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Silva Defends Title Against Sonne

What was being hyped up one of the best UFC matches of the year took place on July 7th at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The night opened up with some good preliminary fights, one of which being Forrest Griffin’s win over Tito Ortiz. However when the main even came up The UFC middle weight champion defended his title very well against the contender.

The Pre-fight

Last time these two fought, the first time, there was a high volume of trash talking and chest bumping going on between these two fighters. Therefor for their grudge match it was no surprise that these two were going at it again. There were multiple incidences of each of them going off on each other during press conferences and the likes. This culminated in Anderson Silva deciding instead of having the traditional stare down with Sonnen he was going to go at him.

Sonnen, unsurprisingly, was not intimidated to these advances from Silva. If anything it simply pissed him off more for the ensuing battle. In one interview he was sounding awfully confident saying multiple times that he would, “Find a way to win” regardless of the circumstances. Before this fight he seemed amped up enough to take on just about anybody.

The Match

At the begging of the match these two were both ready to fight, it was a fight for the title so obviously they came prepared. Sonnen was jacked up off Silva’s taunts and Silva was ready to get back at Sonnen for the multiple occasions he badmouthed him.

Out of the gate the two did not touch gloves, but they did come out swinging. The champion through a strong punch but was taken down early in the fight. On the ground Sonnen looked like he was going to finish what he started. On the ground he was relentless with his strikes from the second he got Silva to the ground. Sonnen even got to a full mount position close to the end of the first round. However Sonnen was unable to stop the fight even with his dominant first round.

In the second round the fight started off again with Sonnen trying to take the fight to the ground, but he was unsuccessful this time. Sonnen did have Silva pressed up against the cage and seemed to have the fight going his way. Then Silva created some space and Sonnen tried for a spinning backfist, bad choice against the spider. After Silva ducked the punch, Sonnen went down against the cage. A swift knee by Silva stunned him enough for Silva to move in and finish the fight with his fists; winning by TKO.

Aftermath

Silva defended his title for the tenth time in UFC 148 and remains undefeated in the UFC as well. Anderson Silva has agian proved hes a force to be reckoned with int he octagon but next he will face off against Chris Weidman or Mark Munoz who are both excellent fighters and have a chance to finally dethrone the champion.

“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.

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Anderson Silva

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.

Chael Sonnen

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

Silva and Sonnen at the UFC 117 official weigh in

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.