Chael Sonnen: What Does Loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 148 Mean for His Career?

Vince Carey@@vcareymmaContributor IJuly 8, 2012

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/US PRESSWIRE
Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/US PRESSWIRE

Chael Sonnen is officially 0-2 in UFC title bouts.

After getting finished early in his second shot, it’s unlikely he’ll get another chance at Anderson Silva and the middleweight title anytime soon.

With that said, Sonnen is still the second-best 185-lb fighter in a surprisingly stacked division, and his career as a top-tier UFC fighter is far from over.

Sonnen could easily find himself back in the middleweight title mix with a win over another top contender. With Anderson Silva being 37 years old, he could find himself in a title fight without “The Spider” by the time he decides to hang up his gloves.

But there’s always the chance that Sonnen’s final shot at capturing UFC gold came on Saturday night. If this was indeed his last chance, his legacy has been almost irreparably damaged.

Chael has gone 0-3 in major organizations when the title is on the line. Even though Sonnen was screwed out of a WEC belt when Paulo Filho missed weight back at WEC 36, he still has never been able to add the words “World Champion” to his resume.

At this point, Sonnen follows the Kenny Florian career timeline—always the bridesmaid and never the bride. As frustrating as it may be for fans of “Uncle Chael,” he may remain in that spot for the rest of his career.

Sonnen did everything possible to make fans believe he could take out Anderson Silva.

He gave the champion everything he could handle in their first bout at UFC 117, and he talked enough trash to start a second career as a WWE superstar. In the end, Silva proved to be a bit too much for the "Gangster" from West Linn, Ore.

Sonnen needs a UFC title to enhance his legacy. He’s just too good both in the cage and outside of it to be considered a success without it.