Chael Sonnen was only three minutes away from ending UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s undefeated UFC streak and taking home the championship this past Saturday night. However, it was not to be, as Silva was able to catch Sonnen in a double triangle-armbar submission with minutes left in the fight to retain his title.
“It’s devastating. I can’t sugar-coat it. My heart’s broken,” said Sonnen at the UFC 117 post-fight press conference. “I came back with a silver medal. I wrestled for a world championship, I came in second. I fought in the WEC for a world championship, I came in second. Now, I fought in the UFC and again, I’m a runner-up and it hurts really bad.”
Sonnen dominated the champion for four straight rounds, and found himself winning the fifth round before getting caught. Sonnen noted that despite the loss, he didn’t regret his six-month trash talking of the champion.
“I don’t apologize for anything, I never did, and if I ever backed off from my stance I would send myself a pink slip and move on in life,” said Sonnen. “I have one goal, it’s to be the world champion, and I’m not backing off that goal because of tonight’s decision. …I’m not Dog the Bounty Hunter. I don’t issue apologies and you’re not going to be the first to get one out of me.”
Sonnen noted that he wanted a rematch with Silva, comparing fighting Silva to Chinese food, stating, “twenty minutes after I do it, I’m going to want to do it again. If the Commission would sanction it and [Dana White] would move out of the way, I’d fight him [again] right now.
“If it’s Anderson or I have to go up after the guys at 205 or go on a diet and go after [WEC featherweight champion] Jose Aldo, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “If you’ve got the belt, I’m coming after you.”