Anderson Silva pounced on Chael Sonnen’s first mistake, finishing the Oregonian in the second round. Sonnen may have won the first round with controlled wrestling, but Silva proved his striking prowess by ending the bout with strikes from the top position.
Sonnen needed to pressure Silva throughout the bout and did so for the first five minutes before missing wildly on a spinning attack. Silva capitalized on the failed attempt, leading to some furious ground and pound that caused veteran ref Yves Lavigne to step in.
Despite the bad blood that has been brewing since their matchup in 2010, Silva was able to commend his opponent’s effort.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this sport is the best sport in the world,” said Silva. “Me and Chael work hard for all the people here. Chael disrespected my country, but that’s fine. That is nothing for me. This is a sport, this is UFC. Yeah.”
At thirty-five years of age, “The American Gangster” has claimed that his career will be a failure without claiming the belt. While this is most likely his way of selling the fight, the trash talking middleweight has poured his heart and soul into this fight and has to be devastated by the loss.
“Man, they gave me the opportunity, nobody owes me anything. I’m very grateful to have the chance. Hats off to the champion, man,” Sonnen explained.
While Silva and Sonnen are both expected to return to the Octagon, their number of fights left are certainly limited. Silva improves to 32-4 while Sonnen falls to 27-12-1.