OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Anderson Silva looks to control the arm of Chael Sonnen during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
"Chael makes fun of a lot of things. … But he picks stuff up really fast. And the stuff that we worked on, I can guarantee you if he has the chance to use it in the fight, he will do it. If it’s a submission, if it’s a guard pass, whatever, I guarantee you he can do it. If he gets the chance, he can catch Anderson with something... A lot of people hype Anderson’s jiu-jitsu game because he got his black belt from the Nogueiras. But not every black belt is a high-level black belt. You just happened to have got a black belt under that guy. It’s not like he has great sweeps. It’s not like he has great submissions. How many submissions has he gotten [in the UFC]? He submitted Henderson. He submitted Chael; that’s two guys. And he submitted Travis Lutter. So that’s three guys. He’s even got a couple submission losses. They may be eight years ago, but they’re still losses. So I feel like this whole thing about Anderson being a black belt doesn’t make much of a difference in the fight."
Don't take my word for it, just ask Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) submission grappling world champion Vinny Magalhaes (via BJPenn.com) who's been helping Chael Sonnen tighten up his submission game prior to his rematch against Anderson Silva at the UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. "The Spider" was able to submit Sonnen in their first meeting back in August 2010, but the Brazilian's overall ground game, honed under the guidance of Rodrigo and Rogerio Nogueira, doesn't impress Magalhaes, who just so happened to have a little falling out with "Big Nog" as a contestant on season eight of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Sour grapes? Or unfortunate reality? We may find out at UFC 148. Stay tuned.