"Chael has good wrestling. For a long time, he's trained wrestling. The first fight, I broke my ribs, I fought with broken ribs. But that's okay, I finished the fight and I win. But this time I am ready. I am training hard - this is a different fight.
My opinion for Chael is that this guy does not respect nothing. This time in this sport is very important. The people watching the UFC, the people that watch Chael Sonnen talking, they are like 'What? What is this sport? I don't like this sport. This guy doesn't respect nothing.' I understand sometimes you need to promote the fight, but I don't know. Chael talks about my people in Brazil, about my wife, about the older fighters. It's his problem, it's no good, it's no good promotion, this is a sport." - For complete interview with Anderson Silva, visit ESPN radio (710 LA) (transcription via MMAMania.com)
Sonnen has good wresting - but not good enough to defeat a healthy Anderson Silva.
That's according to the champ himself, who says that much of Sonnen's success in their first encounter can be attributed to his broken ribs.
A major underdog out of Team Quest, Sonnen was widely written off as nothing more than a big talker ahead of their UFC 117 title clash. As things got underway, however, that perception quickly changed when the challenger employed a wrestling-heavy gameplan to smother the Brazlian from top position for much of their five-round bout. Though it appeared Sonnen would cruise to a lopsided unanimous decision victory, Silva locked-up a triangle-armbar with just 1:50 remaining to force the tap and retain the title. While the performance has sparked much debate regarding the potential outcome of their impending rematch, Silva assures that their second showdown will be a "different fight." But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Will "The Spider" prove a point in Sao Paulo, or will "The Ganster from Oregon" finish what he started?