Sonnen seems to think that Silva is more American than Brazilian because "The Axe Murderer" lives in the United States and left Brazil the first chance he got.
"I don't know that I'm against (Americans vs. Brazilians) – I hadn't heard that comment. I like it," Sonnen told MMAjunkie.com. "(But) let's make sure we're clear here. Wanderlei Silva lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. I live in West Linn, Oregon. Neither of us are from Brazil. The first chance he had to leave his countrymen, he did. He owns a business in America. He pays taxes to America. He enrolled his kids into an American school system. And he has contributed a grand total of zero dollars to Brazil, to any Brazilian charity. And there is no Brazilian charity that will defend him and come forward and say otherwise. He left that country. He was robbed, the last time he went to that country, at gunpoint – that is also on the record. So they're bringing in two outside guys."
Sonnen says he's not going to Brazil to troll Silva. He decided to coach on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3" simply because he wants to help young up-and-coming fighters make it into the UFC.
"I have a job to do," Sonnen said. "I said I would go there to coach them, and I meant it. And it won't be to pick fights with Wanderlei or to build up a fight between he and I. I'll be there for one reason, and that's to coach. How the athletes respond, it's a two-person sport – they need to do their part. It's their experience, and that would be up to them."
Sonnen even says he might reach out to Anderson Silva to serve as an assistant coach.
"Anderson Silva was one of my first thoughts to ask," Sonnen told MMAjunkie.com. "And again, that wouldn't be for me or Anderson. That would be for the young men who are kicking and clawing and trying to get into the UFC. I think his knowledge of the sport is tremendous, but also his ability to communicate in a Portuguese atmosphere would be very helpful.
"I think he's got a relationship with Wanderlei, so it's probably not likely. But that doesn't mean I won't reach out."
Sonnen will coach opposite Wanderlei Silva on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3," and the men will fight each other at the end of the season.