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Anderson Silva: I'm going to change sport with beating of Chael Sonnen

FC mixed martial arts fighters Anderson Silva, left,

FC mixed martial arts fighters Anderson Silva, left, and Chael Sonnen face off during at a news conference in San Francisco. (Aug. 5, 2010) Credit: AP

Anderson Silva took "Fightin' Words" to a whole new level in Monday's conference call ahead of UFC 148 in Las Vegas.

Recently, Chael Sonnen (27-11-1), Silva's opponent on July 7, made controversial remarks about Brazil and Silva's wife. The attacks provoked Silva, who is usually reserved, to unleash a head-turning "guarantee" during the conference call:

"I'm going to beat his **** like he's never been beaten before. I'm going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broken, his legs are broken; he's not going to be able to walk out of the octagon by himself. I can guarantee that."

Silva also said that what he's "going to do inside the octagon is something that's going to change the image of the sport."

UFC president Dana White said of Silva's outburst, "I've promoted every Anderson Silva fight since he's been in the UFC and I've never heard him talk even remotely like this. He usually doesn't say anything negative or disrepectful."

The two fighters last met at UFC 117. Sonnen dominated most of the fight, but Silva managed to win late on a triangle choke.

Silva (31-4), the current UFC Middleweight Champion, will be making his 10th title defense.

Listen to Silva's remarks about Sonnen below:


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