Chael Sonnen (28-13-1, pictured right) didn’t even get chance to draw breath following his first-round submission victory over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC Fight Night 26, before a host of fighters began calling out the Oregan native, throwing their names into the mix for the next shot at the self-proclaimed ‘Bad Guy’.
In Sonnen’s post-fight interview, he made it quite clear that if it’s up to him, Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 (1nc)) is the next person on his radar, giving one of his trademark promo’s following the bout and stating that he’d like to fight ‘The Axe Murderer’ in three-months time.
“I’m the man of the hour Joe, too sweet to be sour, what you see is what you get, and what you don’t is better yet. I’m the women’s pick, I’m the men’s regret and if you went against Chael Sonnen you made a bad bet. Now, right here on the UFC’s new home, Fox Sports 1, Wanderlei Silva, six feet tall and 205lbs, boy until I met you I didn’t know they could stack crap that high.”
And as UFC commentator Joe Rogan (pictured left) tried to interject, Sonnen had other ideas,
“Woah, woah, woah I will let you know when I’m done Joe, I just got done with a world champion, if you think I want to add a middle-aged comedian just for the god damn pleasure of it you better think again, Wanderlei Silva three months, you and the bad guy.”
However, while Wanderlei Silva has openly stated he wants to fight Sonnen, it wasn’t long until Vitor Belfort (23-10) was also throwing his name into the hat, by posting the following on Twitter after hearing Sonnen’s post-fight speech.
— Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) August 18, 2013
Fellow Brazilian, Lyoto Machida (19-4) was another who threw his name into the hat,
— Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) August 18, 2013
While a call out from Belfort and Machida wasn’t particularly unexpected, given Sonnen’s past comments about Brazil, one man who did raise a few eyebrow was Phil Davis (12-1 (1nc), who also took to Twitter, stating he wants to fight Sonnen for the country of Brazil.
Enough is enough… I want to fight @sonnench for the whole country of Brazil! Name a time, name a date and bring your face!
— Phil Davis (@PhilMrWonderful) August 18, 2013
A bout between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva probably looks the most likely at the moment, however, with Belfort, Machida and Davis all currently without a scheduled fight, it will be interesting to see if any of them get their wish to take on ‘The Bad Guy’, or if the UFC brass go with the fight that many fans for a long time have been clamouring for.