Let me be blunt in asking this question: Should Chael Sonnen, who did lose to Anderson Silva despite dominating the first four rounds of their UFC 117 war, be given a rematch for the belt?
I mean, Sonnen was able to do in four and a half rounds what Dan Henderson couldn't do in two rounds against The Spider, and for a few moments, the thought of a GSP-Serra level of upset presented itself.
Regardless of what the reason was, the fact remains that Sonnen never was able to get the "W" by way of an upset.
So what did it show? Plenty of things.
It showed that Sonnen has some damn good cardio, not gassing out for the duration of the fight while bringing it to Silva.
The fight also showed that Silva, while he's clearly still interested in fighting at middleweight and while he clearly has more than a few tricks up his sleeve, could really use a session or two from a wrestling coach of sorts.
Seems like only the end of the fight when Silva threw his legs up for a triangle was the time in which he had an answer for Sonnen's ground control, while one countered takedown of Sonnen's really raised questions about if Silva had mch of an answer for the takedowns.
Then again, Sonnen's stand-up game didn't make BJ Penn's look pathetic either, so I guess on flaws, they're even.
The only thing Silva has on Sonnen that unevens the flaw field is that Chael's got some ground game and can at least work off his back.
Silva can take shots off his back, but he didn't show too much in the field of off-the-back control which most BJJ black-belts, including The Spider, have shown in the past.
Of course, Silva's the possessor of both a kickass walk-out anthem in Earl "DMX" Simmons's special cover of Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine," and without question, of one of the three most feared versions of the Muay Thai fighting style—a technical pinpoint style of Muay Thai known commonly as "The Ballet of Violence."
It's called as such because it's brutal and absolutely violent to watch in so many ways, but at the same time, the disciplined frenzy of strikes—in and out of the Muay Thai clinch—are truly a sight to behold and stand in awe of, much like the techniques and maneuvers performed at a ballet.
Either way, Silva's a stand-up fighter first and foremost, and he's proved that the ground is something of his least strongest spot, so while the addition of a ground game would alter many opinions, the lack thereof is unsurprising.
The "Chael Sonnen Show," which is nothing more than a Team Quest-branded blend of strong cardio, offensively and defensively solid wrestling, and the mental sense to control an opponent on the ground while striking, could neutralize the success of the Ballet, which has been absent in Silva's recent outings.
Could a rematch see the return of The Ballet of Violence against an obviously hungry Sonnen, or would Chael finish what he started?
I've said it before and I'll say it until it happens:
The only way this rematch actually does happen is if Joe Silva and Dana White make it happen.