A glimpse into the past.
With two minutes away from being declared the UFC's new middleweight champion of the world, Chael Sonnen found himself in a world of trouble.
After dominating for the first four-and-a-half rounds, the outspoken Sonnen found himself caught in a triangle-armbar.
Just seconds later, Sonnen would tap, allowing Silva to reign supreme as the 185-pound champion.
Sonnen would bounce back in dominating fashion in a submission victory over Brian Stann at UFC 136 and again on national television at UFC on Fox 2.
While his performance at Fox against fellow middleweight Michael Bisping was certainly less impressive, Sonnen still managed to take the Britain native down on four occasions throughout their three-round fight.
However, Sonnen's performance may not have been lackluster at all, as many underestimate the skill set of Bisping.
Regardless of how controversial it was, Sonnen's hand was raised at the end of the night, meaning one thing: He'll now get his rematch with Silva.
Sonnen, the first man to ever expose "The Spider," certainly has the number of the current champion as he controlled nearly every minute of their first meeting.
Is Chael Sonnen the next champion?
With a similar game plan and more precaution towards the submission game, there's no reason why Sonnen can't imitate his previous performance.
Not only did Sonnen hold the advantage on the ground by successfully taking Silva down, but he rocked his opponent in the stand-up as well.
If Sonnen can maintain a focus on defeating Silva and worry less about what's going on outside of the Octagon, it's likely we'll see him with a belt wrapped around his waist in 2012.
However this time, it'll be real.
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