It was a quick main event fight between Chael Sonnen and Sogun Rua, and with Sonnen's victory, he's now ready to take on Wanderlei Silva.
Like I said, the main event for UFC Fight Night 26 was a short one. Sonnen was able to make quick work of Shogun thanks to a first-round submission.
Sonnen was aggressive right out of the gate, landing a two-legged takedown just a few seconds after the fight began. Rua was able to get his own takedown shortly after, but Sonnen put Rua in a headlock and got the submission on a guillotine choke with 13 seconds remaining in the first round.
After the fight, Sonen made it clear once again that he wants to fight Silva. According to Franklin McNeil of ESPN.com, Sonnen called out Silva. He said, "I'm the man of the hour too sweet to be sour. Wanderlei Silva, in three months, [it's] you and the bad guy."
The two sides have constantly been going back and forth, with Silva firing some shots on Friday. According to Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com, Silva had some words for Sonnen:
This is a joke – he's a clown. He's a second-level fighter. He's not Top 10 – he's not a top fighter. He can't say anything about that because he's not in the position. His results don't give him the right to talk like that.
Shogun' can beat him anywhere. In the standup or on the ground – he can submit and he can knock out. I don't see any chance for Sonnen in that fight. I don't gamble, but I talked to my wife. I want to put $100,000 on 'Shogun.
I hope Silva didn't actually make that bet for his sake.
Regardless, the win for Sonnen now sets him up for the fight he's been waiting for. He dominated Shogun, and with that win there have been other fighters calling for a fight, including Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort.
Still, it's obvious that Sonnen wants to take on Silva, and with how he called him out just after his fight, it would certainly be an entertaining match.
@sonnench don't run from me. Why are u asking for wand? Let's fight.— Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) August 18, 2013
At the end of the day, Sonnen has a number of options for whom to fight next, but he is now ready to fight Silva in a fight that many fans have been waiting to see for a long time.