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On June 23rd in Rio de Janeiro, the rematch will take place.
In front of 80,000-plus rabid Brazilian fans, Chael Sonnen will enter the cage to fight Brazil's favorite fighting son, Anderson Silva.
This highly anticipated rematch is the fight of 2012.
Silva has been a weapon of mass destruction in the world of MMA. The owner of a 31-4 record in MMA, Silva has never lost a fight in the UFC. In fact, his last loss was more than six years ago, when he was disqualified following an illegal kick in a bout with Yushin Okami.
Prior to that fight, Silva's last defeat was at the hands of Ryo Chonan on New Year's Eve 2004, when he fell victim to a flying-scissor heel hook.
That's not to say he hasn't come close to losing in the UFC. Chael Sonnen, an American fighter whose strength lies in his wrestling ability came within two minutes of snapping Silva's winning streak.
In their first fight nearly two years ago, Sonnen dominated Silva for almost the entire five-round fight. Had Sonnen not gotten caught in that triangle armbar that ended their fight at the 3:10 mark of Round 5 and survived to hear the final bell, he surely would've exited the cage as the winner, taking with him Silva's middleweight championship belt.
Since then, Sonnen, who is never at a loss for words has been very public about his disdain for Silva and to some degree Brazil.
To say that at least part of the draw that this fight has lies with Sonnen's gift of gab would be an understatement. He has done a wonderful job of poking at and prodding the champion Silva; drawing attention to himself and his desire for the rematch.
However, unfortunately for Sonnen, he just isn't skilled enough to beat Silva. This was never more present than in their last fight where despite complete and utter domination, Silva was still able to lock on the submission.
The submission has been the bane of Sonnen's existence in MMA and I fully expect that the champion, will earn another submission victory in this fight.