Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
We’ve arrived at the main event, as former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) looks to get back on track vs. former No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen (27-13-1). Sonnen is on a two-fight losing skid. Herb Dean will serve as the referee in charge.
Just an incredible ovation for Rua, who is loved wherever he goes it seems like. Sonnen, meanwhile, walked with an attitude to the Octagon; we are ready for a war.
Round 1: Literally seconds in and Sonnen scores an easy takedown off a power double-leg. Rua gets up to his feet, locks his arms around Sonnen’s body and scores his own takedown. That seemed to take Sonnen by surprise. Sonnen looking for a guillotine, isn’t able to get it, but does get himself free. Rua goes for a takedown and Sonnen flips him over on his back instead. A grinding battle now, and the crowd voices its displeasure. Sonnen postures up and hammers down, eating an upkick but getting back inside the guard. Sonnen catches him with a clean right as we go under a minute. Sonnen goes back to the guillotine, tightens the grip and he gets it from the bottom. The TD Garden erupts and Sonnen shares a moment with Joe Silva. Rua tried to get his hand inside to break the hold, but he was unable to.
Chael Sonnen def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:27 of Round 1