Matt Lindland has worked as UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen’s coach for almost 20 years, so the former Olympic wrestler knows his student very well.
With Sonnen pushing for a rematch against UFC 185-pound champion Anderson Silva, “The Law” believes he has a game plan that would allow Sonnen to finish “The Spider” before the bout reached the fourth round. Last year, Silva was down on all three scorecards before sinking in a submission and forcing Sonnen to tap in the fifth round.
“I think the rematch would look just like the first one, except I’ve got a game plan for Chael to finish him before the end of the third round,” said Lindland, in an interview with Bleacher Report recently. “So, yeah, it’ll look similar to their first encounter, but with some additional techniques and strategy, it won’t make it to the championship rounds.”
Lindland sees Sonnen putting the champion away, saying, “We would employ a submission hold finish or some vicious ground and pound to finish that fight.”
Sonnen has asked for the rematch to happen in February during Super Bowl weekend. Silva has yet to say anything publicly, but his manager, Ed Soares, has been quoted as saying they will do whatever UFC President Dana White asks of them.