"What had happened was a complete misunderstanding, a complete misapplication of the rules by me. We're in the fifth and final round, he locks on a submission and I acknowledge he has it tight by slapping my hand on his leg. I tapped. So what I thought is you go to the cards. I win four rounds, he wins that round. Apparently, if you tap, it ends the entire contest, which I was not ever made privy to. I gotta plead ignorance on this, Jim. Had anybody told me that tapping would cost me the entire bout, and not just the round, I wouldn't have done it."
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen has stopped calling himself the true 185-pound champion. Unfortunately, he's now transitioned to a new excuse for losing his title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117 back in August 2010. Apparently, Sonnen had no idea that tapping out in the fifth round, after dominating "The Spider" the entire fight, would cost him the contest, but he'll soon get the chance to make up for that "ignorance" when he ties up with his Brazilian nemesis once again at the UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more on their epic grudge match click here. To see the rest of the "Silva vs. Sonnen II" fight card and rumors click here and for all the UFC 148 news and notes click here.