UFC 148: Why You Should Support Anderson Silva as He Takes on Chael Sonnen
At UFC 148, in one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history, Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will go head-to-head in a grudge match for the ages. However, come fight night, only one of the aforesaid combatants should have the fanzines' full support—“The Spider.”
Since the self-proclaimed “American Gangster” inflicted a five-round shellacking of the reigning middleweight titlist, a rematch has been in the works. Hell, a rematch has been inevitable.
That fateful night at UFC 117, Sonnen almost usurped the crown from the perennial champion, but as fate would have it, he succumbed to a triangle armbar in the dying minutes of the final frame.
Las Vegas, Nev. (Rome) will be the setting and the Octagon (Coliseum) is where the drama will play out.
Vae victo (Sonnen).
5. Anderson Silva Is a Model Professional
Anderson Silva has always conducted himself in a manner befitting of not only a professional MMA fighter, but also as a champion.
Unlike his counterpart, he doesn’t dabble in recreational drugs, did I just say recreational? I meant drugs of a performing-enhancing nature (elevated levels of testosterone), something for which the ex-realtor tested positive for following his unsuccessful tilt at Silva’s title.
The infraction in question resulted in a $2,500 fine and one-year (later reduced to six months on appeal) ban.
I mentioned ex-realtor, and the reason behind that is due to the fact Mr. Chael pled guilty to charges of money laundering and mortgage fraud, hence he no longer has that privilege.
That being said, there are no such blatant indiscretions on “The Spider’s” part.
4. Chael Sonnen’s Last Performance
There is some sort of general consensus that Chael Sonnen will re-enact a similar beatdown to the one he meted out to Silva in their first meeting.
It sounds great in theory, but based on his last performance against Michael “The Count” Bisping, it’s a no-brainer—the UFC on FOX 2 co-main event could’ve gone either way, but that’s MMA for you.
Conversely, in his last two outings, Silva has clinically wrecked shop on both Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami.
Kudos to Sonnen for submitting Brian Stann prior to the Bisping fight, but if he enters the cage against Silva with his last performance in mind, it’ll be an early night for “The Spider.”
3. Chael Sonnen Has It Coming
For all those in favour of Chael P. Sonnen suffering a cataclysmic blitzkrieg at the hands of Anderson Silva, now will be the time to raise your hands, because he sure deserves one.
The Oregonian has been nothing short of a thorn in the side of Silva—numerous public humiliations, countless insults not only toward him, but also his family, his Brazilian contemporaries and his countrymen.
“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” So stated the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius.
However, revenge is not the driving force behind Silva’s need to end the vociferous nature of the rhetorical one, but schooling him is.
“He deserves to be taught a lesson here, I owe this to my people", Silva said.
2. Chael Sonnen is a One Trick-Pony
The former NCAA Division-I standout is one of MMA’s best wrestlers.
However, with rudimentary grappling skills in addition to his wrestling pedigree and a deep-seated will to win, said tools aren’t championship material. And hiring Vinny Magalhães for submission defense training won’t help his cause, either.
Sure he has had seven stoppages and four submissions in his career, but they came against low-to-mid-tier fighters, and in other promotions.
So far, six of his victories in the Zuffa-based promotion have all gone to decision, save for the Brian Stann submission.
On the other hand, though, he may not be the complete all-arounder akin to Georges St-Pierre. Anderson Silva has more than one trick up his sleeves—he’s an accomplished BJJ, Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Judoka practitioner and to boot, is a striking phenom.
With that in mind, Silva has 18 TKOs and six submissions in his MMA career. The majority of those wins came against elite opposition, but more importantly, in the UFC.
The UFC is the big league, housing la crème de la crème of fighters, and Anderson Silva is not only its top dog, he also reigns as MMA’s No. 1 pound-for-pound combatant.
If by now, you’re not swayed into showing support for Silva, the quote below will do the job.
“In what parallel universe can you punch a man 300 times, he wraps his legs around your head for eight seconds and they declare him the winner?!”
Sonnen more or less washed his dirty linen in public—he pounded on Silva 300 times, yet nothing came to fruition.
Pillow fists or a new vocation?
1. Anderson Silva Is the Reigning Champion
Lest Anderson Silva’s detractors forget, he is the UFC’s most decorated and longest-reigning titlist.
“The Spider” has held sway over the division for almost six years, and is currently riding a 15-fight win streak, with 14 of those victories taking place in the UFC.
Furthermore, the Brazilian has defended his 185-pound crown a record nine times, make it 10 by the end of the UFC 148 proceedings.
He deserves respect for his accomplishments, and that alone should suffice to support Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) on July 7.