“The Spider” vs. Sonnen
UFC 148 is getting a lot of attention due to the main event, Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Chael Sonnen. Silva has been a machine in the UFC sporting a perfect 14-0 record in the octagon. Sonnen on the other hand has a solid record of 27-11-1 in his professional fighting career and is coming off a big win in January against Bisping to be able to fight for the title at UFC 148.
These two titans have met in the octagon before at UFC 117 where Sonnen gave Silva a real run for his money. Sonnen dominated the first four rounds of the title fight. He brought a strong stand up game that was used to set up take downs and the ground and pound. However, after being up on all the judges scorecards, in the last round Silva landed a triangle choke and ended the fight by submission.
Silva, a Brazilian Native, is known around the UFC for dominating in the ring. His striking ability is based in Muay Thai. His stand up game is such an unstoppable force due to his precision punches, knees, kicks, and elbows. This ability is complemented by his uncanny ability to evade punches and kicks also.
As Sonnen can attribute to Silva’s ground game is no joke either. With a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu he certainly has the ability to end a fight quickly with a submission.
Anderson Silva fights very calm and precisely. His strikes are well timed, well aimed, and certainly have knockout power behind them. This makes him a devatating weapon in the ring.
Sonnen is a different beast all together. He got his start wrestling in the NCAA and has flip flopped back and forth between professional fighting organizations ever since.
Sonnen usess his wrestling background to control his fights. By taking down his opponents then using wrestling holds and ground and pound, Sonnen can dominate an entire fight. He also stays in absolute prime condition for every fight too. This is becuase his fighting style leads to more decisions to end a fight rather than knockouts or submissions.
He is also known for his trash talking outside the ring. There was a plethora of it done before the last fight between these two and it is relatively certain that the same thing can be expected again. However Sonnen does not only talk to talk he can walk the walk as well since he came within two minutes of beating Silva by the judges decision last time.
The Match Up
Sonnen will most likely be ready to take the fight to the ground again and work his ground and pound tactics because thats what he is best at. Likewise Silva will look to stay standing and control the fight with his unorthodox striking techniques.
Something else to remember is this is a grudge match, and Sonnen has been the only one to give Silva a run for his money in the octagon. Their previous bout has been considered as one of the greatest fights in UFC history as well. With the added hype Sonnen could come out of the gate with a chip on his shoulder which would give him the edge he needs in this next fight.
The world will find out on July 7th when these two enter the ring.