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“UFC 148: Silva vs Sonnen” Aftermath (Part I): Tough Talk Sold the Fight, But the Tougher Fighter Finished It

Vindication. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

Love him or hate him, Chael Sonnen did what few other men in the sport have been able to accomplish: he made you believe he could take out Anderson Silva. Whether it was his pre-fight promises to dump the champion on his ‘prissy little ass’ or the ease with which he did so in the opening round, for the first time in a long time you doubted Silva’s invincibility. In a time when injuries and injunctions have quashed the UFC’s most emotionally-charged and meaningful fights, ‘The American Gangster’ would not shut his mouth until you were convinced that his fight mattered. To be fair, he never shut his mouth; it was shut for him.

For those who think he’s bad for the sport, you should have checked your pulse when he worked his way to mount. It raced. You should check the ticket sales for this event. It’s a new US record. You should think back to so many of Anderson’s other battles marred by inaction in the cage and indifference in the champ. They sucked. You don’t have to root for the bad guy, but someone has to lose these fights, and it may as well be a loud-mouthed son of a bitch who refers to himself in the third person.

Anderson may not be flying home with the pocket full of Sonnen’s teeth that he desired, but he will be toting an extra twelve pounds of gold. Though he may be slightly disappointed, he’ll have a much easier time getting through airport security.

Seconds into his rematch with Chael, “The Spider” found himself in a familiar spot. The champ spent much of his first fight with Sonnen on his back getting walloped, and the first round last night was no different. A survivor of war-torn West Linn, Sonnen showed no fear as he brought the fight to Silva right from the opening bell, but as he learned in their first encounter it’s how you finish that matters most, and once again Chael came in second place in an ass-kicking contest.

You can point to vaseline or shorts-grabbing or ‘illegal’ knees–and you will–but right now Silva is the best in the world. He has been for a long time, and he will continue to be so until someone takes him out. Who could possibly do it? I have no clue. Silva is so far ahead of the rest of the pack that none of his potential opponents seem credible, and it’s tough to get excited for a title fight when you don’t believe that the challenger can do the unthinkable. I was excited for this fight. Thanks again, Chael.

Silva’s victory sets two UFC records—most consecutive title defenses (10) and most consecutive wins (15). His $75k “Knockout of the Night” check puts him one bonus shy of tying Chris Lytle‘s record 10 UFC Performance Bonuses.

- @chriscolemon

Check out: “UFC 148: Silva vs Sonnen” Aftermath (Part Two): Seizing (And Destroying) the Moment

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Seraldo Babalu- July 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm
you know what would have been great for this article? an ironforgesiron GIF. thank's dana. i didn't capitalize your name on purpose
ShortBus- July 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm
The Silva/Sonnen rematch had a predetermined outcome in my opinion. I'll believe that until the day I die and nothing anyone says will convince me otherwise. I saw what CeeFried saw which was a weak ass tap to Chael's jaw from Silva that "dropped" Chael. Unless Chael has a glass jaw his reaction to the jab was far greater than it warranted. There are several suspicious things that make me believe the fight was setup. First the referee. Herb Dean always does the important big fights but not this one. Odd but not damning in and of itself. Then there are the weak, non damaging shots that "hurt" Chael and put him "away". This doesn't include the knee to the chest just the shots to the head. More suspicious behavior is Chael sitting and waiting for Silva to get on him. To say that is the appropriate defense is utter BS. Next is Sonnen quick to turtle, the fact that Silva doesn't land anything that remotely resembled damaging (these guys take more punishment and damage on a daily basis sparring) and finally the early stoppage from one of the worst refs in the business. Add to this the fact that Chael immediately got to his feet after the stoppage without any indication of being hurt and the fact that there were NO replays of the final weak jab that dropped Chael and it all adds up to BS. Chael has already demonstrated a willingness to make money via shady, illegal real estate scams so he obviously isn't a man too worried about honorable financial gain. Chael agreed to lose this fight and he had accomplices to make sure it happened. The ref, the UFC film crew and possibly even Silva. He was too gracious in his "win" and did hurt Chael other than the knee. This fight was total BS. Everyone knows boxing has rigged fights and it would be supremely naive to believe that MMA is immune to the same thing.
Ricardo Guitardo- July 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Cheater knee
XENOPHON- July 9, 2012 at 9:23 am
@Zescape - I stand corrected, unless your talking veal. "For all intent and purpose", maybe you should stop worrying about grammar and spend time studying basic mathematics. A fighters average is a measure of the "middle" or "typical" value of a data set. It is thus a measure of central tendency.
Zescape- July 9, 2012 at 8:27 am
"For all intensive purposes???" When you go out to eat, do you order a "flaming young" cooked medium rare? Please learn the language before trying to communicate your opinions. That goes for all of you, internet.
XENOPHON- July 9, 2012 at 8:11 am
UFCFightBlogger - rethink that one for minute. Silva has a record of 42-4. The real weakness is in the fights the UFC must put together. Take the marketing hype and personal bias out of the equation. Sonnen's record is now 27–12–1. For all intensive purposes he was expected to lose every 3rd fight.
UFCFightBlogger- July 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Anderson Silva proved he is the best MMA fighter ever Saturday night. But Chael Sonnen has shown us that there is a weakness to Silva's game--its wrestling. The only question is, can anyone take Silva down repeatedly for 5 rounds without getting caught? Sonnen couldn't. I can't wait to see who the UFC has lined up for Silva.

