Although many people thought that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva may have been playing up their feud heading into filming of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3, it appears that there’s some real fire behind the flames.
UFC president Dana White on Monday told MMAWeekly.com that the two coaches got into an actual physical confrontation while on set earlier in the day in Brazil.
“Wanderlei and Chael fought. Just today. They literally fought,” White said after hesitating about whether or not he should reveal the reality series incident.
He didn’t have a lot of details yet, but said there was a physical confrontation between the two and that at least one other person from Silva’s team was involved.
“While they were fighting, one of Wanderlei's guys sucker punched Chael,” White continued. “It went on for awhile.”
Sonnen and Silva are supposed to fight in a bout inside the Octagon after the reality series concludes, not so much on the set of the show. Of course, such incidents can be good promotional fodder, but past competitors on the show have been booted for fighting on the set outside of competition.
“It’s on a reality show; it’s good and it’s bad,” said White. “A fight didn’t need to break out between these two for people to be excited about this fight (after the show), because these two have been at each other’s throats.”
Sonnen and Silva have been tossing barbs at each other via social media and in person for years, but now it’s finally led to fisticuffs.
Now the question is: will they make it to their actual fight in the Octagon or is their feud too hot for the UFC to handle?