The Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen feud has provided plenty of entertainment over the past couple of years whether it be the trashtalk, their actual fight, or the whole mixed martial artist vs cage fighter philosophical clash of worlds. Given all the bottled up animosity and anxiety between these two fighters, it naturally makes sense that we get some interesting moments when it’s time for a stare-down between two testosterone packed men who absolutely hate each other.
The Silva vs Sonnen saga can be summed up with pictures of their staredowns.
It started with a relatively unknown Sonnen who was keen on proving to the world that he was not afraid of Silva, but Silva barely knew who Sonnen was so paid him no mind.
When Sonnen stepped up his trashtalk and started dissing Silva repeatedly, the champ decided it was time to stare back.
When it came time for the actual fight, both were pretty exhausted in the staring department and neither were able to conjure up their visual powers.
When the second fight was announced, both were so sick of each other that they believed the other didn’t even deserve a stardown…so they just stared PAST each other.
That’s until Silva remembered all the nasty things Sonnen had said since the first fight and a switch flicked inside his mind to go from respectful martial artist to a Brazilian hotblooded badass fighting for the pride of his country. And we remember what happened last time Silva was mad at someone – he went all Phantom of the Opera on Vitor Belfort:
Except this time, Silva went even one step further and decided he didn’t need a mask to get all up in another man’s grill dangerously close to kissing them. Anderson somehow managed to put his face INSIDE of Sonnen’s grill, perhaps staring down Chael’s brain because his eyes sure didn’t want to lock up with the Spider.
So now that the beef has come full circle, it’s painstakingly clear that the expression “the weakest dog barks the loudest” is on full display here and unfortunately for Chael, there’s no more running away.
The circus show is over, time for these two to settle it out once and for all on July 7 2012.