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Chael Sonnen

If, and according to Chael Sonnen that’s still a big if, Wanderlei Silva makes it to their fight later this year, “The American Gangster” has plans for his next fight.

Vitor Belfort.

Sonnen, in an interview with Gracie Magazine that you can view in the video below, believes he needs to face Belfort before calling it a career. Sonnen has called out Silva, Belfort and all other Brazilian fighters over the years with comments regarding the country and their way of life.

“Vitor and I’s paths will cross. There’s two guys that, for my career to be complete, I have to fight,” Sonnen said, of Silva and Belfort. “The UFC will tell you the same thing. Sooner or later, that will happen.”

Sonnen also made several bold proclamations, calling himself the “highest paid fighter the UFC’s had,” but that he’s “not in this for the money. I’m not in it for the fame. I do believe a person should just be themselves.”

Sonnen and Silva are the head coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 that is currently airing on Fight Pass.

nate diaz

Former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson doesn’t really seem to care if Nate – or Nick – Diaz believe his apology for comments posted to his Twitter account over the weekend.

Thomson, who called out Nick Diaz for a fight on the social media platform, insists that his phone was stolen while out to dinner and someone else made the remarks. They included mentioning his knockout victory over Nate Diaz last year.

Nate himself took to Twitter and stated that he didn’t believe Thomson, saying he “got drunk talked a bunch of stupid shit when you woke up you panicked an back-peddled.”

Well, Thomson responded, writing, “I apologized out of respect for you and brother, if it’s not appreciated, honestly, I don’t give crap what you believe.”

Currently, both Diaz brothers have expressed their frustrations with the UFC. Nick retired after a loss to Georges St-Pierre and has turned down several fight offers, while Nate is asking for a new contract after defeating Gray Maynard to close out 2013.

Thomson is coming off a decision loss to Benson Henderson in January, but is sidelined after suffering a hand injury in the fight.

UFC Fighter Frolics with Girlfriend

They say the trick to wooing a Dagestani girl is compliment her on her fur and make sure she has a nice muzzle, collar and chain. If that’s true, then UFC star lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is totally a boss when it comes to the women in his home country.

Yesterday, the 155 pounder no one wants to fight posted this to his Instagram with the pretty much indecipherable caption, “Met my friend from childhood and my best sparing partner ever, and now my hunting belt started.” But language barrier be damned! It’s clear that when it comes to love and affection, the dude and his woman are extremely happy together.

Anderson Silva

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has kept everyone up-to-date on his progress from a December broken leg. Now, “The Spider” is ready to step up his rehab to another level.

Ed Soares, the manager for Silva, told MMAjunkie.com that his client has been cleared to resume MMA training. Silva was being looked over by doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles.

“We’ve talked with the UFC, and we’ll see what they come up with,” Soares said, in regards to a possible return to the Octagon for the former champion.

Silva (33-6) previously stated that he would not fight again this year, but UFC president Dana White recently said there was a chance he could return. White added that if it wasn’t late-2014, early-2015 would be the time for Silva’s return.

“He always does that with the media,” White said. “I don’t know if he likes to play with you guys or what he likes to do, but I said, he’ll be back in 2014 or first thing in 2015. End of 2014 or beginning of 2015 is what I said.”

In December, Chris Weidman successfully defeated Silva for a second time after checking a leg kick that left the challenger on the canvas with a broken leg. Earlier in the year, Weidman stopped Silva in the second round to become the UFC champion.

As for who Silva might be facing off against, Soares said “He’s not one to call anyone out particularly.” The 39-year-old holds numerous UFC records, including for the longest title reign and most consecutive wins.

josh thomson

Josh Thomson and the Diaz brothers have had their fair share of issues in the past.

So, when Thomson’s Twitter account showed a post reflecting his displeasure with Nick Diaz, it didn’t seem completely out of the ordinary. The former champion has used social media in the past to “discuss” his fighting career with the likes of Anthony Pettis and others.

Thomson, though, retracted when he stated that his phone was stolen and the post in question was not made by him. Here’s what first appeared on his page:

“I knocked out your brother, I’ll knock ur (expletive) ass out in San Jose July 26th. Let’s do it (expletive), San Jose vs. Stockton. Yup, (Expletive) U NICK DIAZ!”

Nick Diaz announced his retirement and has turned down a handful of opportunities to return to the Octagon. Thomson is coming off a loss to Benson Henderson via decision, but bested Nate Diaz last year via knockout.

Thomson took to Twitter to explain what happened, saying, “People that know me, know I wouldn’t ever talk about a fighter like this. My phone was stolen last night while at dinner. I respect every fighter and especially the Diaz brothers. Nate and Nick always been cool guys to me and nothing bad to say. My apologies to anyone who was offended by the tweets and texts.”

So, do you believe him? Or did Thomson just use the “hack,” “stolen” or other clever word as an escape after he realized the backlash coming his way over the messages?

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