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We’re barely 24-hours away from fight night and the tension between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei is reaching breaking point.

Speaking yesterday after the Bellator NYC post-fight press conference, Sonnen spoke to about his latest return and the fight ahead of him tomorrow night in Madison Square Garden.

“I didn’t see a lot when I looked in his eyes,” Sonnen said. “To be honest, I was more looking at his hands because every time I get close to that son of a b*tch he does something. Today wasn’t really a big deal, he pushed me, but it could’ve been a punch, it could’ve been kick. I don’t understand why he can’t contain himself and why I keep on falling for it. I shouldn’t have let him get that close to me.”

With emotions running high, Sonnen admitted that he can’t wait to get in the cage on Saturday night and make Silva pay for everything that had gone before.

“I may have to check myself a little bit, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with emotion,” Sonnen said. “When it comes to fight day I’ll just go through my normal process–sleep as much as I can, warm up the same way and go through the process. But I’m chomping at the bit and I can’t wait to get my hands on the guy. I owe him, I owe him for things that he’s done. Even today and him pushing me, my mum is here and my uncle is here, he will pay for that.”

While he may be of the mindset to rip his head off, Sonnen won’t be underestimating Silva and he admitted that the Brazilian looked in good shape.

“It’s very hard to say, I don’t think he’s ever been known as a fighter with great conditioning, but he always going to be tough and we’ve never seen him take a step back because he was tired,” Sonnen said. “I really don’t know what shape he’s in, but he looked good today. He looked mean, he looked fit, but I’ll fight any Wanderlei whatever shape he’s in.”