UFC 136 Results: Chael Sonnen Dismantles Brian Stann
Middleweights Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann locked horns on the UFC 136 main card. The winner of the bout will likely be the next in line for a title shot against Anderson Silva.
Sonnen returned to action for the first time since he lost a UFC 117 title bout to Silva. He pushed Silva to the final round, but was submitted by triangle choke. The performance was tainted by testing positive for levels of elevated testosterone, which earned Sonnen a year-long suspension.
Former WEC light heavyweight title holder and United States Marine Brian Stann has been undefeated since he dropped to the 185 pound division. Stann has defeated Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago thus far this year, both by knockout.
Sonnen shot for a takedown right off the bat. Stann defended and kept the fight upright. Against the fence, Stann delivered punches to the body. Sonnen scored a takedown and landed in side control. Sonnen delivered knees to the body from the top. Sonnen tried to mount, but failed. Stann tried to get up, but Sonnen moved to Stann’s back against the fence. Sonnen moved to full mount. Stann stood with Sonnen on his back. Sonnen dumped him back to the ground. Stann recovered his guard. Ground and pound delivered by Sonnen against the cage at the end of the round.
Stann threw a kick and Sonnen took the fight to the ground again. Sonnen stepped over to half guard. Using head control, Sonnen passed to side control. Sonnen effortlessly moved to mount. Stann escaped the mount and recovered his guard. The referee stood the fight up. Stann connected with a big right hand that wobbled Sonnen. Sonnen picked up Stann and slammed him on the canvas, landing in side control. Sonnen locked in an arm-triangle and forced Stann to tap.
“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck,” Sonnen declared in his post-fight interview about the current middleweight champ. Sonnen’s bold proclamations did not stop there. Sonnen asked Silva to up the stakes by leaving the division if Sonnen wins. If Silva wins? Sonnen said he’d leave the UFC.
Official Result: Chael Sonnen def. Brian Stann by submission (arm-triangle). 3:51, Round 2
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