Since it was announced that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva would coach opposite each other on the “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3,” there have been responses from both fighters about what they would like to see on the show.
“The Axe Murderer” said he wanted to make it Team USA vs. Team Brazil. As for Sonnen, he has decided to reach out to an old foe for help.
In a 15-minute interview, Sonnen said he would reach out to former rival and former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, to be an assistant coach for his team.
Near the end of the interview, Sonnen said The Spider was one of the first fighters he thought of asking to be a coach; however it would be for the benefit of the younger fighters rather than either the Spider or himself.
I agree with Sonnen’s thinking on this. The former champion has a wealth of knowledge he could pass to the younger fighters, as well as be a good communication tool between the members of Team Sonnen and their coach.
It would also be one of the most interesting angles of any season of “TUF.” Two former adversaries coming together to coach what could be the future of the UFC. It would be like Tito Ortiz coaching a season of “Fight Master” – assuming Spike TV renews it – and recruiting Ken Shamrock as an assistant coach.
Outside of the “TUF” house, Silva could introduce Sonnen to different parts of Brazil. They could even have a Team Sonnen barbecue at Silva’s house before the “TUF Brazil 3″ finale.
Sonnen said he believed that The Spider has a relationship with The Axe Murderer, which could result in a “no.” Still, that will not stop Sonnen from trying.
In the interview, Sonnen was also asked him on his thoughts about Silva’s idea for Team USA vs. Team Brazil, as well as any animosity the Brazilian contestants would have toward him. Sonnen said his focus will be on training the fighters on his team, no matter how they feel toward him.
Like Silva, I feel that Sonnen would make a great coach for the contestants wanting to fight in the UFC. I also think that some Brazilian fighters won’t let their feelings get in the way from learning from him.
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