Wanderlai Silva has accused Chael Sonnen of being a 'racist' in an Instagram rant against his UFC 175 opponent.
'The Axe Murderer' posted this video to his Instagram, in which Sonnen says: "If they sell 100,000 tickets I hope they put them in a nice ball, turn them sideways and shove them straight up their a**, that’s what they can do with the Brazilian crowd."
At the time Sonnen had just beaten Brian Stann at UFC 136 and was asked his thoughts on a possible bout with Anderson Silva taking place in Brazil but now Wanderlai is using Sonnen's own words against him saying that the American 'deserves no respect'.
"This guy is a racist and he doesn’t deserve our respect. I wouldn’t be mad (at him) if I had no reasons to be. This is just one of the things he said about us."
"Now, if you want to cheer for him be my guest, you deserve my respect," Silva wrote. "I don’t agree with him and I think we should be united this time. We’re stronger together."
The comments about uniting for support come after the two had a brawl on the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 and Wanderlai's assistant punched Sonnen while he was scuffling with Wanderlai.
That fight was initiated by Wanderlai and, coupled with the actions of his assistant, has left the fighter's popularity in his home country at an all time low. According to Brazilian website UOL, only 29% of the 70,000 voters plan on cheering for him.
That brawl left UFC President Dana White furious as he revealed that Wanderlai injured himself in the fight and it meant their initial fight date of UFC 173, in May, had to be pushed back to UFC 175 in July.
"What happened was, Wanderlei got hurt in that fight. He got double-legged on the concrete. He hurt his back and he hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured," said White.
"So, he couldn't fight in time because he got hurt in the fight, fucking coaching the show. It's just disgusting."
Many called the brawl 'fake' and 'scripted' which White denied vehemently saying that: "it wouldn't of happened if I was there."
The two have had a heated rivalry for years now and while it had been kept verbal up until their brawl, it certainly only added to the intensity of the fight - if it does indeed happen. Sonnen said at the start of the month that he expects Wanderlai will try and 'weasel out' of the fight still.
With waining support, fresh injuries and likely his UFC career on the line, it wouldn't surprising if Wanderlai does find some way to avoid the bout.
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