Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva (top) punches Chael Sonnen during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" event has come and gone from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, last night (Sat., July 7, 2012).
And Anderson Silva is still the king of the middleweight mountain.
That's because he disposed of Chael Sonnen, the only man who ever posed a legitimate challenge to his throne, by technical knockout in the second round. He did so with stunning precision and the kind of accuracy no human being should be able to pull off.
In the immediate aftermath of the fight, Joe Rogan was tasked with asking for Sonnen's thoughts. Would he admit defeat and move on? Would he make excuses and go right back into kayfabe mode? Would he cut another pro wrestling inspired promo?
None of the above. He actually called Silva the "true champion."
"They gave me the opportunity. Nobody owes me anything. I'm very grateful to have the chance. He's the true champion, man. You know, he got me with a good shot, I was on the ground, he got me with a good knee and other than that I'm just going to have to look at the tape."
Sonnen put forth another strong effort in the first round, controlling Silva all throughout after earning a takedown not even 10 seconds in. He held superior position the whole way and even passed to full mount before the first five minutes were up.
It may have been a 10-8.
But once the takedown didn't come as easy in round two, he seemed to get a bit desperate, which may have led to his throwing a spinning backfist that missed so badly he ended up falling on his ass. That was the beginning of the end, as Silva landed a devastating knee and finished with follow up punches shortly thereafter.
To his credit, he's not passing the buck off ... yet.
Anyone care to wonder what happens to Sonnen next? Now that he's lost twice to the middleweight champion does he move up to light heavyweight?
Sound off, Maniacs.
And for a more detailed breakdown of Silva vs. Sonnen 2 click here. For complete UFC 148 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.