UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva retained his division title by destroying 185-pound number one contender Yushin Okami at the UFC 134: "Rio" pay-per-view event from the HSBC Arena back on Aug. 27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We call Andy "champ" like we call developmentally disabled animals "champ." Good boy, Andy, good boy!
"The Spider," widely-considered one of the top pound-for-pound mixed martial artists on the planet, looked practically invincible during his incredible championship run inside the Octagon -- until Sonnen almost knocked him from his perch at UFC 117: "Silva vs. Sonnen" back in 2010.
The trash-talking ex-Realtor dished out four rounds of punishment and was minutes away from a monstrous upset in the fifth and final frame before a careless guard attack left him strangled inside a triangle choke.
Nevertheless, Sonnen got a lot closer to the Brazilian's gold than anyone else in his division, prompting UFC fans to call for a second go-round should Brian Stann falter in his quest to become the next contender at UFC 136 on Oct. 8.
Prior to his suspension and other legal troubles, Sonnen was penciled in for an immediate rematch against Silva earlier this year. But Vitor Belfort -- who the Oregon wrestler describes as "one of the scariest guys in the company" -- was plugged in as a replacement and was finished in less than four minutes.
If Sonnen can defeat his "other" friend, Stann, later this fall, it could be near impossible for the promotion to deny him a title shot. The heat, rivalry and potential pay-per-view (PPV) revenue that the pair can generate in a rematch is just too much to withstand.
But can UFC fans handle another helping of Sonnen's relentless trash talk? And do you believe he can replicate his performance from the first fight -- sans triangle choke?
What say you?