UFC 148 Results: 3 Reasons Chael Sonnen Will Beat Anderson Silva in Rematch
After a dominant first round where Sonnen spent nearly all five minutes atop Silva, "The Spider" came out in round two and put an end once again to Sonnen's championship dreams.
For the second time, Sonnen has fallen in a match-up that easily could have been his for the taking.
Here's three reasons why Chael Sonnen will finally hoist Silva's middleweight belt the next time these two meet.
Third Time Is the Charm
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Anderson Silva has gotten lucky twice now.
In their first meeting at UFC 117, Chael Sonnen dominated for four rounds before finding himself in the grasp of the Spider's armbar and triangle choke.
In UFC 148, Sonnen dominated round one and literally fell victim to his own missed spinning fist, which left him vulnerable to Silva's onslaught.
If Sonnen is lucky enough to get a third shot at the title, Silva's luck will surely run out.
Every time the American steps in the ring he looks ready to dethrone the great Silva—he just needs to stop making careless mistakes.
Sonnen's Superior Wrestling
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Chael Sonnen's wrestling background is arguably superior to Silva's background in Muay Thai.
Silva was able to work in an armbar and a triangle choke in their first meeting, but you'd be foolish to think that Sonnen hasn't spent countless hours working on submission defense since then.
With his quickness and intelligence on the ground, expect Sonnen to deny any submission opportunities to Silva going forward.
Chael did a great job of taking Silva down quickly in the first round at UFC 148, not allowing him to stand up and strike or gain position on the mat.
If Sonnen gets another shot at Silva, expect him to use the same quick shot wrestling tactics to keep the Spider out of his element.
Dominant Past Performances
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Sure, if you look at the final result of their first two meetings, then Anderson Silva is clearly the undisputed victor.
But if you actually watch the fights and look at the statistics, Sonnen was by far the more dominant fighter.
In the first meeting in 2010, Sonnen landed over 250 more strikes than Silva, and felt as though he could take down his opponent at will.
Unfortunately for Sonnen, a submission move in the fifth round ended his fight for the title.
In their most recent battle, Sonnen came out shooting from the bell, and put Silva on his back before he could even land a quality punch.
If it wasn't for a foolish miss on a spinning backfist in round two, then Sonnen may have never been subjected to Silva's relentless flurry of punches that ended in a disappointing TKO.
Sonnen knows he can put together a dominant performance against the reigning middleweight champion, he just needs to eliminate that one critical mistake that has cost him dearly in the first two bouts.