In the months leading up his UFC middleweight title fight with Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen directed an unending barrage of insults at the champion. At UFC 117 in Oakland, Sonnen backed up every bit of his bluster for four and a half championship rounds.
Then he got caught.
The challenger Sonnen dominated the vast majority of the five round championship fight. He surprisingly got the best of the standup at the beginning of the first round, then utilized his wrestling to control and punish the longtime UFC champion.
Aside from a flurry at the beginning of the fourth round, Silva had no answers for Sonnen. Sonnen appeared a few minutes away from a dominating championship victory in the fifth round when the fight quickly turned.
Silva quickly took control of Sonnen’s arm and wrapped his legs around Sonnen’s neck. Silva proceeded to wrap up a tight triangle choke while simultaneously cranking an armbar. Sonnen dove backwards to try to escape the holds but Silva applied greater pressure and Sonnen was forced to tap.
“I’m devastated,” Sonnen acknowledged at the post-fight press conference. “The better guy wins ever time. He won. He’s the better guy.”
Silva for his part was gracious in victory.
“I really don’t have anything against Chael,” Silva said. “Outside the ring what he said is in the past. I don’t hold any grudges.”
Silva, however, did point to an injury as a cause for his generally unimpressive performance. Silva said that he suffered a rib injury training with Japanese judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii prior to the fight and that a doctor told him not to take the fight with Sonnen.
UFC president Dana White was non-committal about where the UFC middleweight division goes from here. Vitor Belfort could receive the next title shot against Silva or the UFC could potentially rematch Silva and Sonnen.
“Fighting Anderson Silva’s a lot like eating Chinese food,” Sonnen remarked. “Twenty minutes after I’m done I’m going to want to do it again.”
Anderson Silva was only 110 seconds away from surrendering his Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight championship when he pulled off one of the most stunning finishes in mixed martial arts history in the main event of UFC 117 at Oracle Arena.After taking more than four rounds of pounding from trash-talking challenger Chael Sonnen, a thoroughly beaten-up Silva (27-4) caught Sonnen (25-11-1) in a triangle choke. Sonnen tapped out at 3:10 of the fifth round, though Sonnen complained to referee Josh Rosenthal. He apparently was saying that he didn’t submit, though replays indicated he clearly did.
Sonnen took Silva down early in each round and beat him terribly in each. Several times, Rosenthal was leaning in, apparently on the verge of stopping the bout.
The fifth round was no different from the other four. Silva, who was far behind on the scorecards, came out aggressively and tried to end it, but Sonnen took him down again. He was pounding away until Silva slipped on the triangle.
Submission defense has been Sonnen’s biggest problem throughout his career, and it was again on his biggest night. But he made himself into a major star, not only with his trash talking but also with his gritty performance.
The victory was the UFC-record 12th in a row for Silva, the longest reigning champion in company history. He has held the title since October 2006.
Anderson Silva was born on April 14th, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anderson_Silva
4 + 14 +2+0+1+0 = 21 = his personal year (from April 14th, 2010 to April 13th, 2011) = Seeing your place in the world. Seeing where things stand in the fullness of time. How the world sees things. Stepping onto the world stage.
21 year + 7 (July) = 28 = his personal month (from July 14th, 2010 to August 13th, 2010) = Bold. Daring. Unstoppable.
28 month + 7 (7th of the month on Saturday August 7th, 2010) = 35 = his personal day = Defense. Hanging in there. Not giving up. In it for the duration.