Ed Soares, the manager for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, tells Sportsnet that he feels Chael Sonnen, who defeated Nate Marquardt on Saturday to earn the next title shot against the winner of an April matchup between Silva and Vitor Belfort, should first rematch Demian Maia before fighting for the title:
“At the moment, we are completely focused on Anderson’s title defense versus Vitor Belfort (at UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi).
We’ve spoken with Chael on many occasions and have the utmost respect for him. He’s never really come across in this manner, and it’s obvious he’s just drumming up hype in hopes to get a bout with Anderson. We are fine if this is what the UFC wants, but if you look at this logistically, Sonnen should fight Demian Maia first. Demian beat up easily, by submission, so why not make them fight first, to determine who gets a shot at the title?
It’s funny, but really, who actually listens to what Chael Sonnen has to say? The only time people listen is when he talks about Anderson. Who is he, really? If you walk down the street and you mention his name, does anyone really know who this guy is? Likely not, but if you mention Anderson Silva, people know the name.
Chael’s also said a few things about Anderson’s choice of clothes and that he wears earrings, didn’t he? Sounds to us like he may have a crush on Anderson.”
Pictured: Ed Soares and Anderson Silva (via Combat Lifestyle)