UFC on Fox 2: Chael Sonnen defeats Michael Bisping via unanimous decisionPosted on January 28, 2012, 08:33 PM by Joey Santosus
Chael Sonnen has cemented his place as number-one contender, defeating Michael Bisping to earn his long awaited rematch with reigning Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
As the fight got underway, Sonnen's strategy was immediately evident: take the Brit to the mat. Despite finding mixed results with doing so throughout the first two-rounds of the bout, keeping Bisping there was proving harder said than done for Sonnen. Able to quickly regain his footing following each takedown, Bisping looked to score points of his own, controlling Sonnen against the cage, as the two fighters exchanged short punches in the clinch.
It wasn't until the last round that Sonnen was finally able to put Bisping on his back for any extended period of time. As the Wolfslair product attempted to break free, Sonnen seized the opportunity to take his back before transitioning to full mount, where he was able to control Bisping for much of the final minutes.
Though closely contested, Sonnen comes away with a unanimous decision victory and will now await Silva's recovery. Though there has not yet been a date confirmed, the Brazilian is expected to return sometime in June.
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