Anderson Silva survives against Chael Sonnen, wins via Triangle Choke in the Fifth RoundPosted on August 8, 2010, 12:11 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anderson Silva managed to defeat Chael Sonnen in the final fifth round, in what was the toughest test in his career so far. Fully prepared Sonnen managed to rock Silva several times in the First Round, before dominating “The Spider” thanks to his superior wrestling. Chael Sonnen landed serious bombs, in what was one of the most devastating Ground and Pound performances of the recent time. Anderson Silva had no answer to the Oregonian’s spirit and aggression, going behind in all four rounds.
But in the end, it was “The Spider” who capitalized on Chael Sonnen’s error, locking a tight Triangle Choke followed by an Armbar. Chael Sonnen visibly tapped out on Anderson Silva’s leg, as the referee Josh Rosenthal rushed in to stop the contest at the middle of the final fifth round.
Traditionally for Anderson Silva, the fight could not end without a controversy. Silva protested against the referee Josh Rosenthal that Sonnen did not tap, still not releasing the hold for a couple of seconds. In the end, Rosenthal separated the combatants, earning Anderson Silva his eighth consecutive title defense.
Chael Sonnen fell only two minutes short of what could’ve been one of the biggest upsets in Mixed Martial Arts history. We all expected Chael Sonnen to dominate on the ground, but the most surprising part was the stand-up, where Anderson Silva was hurt on several occasions.
It’s unclear if Chael Sonnen will get a rematch. But one thing is true, he backed up every word he said before this fight, and truly deserves the respect of MMA fans around the globe. As for Anderson Silva, the Champ is still unbeaten, but very beatable.
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