There is one person that will be paying much more attention to the middleweight title bout between champion Anderson Silva against former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort at UFC 112.
After his impressive win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 109, Sonnen will likely get next crack at the title.
Although Sonnen had won four of his previous five entering the UFC 109 contest, the Team Quest-trained fighter wasn’t able to finish-off any of those opponents, which presented the normally-uber aggressive Marquardt ample opportunity to make quick work of the wrestler.
Instead, Sonnen chose to put on the most impressive performance of his career and shocked the mixed martial arts world by leapfrogging into the middleweight top contender spot. Despite being more than a 3-to-1 favorite to win the scrap, Marquardt was the one that appeared unsure and gun-shy.
“I let him take control of the takedowns, and that was the key,” Marquardt said after the fight. “I got caught trying to slug with him, and that gave him the opening to shoot.”
Sonnen didn’t just take charge of their matchup, he is now dictating the direction of his career. Right now, all signs point to a five-round title affair against either Silva or Belfort, either way, Sonnen’s ready.
“I think I can beat any man God ever made,” Sonnen stated after his emotional victory.
Sure, but can you beat a Spider?