Chael Sonnen has just defeated Brian Stann by submission.
No, that was not a typo.
Sonnen, who is known for his utter lack of submission skills, just showed the world that he's been working his jiu-jitsu, submitting Brian Stann with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
This was Sonnen's first UFC fight since losing to Anderson Silva back at UFC 117, and he made a big statement with his return.
It has not yet been announced that Sonnen will be the next man to get a title shot at 185 pounds, but after his performance tonight, it's a safe bet that he will.
What we'll remember about Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
The post-fight interview.
After Chael won the fight, Joe Rogan asked Sonnen how happy he was with his performance and Sonnen completely ignored the question.
Sonnen then went on to tell Anderson Silva that he "sucks" and challenged the champion to a fight on Super Bowl weekend. He then upped the stakes by saying that if he loses to Silva, he will leave the UFC forever, but if Silva loses, Silva must leave the middleweight division.
It is unlikely that these stipulations will be upheld, but Sonnen definitely got everyone's attention by laying them out.
What we learned about Chael Sonnen
Sonnen is actually working on his submission skills.
He has been submitted eight times in his career and many believed that Sonnen was too stubborn to improve his jiu-jitsu.
Tonight, Sonnen's passes looked unbelievable and he was relatively active in looking for submissions.
Sonnen's arm-triangle submission was a thing of beauty, as he looked up the arm position, before passing from completely from one side of Stann's body to another and squeezing it tight.
Look out, middleweight division. Chael Sonnen is still learning.
What we learned about Brian Stann
Wrestling is still the biggest whole in Stann's game.
When Stann was fighting at light heavyweight, his wrestling game was exposed by Phil Davis and tonight it happened again.
The middleweight division doesn't have too many elite wrestlers in it, so Stann can survive there, but he'll never get to the title unless he can beat the Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, and—of course—the Chael Sonnens of the division.
What's next for Chael Sonnen?
Giving Sonnen a title shot right now is what makes the most sense, unless Dana White is looking to set up the super fight between Silva and Georges St-Pierre.
Either Sonnen gets Silva, or the winner of Mark Munoz and Chris Leben.
Any other fight would not make sense.
What's next for Brian Stann?
This was a big loss for Stann, but he's still one of the most dangerous fighters in the division.
I expect he'll get a high-level opponent next.
Demian Maia, Vitor Belfort and the loser of Leben vs. Munoz are all possibilities.
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