sonnen again lobbed a well-known barb that surely got Silva’s attention.
“Tell him I’ve got two words for him: Medium. Rare,” Sonnen said, referencing an interview in which he said he wanted Silva’s wife to fix him a steak after his victory.
Silva again retorted, promising not only another win, but a painful night for Sonnen.
“The first time we fought, he stepped out the loser,” Silva said. “And he’s going to step out the loser again this time. The only difference is this time he’s going to have to see a plastic surgeon after the fight.”