Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen Results: Analyzing UFC 148 Main Event
When Anderson Silva took down TKO'd Chael Sonnen in the second round of their megafight, the action had not lived up to the hype, but there were certainly some moments of excitement. There was also little doubt that Silva was the rightful and deserving champion.
This fight got off to a quick start, with Sonnen shooting the legs and putting Silva on his back. He tried to quickly turn that into a full mount, too, but Silva had had enough of Sonnen's legs that it took him almost all round to make that happen.
And that, right there, is a big part of what makes Silva so great. He never lets himself be fully out of control.
This isn't a trait that is on display often, because Silva is typically not anywhere but fully in control in a bout, but he had some moments in this first round where he was tested, and he came through looking more invincible than ever.
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Sonnen was able to land a few elbows in this exchange, but nothing that caused much damage. Towards the end of the round, Sonnen was able to get that full mount, but up against the clock and his masterful opponent, he couldn't get much out of this opportunity, and that was as good as it got for Sonnen.
In the second round, it was all Silva. Sonnen remained aggressive, but this just opened him up to take the big blows that sent him to the early TKO.
Silva turned away several takedown attempts by Sonnen in the second, and Sonnen was either getting frustrated, tired or both. That led to Sonnen to throwing a wild spinning back fist that he was the only victim of. He fell to the ground after slipping, and Silva went for the kill and got it.
Silva proved his ability to adapt, manage bad situations and quickly end a fight in this match, and there is not another fighter around who has a better claim to the best pound-for-pound fighter title.
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