Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in Oakland, California was one of the most anticipated and hyped up middleweight title matches in MMA history.
A large part of that was due to the trash talk of the challenger Chael Sonnen.
While no one knew if he could beat Silva inside the octagon, there was no doubt about it, Sonnen was the undisputed champion of trash talking.
The question became could Sonnen back up his words.
At the weigh-ins, Sonnen said that everyone was witness to Anderson Silva's pre-retirement party. And in the build up to the fight, he said that he would have Silva on his back more than "a hooker with a mortgage."
When all the introductions were over and it was time to fight, that's exactly what the former University of Oregon Division One All-American wrestler did.
Sonnen brutalized Silva with vicious strikes and a dominating ground game. For four rounds, Sonnen controlled the fight both standing and down on the mat. Giving Silva the biggest challenge of his career.
Towards the end of the fourth round, it looked as if Silva might be slowly but surely making his way back into the fight. He landed some vicious elbows on Sonnen from his back that cut the challenger open above his left eyebrow. At the start of the fifth round, Silva was smiling and dancing while Sonnen looked pretty beat up.
Sonnen was winning the contest four rounds to none. Silva needed to knock out his opponent or make him tap to retain the title.
The fifth round began as the previous four did. With Sonnen charging at Silva and swinging wildly before the fight was ultimately brought to the mat with Sonnen using his dominating wrestling skills.
Sonnen applied the pressure some more and it looked like he would be well on his way to doing what he said he would do for months.
But then it all went terribly wrong for Sonnen. While swinging away wildly from the top position, the Brazilian jiu-jitzu expert Silva, caught Sonnen in a triangle choke and forced him to tap.
At first there was some controversy when referee Josh Rosenthal stopped the fight. It was unclear by the live video if Sonnen had tapped. Replays showed however that he did indeep tap out and that Rosenthal made the right call.
Silva's hand was raised in victory, as he successfully defended his middleweight title for the eight straight time. He also extended his undefeated streak to an impressive 13 fights.
As for Sonnen, the early talk is that with the most dominating performance by any MMA fighter against Anderson Silva, he deserves an instant rematch. Sonnen was asked about that after the fight but would not speculate on what should come next.
"I came in second," said Sonnen, "There's nothing I can say. They gave me my opportunity, and I came up short. I'm only here to be number one. If I'm not the best, I'll move on in life. For now, I have the silver medal."
After UFC 117, in an interview with MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani, UFC President Dana White said that a possible rematch would all come down to timing.
"I believe that as a promoter, my job is to give the fans the fight they want to see," White said. "Now there's a couple fights. Timing has a lot to do with it too. Anderson just went to the hospital, he's been in a five round war. Chael is all busted up too. Vitor Belfort is now in the mix. He's recovered, healthy, and ready to fight. So we'll see how this thing plays out and see what happens."
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