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Chael Sonnen Admits ‘I Knew What I Was Doing; I Tried to Game the System'
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Chael Sonnen Admits ‘I Knew What I Was Doing; I Tried to Game the System'

Chael Sonnen certainly appeared to get the better of Wanderlei Silva in their brief brawl on the set of TUF: Brazil  3. Sonnen ducked under Silva's initial blow, took the former champ down with ease and then landed punches from on top of the Brazilian.

The only problem was, of course, that Silva's assistant coach Andre Dida jumped in to help his teammate and punched Sonnen in the back of the head a number of times. In an interview with The Wrestling Observer, Sonnen said that he felt fine after the skirmish, but later realized that he likely suffered some short-term memory loss as a result.

"I felt like I was okay, but I had dialog with some guys, including one guy in production the next day and he told me the dialog wasn't coherent the next day. I told him a story that I thought was a pretty good story, but I wasn't getting much of a reaction. He said, `The problem is, you told me the story yesterday,'" Sonnen said.

The trash-talking wrestler went on to say that he still wasn't concerned enough to go to a hospital, however. Sonnen will get his chance to go one-on-one with Silva at UFC 175 and knows that "The Axe Murderer" can still pack a punch.

"This won't go down in a 30-second match," Sonnen said.

"We're going to have to work hard. I can tease Wanderlei, but he's got tremendous heart, he hits extremely hard, especially early. He's a little wild, but if the shot lands, I'm not above being in trouble."

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