Chael Sonnen Says He’d Like to Bring on Anderson Silva as an Assistant Coach for The Ultimate Fighter
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.24.2013
“It’s probably not likely.”
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen recently spoke about his upcoming coaching gig against rival Wanderlei Silva for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3. Sonnen stated that he'd like to bring on Anderson Silva as a potential assistant coach. Below are some highlights:
Sonnen on Silva's comments to make this season Americans vs. Brazilian: "I don't know that I'm against (Americans vs. Brazilians) – I hadn't heard that comment. I like it. (But) let's make sure we're clear here. Wanderlei Silva lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. I live in West Linn, Oregon. Neither of us are from Brazil. The first chance he had to leave his countrymen, he did. He owns a business in America. He pays taxes to America. He enrolled his kids into an American school system. And he has contributed a grand total of zero dollars to Brazil, to any Brazilian charity. And there is no Brazilian charity that will defend him and come forward and say otherwise. He left that country. He was robbed, the last time he went to that country, at gunpoint – that is also on the record. So they're bringing in two outside guys."
Sonnen on not being worried about coaching Brazilian fighters: "I have a job to do. I said I would go there to coach them, and I meant it. And it won't be to pick fights with Wanderlei or to build up a fight between he and I. I'll be there for one reason, and that's to coach. How the athletes respond, it's a two-person sport – they need to do their part. It's their experience, and that would be up to them."
Sonnen on wanting Anderson Silva as an assistant coach: "Anderson Silva was one of my first thoughts to ask. And again, that wouldn't be for me or Anderson. That would be for the young men who are kicking and clawing and trying to get into the UFC. I think his knowledge of the sport is tremendous, but also his ability to communicate in a Portuguese atmosphere would be very helpful. I think he's got a relationship with Wanderlei, so it's probably not likely. But that doesn't mean I won't reach out."
Sonnen on possibly sending Wanderlei Silva into retirement: "I don't know what he needs, and I'm not focused on him in that regard. I think he should enjoy the remaining moments that he has in this sport."