De UFC 148 media call ging waarschijnlijk iets anders dan de meeste MMA journalisten hadden gepland. De normaal zo respectvolle en vriendelijke Anderson Silva sprak namelijk harde taal richting zijn tegenstander in de main event op 7 juli, Chael Sonnen. De uitspraken verraste zelfs Dana White:
There were bad words between Rampage and Rashad but what makes this one crazy is I’ve promoted every Anderson Silva fight in history and he usually doesn’t get fired up like this. He’s usually very respectful. He never talks like this.
Hoor hier o.a. de harde woorden van Anderson Silva:
Enkele hoogtepunten van “The Spider”:
Chael is a criminal. He’s been convicted of crimes. He doesn’t deserve to be in the Octagon. When the time is right, I’m going to break his face and break every one of his teeth in his mouth.
It doesn’t matter if I’m on bottom, side or top. It doesn’t matter. What I’m going to do to Chael will change the image of the sport. Chael Sonnen is going to get his ass kicked like never before. I’m going to beat his ass like never before. I’m going to break all his teeth, his arms, his legs. Chael Sonnen will not be able to walk out of the Octagon. I know he’s listening, the game is over. No more shit-talking. It’s on now.
I’m just gonna make him pay and make him eat everything he said not only about myself but about my country. I’m going to make him regret disrespecting any fighter. I’m going to beat him like his parents should have beat him to teach him manners because he’s disrespectful. I’m not playing anymore.