OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Chael Sonnen punches Anderson Silva while on the ground during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Because "The Spider's" takedown defense is "excellent."
In fact, Sonnen "won't even touch him" if and when they finally hook 'em up in a 185-pound rematch, after first facing off at UFC 117 way back in August 2010. But don't take my word for it, when you can hear it from jiu-jitsu wizard Ronaldo Souza, who recently got a taste of Silva's gi-less grappling.
"Jacare" talks to Tatame.com:
"I believe that if he’s in good shape no one can beat him, especially Sonnen. Anderson has a black belt level at Jiu Jitsu. When he puts the gi on he does great. He can attack and defend himself well with no gi and, fighting MMA, no comments. But I believe that next time he won’t let Sonnen take him down. He has excellent takedown defense. Sonnen won’t even touch him."
Sonnen had a 43-percent success rate against Silva when they first fought for the Brazilian's strap nearly 18 months ago, landing three takedowns in seven attempts.
But it wasn't how many times he got him to the floor, it was what he did with him once there, that told the story.
Silva struggled mightily across four-and-a-half rounds against Sonnen, who out-struck the striker by a staggering score of 320-64. In fact, he might have walked away with the belt had he not gotten careless and silver-plattered a triangle choke in the final minutes of the fight.
Will history repeat itself in June?
Sonnen's first fight back after running afoul of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) was a lopsided submission win over Brian Stann at UFC 136; however, his most recent performance against Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2, where he seemed unable to replicate his dominance in previous fights, left many fans wondering if he still has the chops to get it done in a Silva rematch.
We know what Souza thinks.
How about you?