Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen on the same team for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3? If Sonnen has his way, it could happen. Sonnen whose in England to corner Luke Barnatt this Saturday, did a media scrum in England today for UFC Fight Night 30 and a video was posted on severemma.com that he will at least ask Silva to be an assistant coach.
It was announced Tuesday night that Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will be coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3. Filming for the show will begin 2014.
Sonnen and the former middleweight champion have had a long standing rivalry as Sonnen talked a lot of trash leading into their first fight at UFC 117 in August of 2010, with Sonnen dominating the fight and Silva won by submission with 1:50 left in the fight. A lot of hype surrounded the rematch with Sonnen making of Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva and fellow Brazilian fighters and their home country. They fought at UFC 147 last July with Silva winning by TKO in the second round.
The odds of the former middleweight kingpin pairing with Sonnen is slim, but feels that Silva would bring a lot to the table of being a coach.
“Anderson Silva was one of my first thoughts to ask,” Sonnen stated. “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.”
Do you think Anderson Silva will accept Sonnen’s invitation if asked?
Watch the video above as Sonnen also discusses a variety of topics in the sport.