UFC 117(Silva vs Sonnen) was indeed one breathtaking main event featuring the then dominant middleweight champion Anderson Silva and the former NCAA Division 1 wrestler Chael Sonnen.
The buildup to the fight was fascinating with Sonnen proclaiming himself to be the Bad guy of MMA and convincing the world to be the guy who would expose Anderson Silva by giving him a hard beating for 5 rounds. Sonnen’s trash talk about Silva and the country of Brazil immediately galvanized a lot of people in the crowd to side with Silva which created just a different level of hype and anticipation which none of Silva’s matches had previously.
Sonnen did turn up to be the dominant guy in the match who poured a 22-minute beating consisting of (4 and a half rounds )to Anderson Silva. Although to Silva’s credit he locked up a brilliant submission, a triangle armbar from the bottom at the midpoint of the 5th round to secure a brilliant come from behind victory and retain his middleweight crown.
Img:Anderson Silva(left),Chael Sonnen(right)
Sonnen arrived on Ariel Helwani show yesterday and gave an account of a funny story of how he got the title shot against Anderson Silva. Sonnen told Ariel, “I was driving around Western Oregon for my practice and my phone rang up. It’s a Vegas number and the number was not saved to my phone. Well, Dana White called me and it was the first time he had called me “Hey it’s Dana.C hael, do you want to fight Anderson Silva? “Cuz I have already gone to ESPN and announced this fight”.
Ever wonder how my fight vs Anderson Silva at UFC 117 came about… pic.twitter.com/MjHkdCJQdj
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) November 14, 2018