Four X-Factors ahead of Silva vs. Sonnen IIPosted on July 7, 2012, 10:47 AM by Anton Gurevich
After nearly two years since their first fight, Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will finally meet in a rematch. This is without a doubt one of the biggest fights in MMA history, with both fighters looking to leave the arena victorious.
Silva is a clear favorite, but it looks like Chael Sonnen has finally achieved his goal of getting into the Brazilian’s head. Silva’s miraculous victory at UFC 117 is an all-time MMA classic, but it’s clear as sun that “The Spider” still has a lot to prove in tonight’s rematch. From Chael Sonnen’s weight cut to Anderson Silva’s shoulder strike – here are five important factors that could affect the outcome of Silva vs. Sonnen II:
Chael Sonnen’s rough weight cut
Sonnen’s face looked sucked in during the weigh-in. The Oregonian cut 20lbs in just 24hrs, which could play an important factor during the biggest fight of his MMA career. It’s a five-round fight, and Sonnen’s body needs to be in the best shape possible to go toe-to-toe with Silva. Chael Sonnen’s nutritionist, Mike Dolce, is one of the best in the business, but he has a tremendous responsibility on his shoulder to make sure the gangster from West Linn, Oregon, is not KO-prone due to severe dehydration.
Biggest fight in UFC history
Silva vs. Sonnen II is promoted as the biggest fight in Ultimate Fighting Champonship history. Both Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen are no strangers to danger when it comes to big fights, but I’m still pretty sure that the sold out MGM Grand Garden Arena will play its role on Saturday night. It will be interesting to see whether the crowd becomes pro-Sonnen after yesterday’s incident at the weigh-in, which could significantly boost the challenger’s confidence.
Personally, I think Anderson Silva might be a little bit overconfident coming to this fight. Like I said in our official predictions post, Chael Sonnen is a fierce competitor, and if Silva thinks he will dominate this fight from start to finish, he’s up for a long night inside the Octagon. Anderson Silva has absolutely nothing positive to take from his first fight with Chael Sonnen. Yes, he won with a perfectly executed submission maneuver, but it’s also important to remember that Sonnen dominated the fight in both stand up and on the ground.
Chael Sonnen struggled to execute his gameplan against Michael Bisping. The Brit was able to defend a large portion of Chael Sonnen’s takedown attempts, and looked solid on his feet. Sonnen was able to grind out a victory, but his performance left some unanswered questions. It will be interesting to see whether Anderson Silva is “easier” to take down than Michael Bisping. It’s a huge question for Chael Sonnen, who is most likely to rely on his exceptional wrestling skills to become the new UFC Middleweight champ.