Ed Soares matchmaking again: Chael Sonnen should fight Demian Maia first

Brazilian manager Ed Soares reacted to Chael Sonnen’s comments regarding Anderson Silva and his credibility, stating that “no one knows who Sonnen is” and that he should prove his worth against Demian Maia first. Soares manages most of the Brazilian fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which makes him a very “heavy” figure when it comes to matchmaking:

“We’ve spoken with Chael on many occasions and have the utmost respect for him. He’s never really come across in this manner, and it’s obvious he’s just drumming up hype in hopes to get a bout with Anderson. We are fine if this is what the UFC wants, but if you look at this logistically, Sonnen should fight Demian Maia first. Demian beat up easily, by submission, so why not make them fight first, to determine who gets a shot at the title? It’s funny, but really, who actually listens to what Chael Sonnen has to say?

The only time people listen is when he talks about Anderson. Who is he, really? If you walk down the street and you mention his name, does anyone really know who this guy is? Likely not, but if you mention Anderson Silva, people know the name. Chael’s also said a few things about Anderson’s choice of clothes and that he wears earrings, didn’t he? Sounds to us like he may have a crush on Anderson.”

Last time Ed Soares intervened in matchmaking decisions is when Dan Henderson brutally knocked out Michael Bisping. Soares suggested that Henderson should face Nate Marquardt first, which led to a dispute between Hendo and the UFC management. Only time will tell how Dana White will react to Soares’ statements and what will be Anderson Silva’s position in the promotion after the UFC Middleweight Title fight against Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.


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    Lowkickdodger

    February 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I hope Dana is not listening to what this guy has to say. Seems like hes protecting his cash cow form getting beat eventualy cos it will happened sooner or later. I like SIlva but htis guy should shut up or disappear.

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    Anton Gurevich

    February 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    He is doing a good job as an agent. No doubt about that. But he is not a matchmaker, not even close – that is not his role. Sonnen defeated Okami, Dan Miller and Nate Marquardt in his last fights – all top 10 UFC Middleweights.

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    terra2805

    February 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I would have completely agreed with Soares normally but the main reason i don’t is because it was widely stated BEFORE this fight took place that it was a title eliminator and that the winner would get the next shot, which i’m sure, people wouldn’t have a problem with had Marquardt won. i like Nate and completely expected him to dominate that fight and win convincingly, i knew Sonnen was a grinder though, most of his wins by decision says it all. To be honest, i don’t like Chael at all, he runs his mouth about fighters that he has no right to and generally just talks shit but you have to be fair. He knew he was fighting for a title shot and even though he HAS NOT got a prayer against Silva, it would be wrong to take that away now. Give him what he deserves i say, (in more ways than one) feed him to Silva, give him his shot, let Silva put him in his place. Sick Nate lost, would liked to have seen him get another crack at Anderson, he’d definately do better than Sonnen will…………

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    MAMBA24ILL

    February 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Soares is right. Chael’s been fighting for a while but he didn’t do anything till he beat Nate. Chael pretty much talked him into title contention.

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    Krogan

    February 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    It’s pretty obvious that Ed is trying to prevent Silva from having to fight people he might lose to. He saw what Hendo did to Bisping and went, shit want no part of that. Then Nate knocks out Maia (who they wanted to fight) and Ed goes, “want no part in fighting Nate” so he has to fight Sonnen and now Sonnen dominates Nate and Ed goes “We don’t want to fight Sonnen” becuase he wants to give Maia another shot at title, someone Silva could beat with 1 hand tied behind his back.

    I am surprised really that he took the Vitor fight but probably Dana finally put his foot down and said “Maia lost to Nate, he can’t get the title shot you have to fight someone, you turned down Hendo and Nate only Vitor left to fight, suck it up.

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    Ninja

    February 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    i agree, but i read somewhere that soares said silva still has 4 yrs in him so we mite see him fight sonnen and ppl like gsp, shogun etc

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    UrHype

    February 10, 2010 at 1:28 am

    A champion fights who ever they face him against, that’s what makes a champion, Soares needs to step out of that conversation, money is money.

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    therealgarrylt1

    February 10, 2010 at 3:26 am

    TOLD YOU ALL SOARES WAS GAY.

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    therealgarrylt1

    February 10, 2010 at 3:31 am

    SHARP AND THE TRUTH

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    therealgarrylt1

    February 10, 2010 at 3:34 am

    AGREED

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    therealgarrylt1

    February 10, 2010 at 3:52 am

    AGREED CAUSELESS AGREED

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    therealgarrylt1

    February 10, 2010 at 3:55 am

    SHARPED TRUE

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    therealgarrylt1

    February 10, 2010 at 4:08 am

    FIRST OF ALL ED SOARES IS A GAY NOTHN! HENDO GOT TURNED DOWN! THEY TRIED TOO TURN DOWN VITOR! LOL DIDNT WORK ! BY THE WAY THATS DANA U DID DO A GOOD JOB THERE! AND SONNEN! MAIA GOT BEAT BY NATE THE GREAT! NATE WAS NUMBER 1! SONNEN BEAT NATE! NOW SONNEN IS NEXT AFTER WHOM EVER WINS SILVA VS VITOR FIGHT! SILVA IS NOT GOING TOO HAVE THAT MIDDLE WEIGHT TITLE FOR TOO LONG! VITOR WOULD MAKE A BETTER CHAMP ANY WAYS! EVEN SONNEN WOULD!

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