Check out this article about Silva
CeeFried- July 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm
Haha I'm an idiot I never even asked my HUGE you think the outcomes of some fights are predetermined?i realize this fight In particular is a tough call especially since if Sonnen Won obviously it would of been an instant rematch for sure! But that punch is playing in my mind over and over! If I'm wrong then by all means light me up But before you do check out the punch!
CeeFried- July 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Im a die hard mma fan BUT The Sonnen Silva fight left me with a HUGE question I ask my fellow Cagepotatoians I know I know potato Nation just thought I'd change it up a bit...ok back to the question Whers the BIG right hand that Mike Goldberg Calls with 3:10 left in the round the one that dropped Sonnen before he turtles and few punches later it's over! Hopefully there's some potatoes with a recording of it as I would love to hear what you see!! I'm sure I'll get some hate but just calling like I see it that wasn't even a pillow he hit him with a cloud! Just wondering what you think! Why wasn't a double retirement announcement as Forrest who used to be one of my favorites has repeatedly looked like shit and used to have class but now the guy is an idiot who barely fights then walks out of the ring before they even announce the winner let alone showing Tito not even enough respect to let joe Rogan send him on his way but instead is an asshole and interviews him like one? An ass with no class I'm burning my got fight book right Now......
Deadletter- July 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm
An ass with no class? The man is passionate about what he does! He put in a a performance that was sub-par what he wanted! Yes, he got the job done, and I agree, he's not the same as he was but don't burn the Got Fight, if only for the memories! :)
smellypiratehooker- July 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm
What about Evans calling out Silva? He did last 5 rounds with Jones and the man is a natural 185 pounder(at least he looks to be), with a tidy little resume of scalps.

Wasn't that long ago that I remember many people saying that "if there is a man to beat Jon jones, it was him". I would apply that to silva (loosely).
enrikk- July 9, 2012 at 1:55 am
I'm inclined to believe that Evans only lasted that long because neither fighter wanted to commit too many errors. It would be interesting to see if Evans could mount an effective wrestling game against Silva, though, and it would be even more interesting if Silva chose to borrow some elbow maneuvers from Jones (or maybe a repeat of Silva-Fryklund?).
BEAM- July 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm
I have 3 questions:

1. Why did Chael just sit there after he fell down? If he was scared shitless, okay, I would be too... but natural human instinct is then to flee, not to wait around for the ass kicking to arrive.

2. How much does Seagal pay fighters to pretend he taught them something? Silva seemed almost annoyed by his presence. Its clearly a paid promotion.

