Sonnen standing by strong words against 'The Spider'

For a guy who is 1-2 in the UFC and was just welcomed back to the promotion after a short stay in the WEC, Chael Sonnen is a pretty confident guy when it comes to his thoughts about Anderson Silva. Silva, who sits atop the Yahoo! Sports' MMA pound-for-pound list along with Fedor Emelianenko, is a sitting duck for several middleweights on the UFC's roster according to Sonnen. Sonnen told USAToday on Wednesday that he and his opponent at UFC 95 Demian Maia can beat Silva. He was smashed across the web for his boisterous claim. When asked by Cage Writer if he'd like to clarify his statements, he said no way and delivered more shots at Silva:

"If Demian Maia was to fight him, I would bet on Demian to win, so would most fighters. I don't think the average fan would, I'm not delusional. He's very good but he's not as good as they say he is."

It's also interesting to note that Sonnen said that Silva himself has stated he can't beat his own teammate middleweight Paulo Filho.

Click to hear Sonnen on Silva and teammates squaring off in the Octagon:

The discussion turned to a situation the UFC may be forced to deal with in the future where a champion may have to fight one of his teammates. If Keith Jardine beats Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans get by guys like Lyoto Machida and Chuck Liddell once again, wouldn't the obvious fight for Evans be against Jardine? Both train in Albuquerque at Jackson's Submissions Fighting and say they will never fight one another. The same scenario is developing within the top 10 of the welterweight division. If Jon Fitch, Josh Kosheck and Mike Swick ever move into the No. 2-4 slots, wouldn't they have to fight to determine who gets a shot at a title?

Sonnen agreed that these scenarios could be troubling for the UFC. He pointed out that he doesn't think the UFC and matchmaker Joe Silva would ever force teammates to fight. What about former teammates and good friends Silva and Wanderlei Silva? Silva v. Silva looks like a natural with the "Axe Murderer" moving down to middleweight.