Following his heart-breaking loss to Anderson Silva Saturday night, Chael Sonnen made it very clear at the post-fight press conference that he wanted an immediate rematch against Silva.
That wasn't just his emotions talking. Sonnen obviously thinks he has what it takes to beat the middleweight champion, and his manager, Mike Roberts, backed up his client on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
Roberts said that both he and Sonnen met with the UFC Monday to talk about what's next for Sonnen, and in that meeting, Sonnen let it be known that he is ready to dance again with "The Spider."
"We've had talks," Roberts said. "I just had a talk with [the UFC] [Monday] morning. You know, we don't tell them how to do their job. The only thing that we do is tell them what we want, and the simple question was asked, 'What does Chael want?' And Chael's answer was, 'I want to do this again. The party ain't over yet.'
"They said they were going to figure it out, probably in the next week. Dana [White] and Joe Silva are going to get together and put their heads together and see what makes sense. I'm sure Anderson and Ed are going to say their opinions on what they think and we're going to say our opinions on what we think, and Dana and Joe will figure out the best scenario. But I can't imagine that any less than 7 out of 10 fans would want to see that fight again."
As for the news that came out after the fight that Silva had badly injured his ribs in training 10 days before the bout, Roberts thought it was a sign of disrespect to mention it immediately following the win.
"I believe [Silva injured his ribs], but my take on that is this: even if it's true, there's no need to say that; there's no point. And I mean, Chael has plenty of issues that distracted him and injuries going into this fight that it's just pointless to bring up. I don't know of a fighter that has gone in [to a fight] non-injured."
When asked if he thought Silva's camp was trying to take something away from Sonnen by discussing the injury after the fight, Roberts said, "Oh, sure. For sure. That's the only way there is to look at it," but added that Sonnen wasn't surprised Silva mentioned it.
"The way I look at it is, Chael fought his fight. And Chael had Anderson on his back for twenty-two minutes of that fight. ...The way I feel is that Chael had Anderson in the position he wanted him, and if he wasn't able to finish Anderson in twenty-two minutes in the position you said you wanted him in, then, hey man, you had your shot. No offense, not saying you can't get another shot, but you know what I mean?"
Upon hearing that, Roberts, who serves as the COO of MMA Incorporated, said he wasn't surprised to hear that Silva nor his camp were campaigning for an immediate rematch.
"I don't blame them for wanting to fight Vitor Belfort first," he said. "I mean, look what you saw. You think Anderson is dying to get back in there for another five rounds of that? I don't blame him for saying that. It makes way more sense for Chael and Anderson to fight again. "
When contacted by MMA Fighting regarding whether he had made a decision on Silva's next fight, UFC president Dana White responded, "not yet."
Roberts added that he expects the UFC to make a decision on the matter sometime next week.
"I'm sure Dana will make the right decision. He's a very smart guy," he said.
(Ed. note: Watch episode 45 of The MMA Hour below.)
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