3. Silva vs Jones... when? Dana, you can have my money right now.
blaphtome- July 9, 2012 at 8:36 am
Can't help with the other 2, but here's #1. Chael was doing what is normally the right thing. When you fall and find yourself back to the cage on your ass with the best striker in the sport in front of you, leaning forward or to either side at all to put a hand down in order to get up is gonna get you tagged with punches until your hand clears then you'd catch knees. He figured that because he was down, Silva would have to get close enough to punch allowing him to grab a leg or underhook and get back to his feet with Silva in too tight to throw his best shots. Silva did the unexpected, which is what has become expected of him and is in turn why he's the best in the world.
guelph gym- July 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm
lombard would eat sonnen quicker then anderson did
XENOPHON- July 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm
bigdaddynw - how can you say that Chael "doesn't possess the ability to live in the ring at a championship level?" I don't know too many fighters that even get one shot at championship from any league. Chael has been in a championship fight twice.
guelph gym- July 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm
sonnen was beat b4 he even entered the cage he couldnt beat anderson juiced up he kew he couldnt knock him out when he got anderson down in the 1st i thought silva was going to break his arm if it would of went to the ground again sonnen would of been sudmitted agian sonnen has never beatin anyone with tru jj look it up he ran scared and pretenteded he was back in his moms womb period and if you think sonnen is all world class and shit henderson had the same outcome id like to sonnen fight lombard hed then know what a real world class grappler would do quite making excuses for sonnen ground or feet was going to meet his defeat dont beive the hype
Jugger- July 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm
I'm watching and rewatching that gif of Anderson kneeing Chael. That shot landed clean on the chest and I'm inclined to believe that Silva is sniper enough to hit exactly what he's aiming at. What I'm saying is, Anderson was aiming for the sternum and that's exactly what he hit.
By the by, I think the fight was stopped far too early.
Japanadian- July 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Chael lost this fight when anderson grabbed his shorts to stop a take down, then control the position in order to escape the clinch, he then won the fight on the next engagement.
He used an illegal technique to gain advantage of the situation that ends up putting him in a position that wins the fight and he barely gets a warning
Kcire1014- July 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm
Sonnen used an illegal substances on their first fight.
I will call that even.
Check the facts my friend.
(Karma is a bitch for Mr Sonnen)

