Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
It may have been the most hyped fight in UFC history when Chael Sonnen challenged Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title in a rematch.
Sonnen has never been shy when it comes to promoting a fight (other than his bout with Brian Stann), but there was just something about Silva that brought out the best (or worst depending, on your stance) in the Sonnen hype machine.
The former middleweight spent months antagonizing not only Silva, but virtually everyone who called the country of Brazil home.
Sonnen even made a comment about Silva's wife. It was strange to see someone take so much verbal abuse without offering anything in return.
That all changed with just days before the fight. During an UFC 148 press conference call, Silva unloaded with a barrage of verbal threats aimed directly at Sonnen. To his credit, Sonnen seemed unfazed, and prepared to do exactly what he had done at UFC 117.
For a round, Sonnen seemed well on his way of doing just that, dominating Silva with a quick takedown. The round belonged to the challenger, and it appeared we were in for a repeat of UFC 117.
And then the second round came.
Sonnen failed to take Silva down, and appeared to be mentally broken after it.
A failed spinning back fist later and Sonnen was on the ground, as "The Spider" pounded away, prompting a referee stoppage.
Their fight had by far the most hype, and possibly the most discussion afterward, due to the nature of how it all went down.