There have already been dozens of articles wrote previewing and breaking down The Silva-Sonnen match-up, so let's get down to the nuts and bolts.
There were so many questions to be answered coming in to this fight. However, I feel there was one that took presidence over all others:
Could Chael Sonnen's ass cash the checks his mouth had been writing over and over and over again?
This question was answered just moments ago:
It what turned out to be an epic war, Chael was doing everything he said he was going to do. He took the fight to Silva, put him on his back, and gave him a good old fashion beating.
In between rounds, it was hard to determine if Silva was discouraged, tired, calm, or a combination of all three.
Sonnen, on the other hand, had an expression that never changed—he had the look of a fighter who was hell bent on doing whatever it took to win the belt.
As the horn went off to start the last round, Chael came storming out of his corner—just as he had in every other round—and started swinging with Silva. He went for a shot and Silva actually was able to sprawl for a change.
Then during a wild exchange, Sonnen threw a wicked right uppercut. Silva was able to avoid the punch, but slipped in the process which put Chael right where he wanted to be...again.
After going to side mount, attemping an arm triangle, and switching positions a few more times, Sonnen ended back at home in Silva's guard and continued with his grinding ground-and-pound.
This is where Sonnen might have gotten a little too comfortable.
With victory all but assured, Sonnen allowed Silva to get control of one of his wrists, just like he had in the four previous rounds. But this time, Silva threw up his legs for a triangle, just like he had done in previous rounds.
This time, however, he locked it up.
Chael tried everything he could to get out of it, but in the process, Silva added an armbar to the triangle to make matters worse for the king of smack talk.
Chael Sonnen was forced to tap at 3:10 of the fifth round.
A fight many predicted to be a one sided ass kicking courtesy of Anderson Silva turned out to be anything but that.
Anderson Silva proved once again that he is the most dominant champion in the UFC's history and Chael Sonnen proved that he deserves his spot at the top of the Middleweight division.
Am I the only one who wouldn't mind seeing a rematch?
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