Oakland, CA– Anderson “The Spider” Silva has an impressive set of UFC credentials. He’s a
perfect 12-0 inside the Octagon and has reigned over the middle weight division since 2006.
After UFC 117, the Brazilian can add one more accolade to his list of accomplishments:
The champion pulled a rabbit out of his hat, stunning Chael Sonnen—and the rest of the sold
out Oracle Arena—with a fifth round triangle choke at the 3:10 mark.
They say almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, and though Chael Sonnen did
what no other man has done in years—take Silva down and beat him up—he may forever be
known as the man who was 1:50 away from beating one of the best athletes in the world.
“The fight that happened tonight is the stuff that makes legends,” UFC President Dana White
stated at the post fight press conference.
The run up to the fight proved to be as legendary as the actual bout as Sonnen engaged in an
epic trash talking campaign that rivals anything seen in professional sports (or politics, which
Sonnen also has experience with). Sonnen called Silva a “bum,” publically stated he would
“retire” the champion after the fight and that although “The Spider” was the champion, Sonnen
was “the best.”
And for more than 20 minutes, it looked like Sonnen was on his way to backing up the words
that made him famous.
In each round, Silva out struck the college wrestler on the feet only to be taken down at will.
Once on the mat, Sonnen battered Silva with a mix of punches, elbows and forearms.
He won each round on the score cards. He out struck the champion 289-29.
And none of it matters.
A dejected Sonnen sat motionless in the Octagon after the loss. At the post-fight press
conference, he lamented the end of the bout.
“He’s No. 1, and I’m No. 2. It hurts,” a visibly disappointed Sonnen said. “My heart is broken,
because that’s not what I came here for, to finish second.”
Sonnen eventually conceded that the champion was a “great fighter,” but offered no apologies
for his behavior in promoting the fight.
In fact, Sonnen is now actively campaigning for a sequel.
He pitched the idea of the two men squaring off as coaches on the 13th season of the hit reality
show, “The Ultimate Fighter.” Given Sonnen’s personality and the reach of the show, a second
meeting between the pair propelled by TUF could pay dividends for the world’s largest MMA
White was noncommittal on the prospect of an instant rematch; Sonnen immediately accepted
the non-offer and confirmed Silva’s participation as well.
In a hilarious moment at the post-fight press conference, Sonnen jokingly took up the role as
translator before Silva’s manager, Ed Soares could answer a question.
“What he said is, ‘I’d like to do the reality show with Chael,’” Sonnen said to laughter. “‘I’ll work
on my English and carry the rematch.’”
OTHER RESULTS: MAIN CARD
Junior Dos Santos defeated Roy Nelson, Matt Hughes submitted Ricardo Almeida, Clay Guida
defeated Rafael Dos Anjos and Jon Fitch scored a unanimous decision over Thiago Alves.
Winners included Dennis Hallman, Stefan Struve, Tim Boetsch, Johny Hendricks, Phil Davis
and Rick Story.