There is no other 185-pound UFC title contender with the same box-office draw as Sonnen, nor someone who could sell a fight as effectively. Silva vs.
The final round opened with Silva's final window of opportunity as he caught Sonnen with a pair of punches. Article continues below...
Silva had some brief moments, including midway through Round 1 when he dropped Sonnen with a winging right hand. Outside of a pair of small pockets of action on the feet, the pair of 40-year-old's, with just one fight between them over the last four years, very much looked their age as Sonnen relied on his wrestling to maul and dominate Silva by unanimous decision 30-26, 30-27 twice.
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It also provides a new storyline that could lead to another massive payday for Sonnen, Silva and the UFC. Officials from UFC said the knee caught Sonnen in the chest, paving the way for a series of Silva punches that prompted referee Yves Lavigne to call the fight at 1: If you are having trouble viewing the blog, please click here. Sonnen had stumbled after wildly missing a spinning backfist. Advertising Choices.EA Sports UFC 2 - Chael Sonnen vs Anderson Silva - Gameplay (HD) [1080p60FPS]
It appeared as if Bellator may have been hyping a possible Ortiz-Sonnen rematch, as the broadcast closed with a split-screen of the two fighters during Sonnen's post-fight rant. He expressed no problems with the strike during the news conference. After the final bell, Silva angrily pushed a full-mounted Sonnen off of him and protested in frustration. There is no better self-promoter. The actual fight was an incredibly disappointing one for Silva 35-13-1 , a native of Brazil and veteran of Pride and UFC, who made his return to fighting after a four-year break which included his own lengthy drug suspension.
Sonnen built massive hype for his UFC 148 main event rematch against Anderson Silva through insults and race-baiting that prompted his soft-spoken opponent to fire back with his own verbal salvos. Sonnen also declined to complain about Silva illegally grabbing his trunks at several points during the bout.
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But he was visibly exhausted from grappling with Sonnen and was unable to work back to his feet after the opening round. The victory was a 180 from Sonnen's lifeless Bellator debut in January, when he returned from a three-year retirement and a lengthy drug suspension to lose via pathetic first-round submission to Tito Ortiz.
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