The American Gangster was less than two minutes away from winning his first UFC Championship and finally becoming the Champion he had envisioned himself to be.
Eight seconds later he was on his knees hanging his head in defeat.
Watching Anderson Silva celebrate and hold the middleweight championship high above his head is an image that burned in Chael Sonnen’s head since that warm August night in Oakland. One minute and fifty seconds separated his dream from his worst nightmare.
But Sonnen gets another shot to redeem himself. To right the wrong that happened in 2010. To finally become a champion.
Think what you want about Sonnen. Call him disrespectful, call him a cheat and a loudmouth. But if he defeats Anderson Silva, you’ll have to call him the champion.
One word describes what it would mean for Chael to win.
After all of his antics the past couple of years, all of the trash talk and bringing a UFC Championship to the press conference will have all been worth it. It would mean that everything he said is true and that he is the best middleweight in the world.
But more than anything it would validate Chael’s last words to his father before he died. Those last words being the promise that one day he would become a UFC Champion. With a win against Anderson Silva on what could be the biggest pay-per-view event in the UFC’s history, he will keep his promise and fulfill his dream.