On Saturday night, Chael Sonnen made two things clear.
He doesn't like Anderson Silva, and this time, he's playing for keeps.
After defeating Brian Stann via second round submission, Sonnen had one of the biggest post fight interviews in UFC history, when he laid down a challenge to Anderson Silva.
"Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck. I'm calling you out Silva, but we're upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I'll leave the UFC forever."
That is a huge challenge, and here's five reasons why we won't be seeing Anderson Silva at middleweight for much longer.
For 23:10, in August of 2010, Chael Sonnen effectively controlled and beat down Anderson Silva.
With just 1:50 left in the fight, Sonnen was forced to submit to an arm-triangle choke, and Silva remained the champion.
He's going to go in there against Silva with the mentality of wanting to finish what he started.
See that picture?
As long as Sonnen avoids that this time around, he can beat Anderson Silva.
He won the first four rounds of their first fight, and was well on his way to winning the fifth.
He's proven that he has what it takes to beat Silva.
Chael will want to prepare for this fight.
Chael will want to train for this fight.
Chael will be incredibly motivated for this fight.
Chael is dangerous at any time, but you put an incredibly motivated Chael out there—and someone's getting beat up badly.
Last time Silva left the division, he didn't have much trouble.
However, if he loses this fight, he will have to leave the UFC middleweight division forever.
That goes back to the last slide, and Chael's motivation.
Getting rid of this guy once and for all will be high up there on Sonnen's "to do" list.
If Chael loses, he will retire.
Even if Anderson doesn't agree to Chael's terms of the fight, if Chael loses, why would he stick around?
He frequently says he has enough fame and money and that he is after 12 pounds of gold.
If he can't get it, he's not going to stick around.
Chael's career is on the line in this fight, and he will fight on past the Silva fight, as the middleweight champion of the UFC.