A media conference call was held this morning for UFC 148 and while UFC's Dana White and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champs Tito Ortiz and Forest Griffin were on the line, this was all about main event headliners UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and #1 Contender Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen was asked when he would drop the WWE character and get serious about this fight.
"I don't do characters... I got serious about this fight a long time ago. I've been training combat since I was 9 years old. I've been wanting to be the UFC Champions since 1993. I couldn't think of a day in my life where this wasn't serious for me."
When asked about their previous fight, Sonnen replied:
"All that happened was that Anderson found himself in a fight for the first time. I think Anderson's a really good setup guy. He uses a lot of movement and motions to set guys up but at the end of the day his skills are amateur. If you go into a fist fight with your hands down, that's amateur. I treated him like an amateur the first time. He's going to look like an amateur this time."
A number of questions were posed to Anderson Silva and he replied similarly to all through a translator...
"Chael is a criminal. He's been convicted of crimes. He doesn't deserve to be inside the Octagon. When the time comes, and the time is right, I'm going to break his face and break every one of his teeth in his mouth."
"Right now play time is over. I'm going to beat Chael's ass like he's never been beat before. The joke is over. No more talking. I know he's on the line listening. The game's over. I'm going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He' never going to want to fight again after I'm done with him."
"It doesn't matter if I'm on the top, the side, the bottom. Chael Sonnen's going to get his ass kicked like it's never been kicked before. What I'm going to do inside the Octagon is something that is going to change the image of the sport. I'm going to beat his ass like its never been beat before. I'm going to make sure every one of his teeth is broken. His arms are broke, his legs are broke. He's not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself. I guarantee that."
"I'm going to make him pay. I'm going to make him eat everything he's said, not only about myself but about our country, about everything. I'm going to make him pay and make sure he never disrespects any Brazilian.. any fighter. I'm going to beat him the way his parents should have beat him to teach him some manners."
Get ready for the fireworks July 7th when UFC 148 takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on Pay-Per-View starting at 7 PM on the West Coast. The prelims will be featured on FX starting at 5 PM PT.
MAIN CARD (Pay-Per-View)
Main Event - Middleweight Championship
Champion Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen
Co-main Event - 205 lbs
Forrest Griffin vs Tito Ortiz
185 lbs: Cung Le vs Patrick Cote
170 lbs: Dong Hyun Kim vs Demian Maia
145 lbs: Chad Mendes vs Cody McKenzie
135 lbs: Ivan Menjivar vs Mike Easton
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
155 lbs: Gleison Tibau vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
155 lbs: Melvin Guillard vs Fabricio Camoes
185 lbs: Constantinos Philippou vs Riki Fukuda
155 lbs: John Alessio vs Shane Roller
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
155 lbs: Rafaello Oliveira vs Yoislandy Izquierdo.
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All bouts live and subject to change.