For as much that was shown on the air during Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva’s stint as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) “Brazil 3” — including this now-infamous brawl — there was a lot of interesting stuff that didn’t make it past the cutting room floor.
That’s according to Sonnen, who revealed on “The MMA Hour” (via MMA Fighting) that he pretty much saved the show from going under after Silva blew a gasket and quit the show on day one after “American Gangster” refused to apologize for previous insults against Brazil.
To hear Sonnen tell it, it was a complete disaster, as UFC President Dana White already had Vitor Belfort on standby to serve as a last-minute replacement for “The Axe Murderer.” However, Sonnen decided to pull Silva into a room and explain to him a million(s) of reason(s) that the show had to go on.
And after the Brazilian decided he should call the shots, Sonnen pulled out his bank account to show the Brazilian he was the last person to be telling him what to do.
“So, I’m trying to be real with him. I’m trying to be as real as I can, because this whole thing is about to blow up. I go, ‘Wanderlei, here’s the script, okay? I’m the bad guy. I insulted this entire nation. You wear the white hat. You get to come in and be the good guy. When you’re bullying me, when you’re physically starting fights with me, when you’re quitting and walking off set and leaving this whole thing hanging, you’re now making me vulnerable. If I’m vulnerable, then I become the good guy. I don’t want to be the good guy. But, you do, so enjoy being the good guy. I’ll keep being the bad guy. But, stay ….View full article
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