Ahead of their colossal rematch this coming Saturday, the UFC has uploaded the first meeting between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 to their Yahoo video page. Fans can now look back at one of the most shocking bouts in MMA history.
Before UFC 117, Sonnen was given about a snowball’s chance in hell at defeating the champion, yet the man from the mean streets of West Linn, Oregon had other plans. Sonnen, who had taken his popularity to new levels with a newfound knack for smack talk which remains part of his schtick to this day, dominated “The Spider” from the opening bell. The bombastic challenger continued to do so through the 5th round.
In what was one of the most spellbinding moments in MMA history, Silva showed why he is arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the sport. After being soundly dominated, offering little more in way of offense than elbows off of his back, “The Spider” snared his opponent in a deep triangle armbar with only 1:50 left in the fight, forcing Sonnen to tap.
Two years later, MMA fans are about to be treated to one of the most highly-anticipated rematches in the sport’s history this Saturday at the MGM Grand Gardens Arena in Las vegas Nevada at UFC 148. Enjoy this trip down memory lane to get you primed for this coming weekend’s momentous occasion.