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I know I'm going to get it for this slide, but just hear me out. I'm still on the Chael train because of the first round at UFC 148.
As we have all seen in the replay, Silva's knee was perfectly legal. I feel Silva should've been officially warned or maybe had a point deducted for grabbing Sonnen's shorts, but it most likely wouldn't had made a difference. The attempted spinning backfist was what doomed Sonnen.
What no one is talking about, though, is Sonnen's domination in the first round. He took Silva down and in about four minutes and 30 seconds worked his way from Silva's guard right into full mount as the round ended.
When the fight was stopped, I couldn't help but ask myself if it was a little premature. At UFC 117, Silva took similar punishment from Sonnen. I'm not saying it was a bad stoppage, but it does make me wonder.
What hurt Sonnen at UFC 148 was when he just ran at Silva and tried to shoot.
I highly doubt we'll ever see Silva-Sonnen III, but when trying to decide who, if anyone, could ever beat Silva, it's hard to not include the man who's came the closest to defeating him in the UFC.