Sonnen's spinning back-fist cost him the fight and now sends him to the back of the line in the middleweight division.
I've said it once and I'll say it again, one mistake in MMA can cost you the fight. Well his lost balance from the spinning backfist did just that.
It's hard to imagine a world in which Sonnen isn't the number one contender, but now we must live in that world. A world devoid of sarcastic humor and WWE style promotion.
Will Sonnen do it for his next fight? Who knows, but who Sonnen will face in his next fight is the better question.
Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman square off this month, and I think the loser of that fight would be a good fight for Sonnen. All three fighters are powerful wrestlers with great pedigrees in the sport of wrestling. It would be a good fight to help build Sonnen or the loser of Munoz/Weidman back up to title contender status as all three guys are big names in the division.
I could also see the UFC trying to put together a rematch of Michael Bisping and Sonnen. Bisping lost a close decision last time out and it would be a good headlining fight in England if they tried to push it.
Sonnen has admitted his willingness to rematch Bisping.
I think another potential name to throw out there just for the idea of matchmaking is a fight with Vitor Belfort when he returns from his injury. It could be an interesting match with Belfort's lightning quick striking and Sonnen's strength in the double leg takedown.
It'll be a while before we see Uncle Chael back into a spot where he could get a third fight with Silva. Barring a retirement from Silva or a loss, Sonnen will need to keep busy with some top name fighters.