Morning Report: Wanderlei Silva nearly quit TUF Brazil to force apology from Chael Sonnen

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Public humiliation and contractual obligations be damned, Wanderlei Silva just wasn't in the mood for TUF. I'm sure some MMA fans can relate.

Serving as coaches on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen didn't wait long to roll out the dramatics. As the two sides were set to divvy up the prospects, Silva apparently challenged Sonnen to apologize for his numerous unflattering statements about Brazil. Confronted with Sonnen's absolute refusal, Silva threatened to quit the show.

Saying he's 'ashamed' by Silva's 'stupidity,' Sonnen explained the situation to Combate (translated by Bloody Elbow's Fernando Arbex).

"He comes and says, 'The show stops if you don't apologize for what you said about Brazil'. He did what a real checkers player would do. He would never imagine that I would refuse to apologize. When I refused, all what he could do was give up. He put himself in check, I didn't do that. The show stopped and was almost over. They had to call Dana White and the producers. I begged him to come back and he didn't. So he called for a cab and the cab came. One producer had to stop him in the cab and make him come back."

With Silva finally signing his bout agreement, I guess we're left to assume reason prevailed in the end.

Wanderlei Silva faces Chael Sonnen in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Sonnen vs. Silva May 31in São Paulo, Brazil.

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MEDIA STEW

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Junior dos Santos gets eaten by piranhas in a Samsung commercial.

(HT to MMA Mania)

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Not quite Anderson-Vitor, but pretty good. Skip to 5:00.

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Long watches.

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Announced yesterday (Mar. 27 2014)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via heavyfl0w.

A Subjectively Negative Look At Chuck Liddell

This article is about how I believe sacred MMA cow Chuck Liddell to be a wee bit overrated by the masses. I hope you enjoy reading it, and if you don't, I hope you share your opinion as to why. Check the link out for your boy, as well:

Chuck Liddell is one of the most popular fighters in MMA history. His allure to casual fans was instrumental in bringing the UFC to its current heights. The Ultimate Fighter obviously played a huge role in this as well, but the fact that Liddell was in his heyday when the sport began to explode in the states helped matters exponentially. His style of fighting was something people wanted to see, pure and simple. A Cali-based, mohawked puncher with piercing blue eyes, you knew you were getting something memorable when Charles David Liddell stepped into the Octagon. All of these things are facts. Truths.

Here's the thing: I found him dreadful to watch.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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