Anderson Silva and Chael sun were rivals once in sport. A trio of wins and a heel persona straight out pro-wrestling brought about the win for the duo. ‘American Gangster’He created a pathway to UFC Middleweight Title and crawled beneath the skin of the fighters. ‘Spider’It was an interesting process. Despite the years-long animosity, however—and after Silva dusted Sonnen in their rematch—the Brazilian seemed happy to extend a friendly hand to his fallen foe.
“If you’d like to have a barbecue at my house, I’d love to have you over for a barbecue,”Silva said to Sonnen in Octagon via translator, after their second fight in 2012. Even Silva’s wife seemed happy to bury the hatchet, telling the former NCAA DI standout wrestler, “Come on, Chael. You can come to the barbecue. You just can’t touch my butt.”
Sonnen didn’t show up despite all the love.
At this point, of course, that’s all ancient history. Sonnen has retired from active competition since 2019. He’s currently an analyst for several combat sport broadcasts. While Silva is still competing, he’s taken his legendary talents over to boxing, where he’s currently getting set for a bout with celebrity pugilist Jake Paul.
Despite all the difficulties, they shared the stage during a Showtime press conference to discuss the PPV match. Sonnen served as the host. Together again on stage, it seems Silva couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask his ex-rival why he never showed up for a plate.
“You never come to my house, to my barbecue, man,”Silva placed his arm over Sonnen’s shoulder, and he needled him. “Why?”
Sonnen stated that Silva seemed polite to him at the time.
“Okay, okay, here’s the thing,” Sonnen explained. “I didn’t think it was a sincere offer. If I knew I was really invited—and then I didn’t know if your wife forgave me. It was a whole thing. That’s the real answer, why I didn’t come.”
Silva was more insistent this time, indicating that Sonnen still holds a spot at the cookout.
“No, c’mon man. You need to come,”Silva responded. “Please.”
“In Brazil?” Sonnen asked, incredulously.
“No. In Brazil a lot of people try to kill you,” Silva deadpanned. “People hate you in Brazil.”
See the delightful exchange below.
Anderson Silva vs. Jake Paul is set for Glendale, AZ and will air on Showtime PPV October 29th. Other bouts are yet to be announced.