MENU
#UFC Fight Night 83 #Saturday Night Fights #GGG #Luke Rockhold #David Branch #Golovkin vs. Canelo #Golovkin vs Canelo #HBO Boxing PPV - Golovkin vs. Canelo #UFC 215


LAS VEGAS – Chael Sonnen once again did most of the talking. Just like UFC 117, he doled out most of the punishment. And just like their first fight, it was Anderson Silva who came out on top and retained his middleweight title.

Sonnen, who took Silva down just five seconds into the fight, missed a spinning back fist and tripped over the champion's leg to start the dramatic final sequence. Silva quickly jumped on top of Sonnen and landed a series of blows, forcing referee Yves Lavigne to stop it at 1:55 of the second before a huge crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

"He's a true champion, man," Sonnen said. "He got me with a good shot. I was on the ground, he got me with a good knee and other than that, I'm going to have to look at the tape."

It was another heartbreaking defeat for Sonnen, who talked an inordinate amount of trash prior to both fights and dominated both of them until the finish. In their first fight, on Aug. 7, 2010, in Oakland, Calif., that dominance extended for four-and-a-half rounds.

On Saturday, Sonnen wasted no time in taking Silva down. Silva spent all but four seconds of the first round on his back, trying to avoid strikes from Sonnen.

The key this time, though, was that Silva was able to defend himself better on the ground. While Sonnen clearly won the round, Silva didn't take the kind of damage he did the first time.

[Related: Chad Mendes delivers crushing stomach blow, scores first-round win]

Sonnen was pushing the pace in the second, too, and seemed to be backing Silva up. He went for the spinning back fist as they were near the cage. Silva eluded it and Sonnen seemed to stumble over his ankle.

The long and often bitter feud between them seemed to end when the fight did. As Silva was being interviewed in the cage, he walked to Sonnen, put his right arm around the fallen challenger's shoulder and patted him on the back.

They shook hands and then Silva referenced one of Sonnen's taunts, when he said he would pat Silva's wife on the butt after he beat him and order her to make him a steak.

"I'd like you over to my house and we can barbecue," Silva said.

It was a dramatic conclusion to one of the biggest bouts in UFC history. Sonnen congratulated Silva after it was over, and Silva seemed to accept it as an apology.

Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
Tiger Woods misses his second cut of the year at the Greenbrier Classic
Jeremy Lin's expensive contract worth the money for the Knicks
Slideshow: Serena Williams wins Wimbledon | Best photo

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Galleries

Anderson Silva Fights

  • 7 months ago
  • 6423 views

Chael Sonnen Fights

  • 2 months ago
  • 1023 views

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Dana White isn't optimistic about UFC champ Jon Jones' B sample, laments what could've been

  • 25 days ago
  • 38 views

In two words, UFC President Dana White sums up the Jon Jones situation after a failed drug test: “It’s bad.”Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 215 Countdown: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 9 views

On the verge of breaking Anderson Silva's record for title defenses, Demetrious Johnson and his longtime coach brace for a career-making moment. read news >>

UFC 215 results: Henry Cejudo flawless in second-round striking stoppage of Wilson Reis

  • 10 days ago
  • 28 views

While Henry Cejudo is best known as an Olympic wrestling gold medalist, his striking looking absolutely world-class in a scintillating win over Wilson Reis.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Luke Rockhold Urges Georges St-Pierre to Pull Out of UFC 217 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 14 views

Following his second-round finish of David Branch on Saturday, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold urged Georges St-Pierre to pull out of UFC 217. read news >>

Darren Till unloads on Brendan Schaub for criticizing UFC headliner vs. Donald Cerrone

  • 12 hours ago
  • 48 views

Darren Till has choice words for those who question his UFC Fight Night 118 headliner against Donald Cerrone, especially Brendan Schaub.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Carlos Felipe flagged for potential USADA violation, pulled from UFC debut in Sao Paulo

  • 12 hours ago
  • 4 views

Carlos Felipe was slated to make his UFC debut next month, but that’s not happening anymore.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Newcomer Carlos Felipe Pulled from UFC Fight Night 119 for Anti-Doping Violation | MMAWeekly.com

  • 9 hours ago
  • 4 views

Incoming UFC heavyweight Carlos Felipe was pulled from the upcoming UFC Fight Night 119 fight card. read news >>

Cris Cyborg Chases Training Partner Out of the Gym in Comically Insane Workout Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 9 hours ago
  • 18 views

There really are no words for this video of Cris Cyborg beating the daylights out of her training partner and chasing him out of the gym! read news >>

UFC Fight Night Japan Media Day Face-Offs Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 hours ago
  • 12 views

(Courtesy of UFC) The stars of Fight Night Japan faced off after Tuesday's media day. No. 6 ranked light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux welcomes Yushin Okami back to the Octagon on Friday. TRENDING > read news >>

Jim Miller vs. Francisco Trinaldo is 13th addition to UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

  • 3 hours ago
  • 6 views

After putting out a call for an opponent – at lightweight or welterweight – Jim Miller will remain at 155 pounds.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>