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Stann looks focused and mean on his way out. Sonnen mouthing the lyrics of his song as he enters the arena to a smattering of boos. Referee Kerry Hatley will referee this middleweight contest.
Round 1: No glove touch here. Sonnen closes the gap and looks for the takedown right away. Stann defends and turns Sonnen onto the fence. Stann working good right hooks to the body. Sonnen has Stann on the fence now; he lands a good knee from that position. Stann turns him, but Sonnen hits the trip on him and lands immediately in side control. Sonnen working knees to the body; Stann doing his best to defend, but Sonnen is all over him. Stann regains guard. He tries to get to his feet, but Sonnen takes his back. Sonnen showing some real ground chops in taking full mount, despite Stann doing his best to defend. Stann gets to his feet, but Sonnen takes his back standing. Sonnen slams him back down to the mat and takes his back. Sonnen is having his way with Stann on the mat. Stann regains full guard. Sonnen backs out and tries to work ground and pound. Sonnen is teeing off on Stann with hard ground and pound as the round closes.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen
Round 2: Sonnen comes out hard again and takes Stann down effortlessly when he throws a leg kick. Sonnen working punches to the body from half guard. Sonnen is just dominating Stann on the mat, passing from one side to the other to take side control. Sonnen mounts with ease. Over three and a half minutes to go. Stann trying to control Sonnen’s posture; he regains half guard. Stann is looking for the triangle and for some reason the referee stands them up. Stann cracks Sonnen with a right hand and then avoids a shot. Sonnen keeps hold of him though and takes him for a ride after pressing him into the fence. He lands right in side control and starts in with knees to the body. Sonnen slaps on the arm triangle and cinches it up, forcing Stann to tap.
Chael Sonnen defeated Brian Stann via submission (arm triangle) at 3:51 of round 2
“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck. Super Bowl weekend, the biggest rematch in the business. I’m calling you out Silva, but we’re upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I leave the UFC forever.”
In the crowd, Silva makes big eyes and smiles.