In the long and storied career of Anderson Silva in the UFC, Chael Sonnen remains the only man to come close to handing "The Spider" his first loss inside the Octagon.
The duo originally met in August of 2010 where Sonnen earned his shot after defeating the likes of Dan Miller, Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt, in succession.
Little gave Sonnen the benefit of the doubt, although the Team Quest product proved his naysayers wrong when he dominated Silva from the opening bell, rocking the Brazilian with his surprising boxing acumen and later muscling him to the ground with his powerful and adept wrestling skills.
However, one thing Sonnen has consistently been lacking in has been his jiu-jitsu, which was exposed in the fifth and final round, when Silva cinched a "Hail Mary" triangle-armbar which elicited the tap.
Since then, Sonnen has battled adversity in all areas. The Oregon native has had his realtor license revoked due to money laundering allegations, and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for alleged steroid use—which eventually was revealed to be the result of testosterone replacement therapy gone awry.
Now, Sonnen is fresh off of a win against former top contender Brian Stann, submitting the heavy hitter last October, and is now scheduled to face Michael Bisping at UFC on FOX 2 come next weekend.
Should the charismatic fighter prove successful against the Brit, it will align him for a rematch against his bitter rival Silva, giving the UFC the blockbuster rematch their hoping for.
And if not? Then Bisping will garner the shot at the title, which will garner little attention, since Silva should be the consummate favorite against Bisping in all areas of the game.