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Sonnen: Anderson's scared, he wants out of this fight

ESPN staff
July 6, 2012
Chael Sonnen talks Anderson Silva

Chael Sonnen claims only one man will want to be in the Octagon come Saturday night, insisting Anderson Silva will have to be dragged kicking and screaming.

Sonnen is convinced the UFC middleweight champion has been ducking him ahead of their rematch, after the American came within two minutes of beating Silva in their first fight.

Endless insults, aimed not only at Silva but all whom he cares about, have seen Sonnen eventually talk his way back into the cage with the Brazilian. Now, Sonnen claims Silva even tried to get out of the fight at the press conference by attempting to get disqualified.

"I'm the best. I'm the best ever. I'm a volunteer army. He got drafted. He did everything he could to get out of this fight," Sonnen said.

"He tried to start a fight with me two days ago at the press conference to get disqualified from the fight. That's how much he's tried to avoid it.

"My point is not that he's not a very good fighter, it's that when you pick your opponents like Mike Tyson did, it's phoney.

"I'm gonna put him on his back and run my fist into his face for five rounds. People can talk gameplans, that's what mixed martial artists do. I'm not a mixed martial artist. I'm a cage fighter - there's a tremendous difference."

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