LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Host and mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
"Joe Rogan tonight is not about questions for me. I want to know how you feel about being inches away from greatness. I want you to tell everybody how it feels -- are you not mesmerized? Do you not have chills for the first time on FOX for you to be here, holding Chael's microphone, interviewing Chael? While you're thinking about that, remember this: When you're the greatest fighter in the world today, they have a name for you. They don't call you a great fighter, they call you Chael Sonnen. Beat me if you can."
-- The mixed martial arts (MMA) world was on the edge of its collective seat, knowing that if Chael Sonnen was able to defeat Michael Bisping in the UFC on Fox 2 co main event tonight (Jan. 28, 2012) that he would take to the microphone and deliver a stirring post-fight speech that would send chills up our spines. Well, he defeated "The Count" via uninspiring split decision at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., and then laid another egg with the mainstream world watching. Whoever was still watching, anyway. Not really sure what just happened. That was a very listless performance. And if it wasn't for a dominant third round, he certainly would have lost the most important fight of his life. Nonetheless, he earns the rematch against Anderson Silva in a fight that will no doubt draw huge. Fight fans got the result they more than likely wanted, but had to suffer through an average fight and an bizarre post-fight speech to get it. Hopefully, the long-term ramifications far outweigh the short-term embarrassment.