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The look on Sonnen's face tells us that he realized the world of hurt that he was about to experience.
While it's true that some contests never live up to their pre-fight trash talk, it should come as no surprise that the most anticipated fight of the year tops this list.
At UFC 148, the rivalry between longtime middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva and "the Emperor of Instigation" Chael Sonnen came full circle.
The two had previously met at UFC 117, where Sonnen famously out-struck and out-wrestled Silva for 22 and a half minutes before ultimately succumbing to a triangle choke in the final round. The champion escaped with his belt, but left the arena looking exposed and vulnerable.
When the rematch started, it looked like fans had more of the same in store, as Sonnen quickly snatched up a takedown and easily earned the first round. However, things changed drastically in Round 2 when "The American Gangsta" decided to get flashy in his striking.
In a moment that will haunt him for the rest of his career, Sonnen attempted to throw a spinning back fist at the champion. He ended up missing by a country mile and falling to the floor like a drunk girl in heels trying to do the Wobble.
Silva looked like a lion staring at a 62 ounce porterhouse that has just been flung onto his dinner plate. Seizing the moment, he threw a devastating knee into the solar plexus of Sonnen before throwing in a few fight-ending punches for good measure.
It was an incredible way to cap off the biggest feud that MMA has seen in years.