VIDEO: When Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva Created the Greatest ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Moment Ever

Published 05/29/2021, 8:56 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 13: Chael Sonnen holds an open workout session for media inside the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on November 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


During the time they were a part of The Ultimate Fighter, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen had genuine animosity towards each other. We often saw the pair being at each other’s throats and taking various digs at each other. However, this wasn’t always the case, as Sonnen and Silva did not hate each other before 2010.

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The hatred began back in 2010 when while leading up to his fight with Anderson Silva, Sonnen made some questionable remarks about Brazil. Naturally, ‘The Axe Murderer’ was upset because of these remarks and thus started this rivalry which would go on for years.

The dislike that these fighters shared for each other was quite evident during The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3. Sonnen and Silva were coaching at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil event and were also expected to fight later that year. However, that would not happen as the rivalry between Sonnen and Silva became physical much before that.

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During the shooting of the show, Sonnen and Silva engaged in a brawl outside the Octagon. During this interaction, ‘The Axe Murderer’ injured his hand, and the fight had to be called off. Recently, UFC Europe tweeted a video of the brawl between Sonnen and Silva.

We can see how immediately after ‘The American Gangster’ says “I can’t let you get too close,” the altercation begins. The Ultimate Fighter has given us a plethora of memorable events. However, this brawl between Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva remains one of the best to date.

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva eventually faced each other at Bellator 180

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Because of the brawl and Silva’s injury, a fight between Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva could not happen back in 2013. However, the pair did eventually compete at the Bellator 180  event on June 24, 2017. Despite almost getting knocked out in the first round, Sonnen came back strong and dominated the rest of the fight.

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In the end, ‘The American Gangster’ won the fight via unanimous decision. Since then there has been brief contact between the fighters, however, their brawl remains etched in every MMA fan’s memory.

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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