There's an old catchphrase in sequels. "This Time, It's Personal!" When it comes to Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen's rematch this Saturday night, it really is personal ... and then some!
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen squared off in the first official event of International Fight Week as Dana White moderated the festivities for the UFC 148 Pre-Fight Press Conference in Las Vegas.
The first time Silva and Sonnen clashed was on August 7, 2010 in Oakland, California. Silva, who came in with a 12-fight winning streak, had dominated every single solitary challenger who dared try to take the UFC Middleweight Championship away from him. No man could withstand Silva's onslaught of offense.
And then Chael Sonnen took Silva down.
And then Chael Sonnen delivered nearly 50 unanswered strikes on the ground.
And we're only talking round one.
For almost the entire 5 rounds, Chael Sonnen whipped Anderson Silva like a restless child beats on a playtoy. Silva was dominated, manhandled, controlled, and smashed by Chael Sonnen.
Out of nowhere, during another vicious beatdown as announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan were describing the shock that Silva's winning streak and title reign were coming to an end, Silva clamped on a triangle armbar.
3:10 into the 5th round, Chael Sonnen tapped.
Did Silva luck out? Did Chael beat on Silva for 5 rounds and was unable to finish him?
These questions, and more, will be answered this Saturday night, live on pay per view, at UFC 148.
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