Today, we were treated to a very interesting presser
in Brazil, where Dana announced the move of the Silva/Sonnen rematch from Brazil to Las Vegas. Chael finally showed his face in the country where he is most hated (assuming we didn't see a Tupac-like hologram of Chael today). We had Chael being his normal self, interrupting and throwing barbs at an Anderson who was chastising Chael's demeanor. I was suprised how short it lasted, as apparently was Dana. After a day's worth of traveling with Chael, the media seemed content with just 15-20 minutes of translated questioning.
What I'm going to be talking about though is the staredown at the end. It was as awkward as it was intense, and I've broken it down into four distinct parts.Part 1 - The Sweet Whisperings
In this first, failed, staredown; the dudes just get way too close. Chael tries to do his signature intense staredown but for some reason they are put 10 inches closer to each-other than they should be. This gives the appearance that the two men are sharing a special moment with each-other. "I wish I knew how to quit you, Andy."Part 2 - The Attempted Robbery
This part made me laugh audibly, even though I was watching the presser alone. Dana realizes that the prior showing of affection was no staredown at all, and they needed to do another one. Also, Anderson Silva is given his belt by a handler. Chael reaches out to take the belt from an annoyed Anderson's hands. Dana smartly restrains Chael before it gets too serious. Part 3 - The Photo-Op
Chael Sonnen, the constant entertainer. As they square up to take a non-romantic photo, it's seen that Chael will not be looking back at the champ, who was transfixed on Sonnen. In typical WWE/Chael fashion, Sonnen hams up for the camera and gives a big smile while Anderson seems unfazed scowling at Sonnen.Part 4 - The Actual Staredown
After 1-2 minutes of attempting to stage a staredown for pressers, we finally get a few seconds of an actual staredown! Right before breaking the fighters up, they finally give-in and the rivals get a nice old-fashioned staredown in. Maybe after all the sweet whispers, both men were too bashful to stare at one another for more than a few seconds though. Either way, Anderson broke the gaze first and walked off the stage, leaving us all anxious for the fight now slated for the July 4th weekend in Vegas.