Anderson Silva x Chael Sonnen intrigues veteran and raises questions about fight in Brazil

Ben Askren says he doesn't understand the acceptance and technical fit in boxing for his compatriot in the noble art

Chael Sonnen shows off Anderson Silva tattoo. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @ChaelSonnen

Chael Sonnen displays a tattoo Anderson Silva. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @ChaelSonnen

The fighting world was intrigued by the boxing super fight announcement between Chael Sonnen e Anderson Silva, scheduled for June 15th in Brazil, on 'Spaten Fight Night'. The historic rivalry between middleweights (under 83,9kg) gained a new chapter, but now swapping the octagon for the ring.

Ben Askren, a longtime friend of Sonnen who also ventured into boxing after being knocked out by Jake Paul, did not hide his surprise at the choice of his rival.

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“Chael, I love you, but I don't know why you're boxing. At least when I did my fight, I thought that Jake Paul it was bad. Unfortunately, for me, he's not that bad and continues to win boxing matches,” Askren said on his podcast.

For Askren, Sonnen's motivation is an enigma. Despite the surprise, the North American wishes the current commentator success in his debut in the sport.

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“I honestly don’t know why Chael is doing this. Anderson is a high-level striker, with even a few boxing fights under his belt. He lost to Jake Paul, but beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. – who he will face Darren till in July. I can’t understand the logic”, analyzes the former fighter.

Anderson Silva x Chael Sonnen

The rivalry between Chael Sonnen e Anderson Silva is unforgettable for MMA fans. In addition to the American's constant provocations, the first confrontation, at UFC 117 in 2010, will be immortalized in the UFC Hall of Fame. UFC in June.

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During the fight, Chael largely dominated until he was submitted by Anderson with an unlikely triangle, leading to one of the most emblematic comebacks in the history of Ultimate. In the rematch, a new victory for Spider, but by knockout.

 

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