Is Dana White trying to get Chael Sonnen killed?
Still, Chael Sonnen insists on poking the bear, and continuously disrespecting Silva and his training partners.
They fought at UFC 117 back in August of 2010, a fight dominated by Sonnen for 4+ rounds, before Silva caught him in a triangle armbar in the 5th round. Sonnen is working his way towards a rematch, and with a win over Mark Munoz on January 28 on FOX, he might get his wish.
The catch: UFC president Dana White says that if the rematch happens, it will be in a soccer stadium in Brazil.
This would be the 2nd time Anderson Silva has gotten a chance to defend his UFC title in Brazil. The first time was against Yushin Okami, the last man to beat Silva (via DQ, in 2006).
Sonnen was planning on going to Brazil with Okami, one of his training partners, and working his corner for him. Due to quite a few death threats, he was asked not to make the trip.
Why do Brazilians hate Sonnen so much? It might have to do with his constant bashing of Silva, their national hero. Or maybe it's his homophobic comments about jiujitsu, revolutionized and popularized by Brazilian legend Hélio Gracie. It might be his disparaging comments toward Black House, run by the (Brazilian) Nogueira brothers. It could be the way he called Wanderlei Silva, another Brazilian fighter, a stupid immigrant.
Basically, there are plenty of reasons for Brazilian MMA fans to hate Sonnen. And there are plenty of reasons for them to want to rip him limb from limb. Consequently, they'd love nothing more than to see Anderson Silva dismantle Sonnen in front of 30,000+ screaming Brazilian fans in their home country.
And now, it looks like Dana White might actually give it to them.