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At the UFC on FOX 2 press conference, over and over, Chael Sonnen's responses to questions both from the media and fans drew the loudest cheers. If Sonnen is MMA's "bad guy," as he proclaims, then the fans have indeed come around to loving a villain. Even when Sonnen bashed Silva, the consensus No. 1 fighter in the world, he was greeted with roars from the crowd.
"I really don't care about Anderson Silva," Sonnen said. "I truly don't. How hard is it gonna be to become world champion beating up math teachers? I don't understand it. Give Anderson Silva my schedule and see how well he does. Yeah, I think he's ducking me."
And though White says Silva faking an injury to duck Sonnen is far from the case, he told HeavyMMA after the press conference that in all his years in the business, in all his years watching sports in general, Sonnen is in an elite class when he has a microphone in front of him.
"(I've never seen) even anywhere near him," White said. "Seriously – and everybody's going to go crazy over this – but I've never seen anyone who can talk like this guy can since Muhammad Ali. Seriously. Since Muhammad Ali – the stuff that just comes right off the top of his head, and is hilarious. And you don't know what's real and what's not real."
Like Tony Soprano or Vic Mackey on "The Shield," Sonnen has become the heel many fans are loving to cheer for.
"I assure you, on Jan. 28, I will be ready," Sonnen said. "It will be one more in the win column, one more above the mantel and one more for the bad guy."