CSAC Suspensions and Appeals
Urinalysis conducted after his loss to Anderson Silva showed Sonnen had an unallowably high testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 16.9:1 at the time of the fight. An average man has a T/E ratio of 1:1, and testing bodies may allow a ratio as high as 4:1 for athletes. In other words, Sonnen's T/E ratio was nearly 17 times than a normal man's and over four times the allowed maximum for an athlete.] He was fined $2,500 and suspended for one year (until September 2, 2011) by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). His scheduled rematch with Silva was subsequently cancelled.
Casa de los pantelones- July 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Chael owns silva. Chael made a stupid mistake when trying to get fancy with strikes. He should have just stuck to what he is good at, grappling and wrestling. Instant replay would have been nice for the knee to sonnen while he was down. If his hands weren't up, that would have been illegal all day long...why it wasn't stopped and questioned at all is a bit weird...herb should have been reffing this fight. Bottom line, chael made a mistake and paid for it, but have no doubts...chael owns silva and silva knows it. Even the baddest mofos in the world will lose every now and again. Hopefully all the other pussy fighters will take note...this is how you beat silva and GSP...not by standing around getting jabbed to rushing in and taking their asses to the ground, then commence titoing them. Chael will be back, but anderson will probably be retired by then...
ShortBus- July 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Just watched the fight. Supremely disappointed. The final moments looked pretty damn suspicious to me. Can you say "predetermined outcome"?
XENOPHON- July 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm
ShortBus - Which fight was that. Forrest-Griffin, or Silva-Sonnen?
bigdaddynw- July 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Seagal is a legend in his own mind. To me the fact that Silva allows Seagal in his camp says a lot about Silva. Before all the hype ala Chael Sonnen, Silva was not that popular so I wonder if playing the Seagal-in-the-camp card was a way to trump up Silva's image? Seagal get a real job. Silva just be a fighter.
Sonnen is Sonnen's own worst enemy. Physical Tools - Check, Mental Tools - Uncheck. Sonnen proved he has what it takes to at least ride the Silva horse all the way through 4 and-a-half rounds. And could have ridden it farther if Sonnen would have not given Silva an out. In the fifth Sonnen allowed Silva right wrist control for the better of 5 seconds which is more than enough for a Triangle and/or Arm Bar. Chael beat Chael
Round one of last nights fight Sonnen again proved he could at will toss Silva to the blood soaked advertised leaden canvas. And showed he could thwart Silva's "spider legs" and pound a nice sized mud puddle in Silva's forehead. Last nights round two was first fight round five with new packaging but the same taste, Sonnen attempts yet another take down except this time Silva had a better position and was able to stave off the attack. Instead of Chael standing and banging long enough to setup another take down, Chael goes into panic mode albeit unwarranted and bewildering at the same time. Sonnen attempted a miserable out of position spinning "something" which as we all know did not connect and spun Chael on to the ground. YOU COULD SEE IT IN HIS EYES, Sonnen was finished for some reason he appeared to be out of his element, scard if you will. To me there are two Chael Sonnen's and we got to see both last night. It's been documented before that in May Chael went to see a sports psychologist as he knows there is an issue which needs addressed and remedied. There was hypnosis and counselling performed, just don't think it was enough or the right kind. Maybe he doesn't possess the ability to live in the ring at a championship level. If he can get a handle on the psychological component of his game, abilities permitting, he can dominate. Will he get a handle on it remains to be seen. Regardless I am still a Chael fan, he is an amazing athlete and a resident of the Pacific Northwest!
ArmFarmer- July 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Hey guelph, let me introduce you to my friend. His name is punctuation. I met him in elementary school, he's great. Maybe you guys should get to know each other.
CrushCo- July 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm
I can't read all of that, Guelph, for the obvious reason, but if you really watched round one and didn't think for a second that Chael stood a chance in the bout then I think you're either a delusional Anderson fan or a rabid Chael Hater.
I'm not saying you should have assumed it was all over for the champ (the first fight taught us that), but if you saw Silva mounted and had the same incredible confidence in him that you did as he toyed with Maia or Leites, something is wrong. Chael brought the fight to him. Chael lost. I'm not saying Chael is better, because he's not, but it shouldn't pain you to admit that he's looked far better against Silva than anyone else in the UFC.
guelph gym- July 8, 2012 at 11:36 am
thank cheal for nothing if you honestly think he stood a chance i sugest to you o drop the crack pipe the 1stround was nothing like the first fight silva hit him hard with a left right o the start fail grabbed out of desperation he did jack shit when they went to the ground and my first reaction was silvas going to break his fucking arm as for the second round fail was hit hard a few more times and was stuffed the shorts were grabbed yes thats cause fail tried to runaway he was thenhit again h ried to run again and silva just grabbed fail by the throat and at that time you can see nothing but fear in fails eyes that wh curled up in fetal position and waited or the stop you say he slipped if he did he made no attempt o get up none at all all cheal didwas waste everyones time his record is what it is for a reason he just aint that good you next ucf middle weight champ will be hector lombard you heard it here people
Mofo- July 9, 2012 at 9:38 am
Punctuation. Look into you monkey with a typewriter.
XENOPHON- July 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm
@Guelph - come'on, there have been people that have for years been saying that Lombard hits too hard for Silva. I do think Lombard is a beast, but Silva comes with a bag of trickery in that his punches are accurate. Lombard if he can get passed his next fight will make for a good fight. And I throw the same props out to Belcher if he winds up running into Silva first.
XENOPHON- July 8, 2012 at 10:57 am
@darkside - I asked about the 3 secret tricks Master Seagal told Anderson, but had few takers a few days ago. Last night, we learned you can grease-up while live on national TV (unless he was faking that), you can grab and clinch the opponents shorts (unless his hand got stuck), you can knee a downed/grounded opponent (unless that didn't happen) and that was a new learning experience.

You can bet big that Master Seagal is now the most sought out adviser, strategist, and tactician in all of unified MMA.

Now let's stop all this non-sense Jean LeBell talk. There is a reason the man wears pink!
XENOPHON- July 8, 2012 at 10:40 am
back@CrushCo - Quote: "You should check the ticket sales for this event. It’s a new US record."

I am positive that so is the cost and time de-vouted to the hype before the fight. It's a simple game of numbers for these record sales you point to.

Let me be (fat bellied) Frank, the fight was not all that. Rd 1., the champ was pinned down and mounted, but we have seen that 5 rounds before - he was not beat up last night.

Rd 2., Chael shot his wad on a spinning back fist that failed and was the root of his own demise. Good fight, not even much of a fight.

The Mendez solar-plex shot in less than a minute was a much display of martial arts. But like Chael never being able to beat Anderson, Mendez won't ever beat Aldo.

My point to you, don't get too wrapped up into the money the UFC, that's purely a calculated game of numbers. It would mean something if the fighters on the card earned a fat piece of their labors.

Instead, Dana will get a new Ferrari. And that is not such big news.
NomadRip- July 8, 2012 at 10:29 am
I was still hoping he wouldn't jump him to finish like he did. I was hoping Silva backed off and waved for Phael to get up.