Back when Anderson Silva fought Chael Sonnen in 2010, many questioned if there was something wrong with the UFC middleweight champion as he was unable to fend of any of Sonnen’s takedown attempts.
While Silva was able to pull a fifth round submission off, he did later reveal that a broken rib was to blame for his poor performance.
Well, on Saturday night, there was no injured rib and “The Spider” survived a first round attack by Sonnen to register a second round finish, earning his 10th title defense inside the Octagon at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.
“Chael came prepared, he came flying out and did what he does best which is take me down,” Silva said. “I was prepared for that. The difference was I was not hurt this time.”
Silva started to finish Sonnen on the feet, landing several big blows that knocked the challenger down. After hitting him with a knee to the chest, Silva jumped on top and put the final touches on him for the victory.