UFC on FOX 2 Live Blog: Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping Updates

Chael Sonnen faces Michael Bisping at UFC on FOX 2 in Chicago.CHICAGO -- This is the UFC on FOX live blog for Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping, a middleweight bout on tonight's event from the United Center.

Sonnen (26-11-1) won in his return from suspension against Brian Stann at UFC 136 last October. Bisping (22-3) has won his last four fights and is coming off a dominant win over Jason "Mayhem" Miller last month at TUF 14.

The live blog is below.


Bisping walks to his entrance song, Blur's Song 2. The music is loud enough that you can't hear the boos. Once the music fades out, the crowd lets him have it. Sonnen enters next to a country song. The crowd loves Sonnen. Fans in Chicago have been cheering him every time he's appeared on the screens. "Big" John McCarthy is the referee.

Round 1:
Sonnen gets the takedown eight seconds into the fight, but Bisping soon after pops back to his feet. Sonnen closes the distance into clinch. They separate only for Sonnen to score the takedown. Sonnen lands a number of left hands before Bisping fights his way back to his feet. As easy as Sonnen has made it look to take Bisping on the floor, Bisping has done an excellent job bringing the fight back to standing. Bisping wins over the crowd, momentarily, with a spinning back kick. Sonnen shakes Bisping up with an overhand right Sonnen shoots and they're once again battling for control in clinch. They dirty box in clinch but neither is getting a clear edge. MMA Fighting gives the edge to Sonnen 10-9.

Round 2:
Bisping lands a straight right. Sonnen collides with Sonnen into clinch. Bisping reverses Sonnen against the cage. The two middleweights engage in a duel of dirty boxing until the 3:16 mark when McCarthy having seen enough, separates them. Sonnen shoots and finishes the takedown with just under three minutes remaining. Bisping creates the space to escape but Sonnen capitalizes with punches as the Brit returns to his feet. Bisping lands a nice straight punch. Bisping briefly tries for the takedown and they're back in clinch. Bisping is keeping this fight close with his superior boxing. MMA Fighting scores another close round 10-9 for Sonnen.

Round 3:
Sonnen starts with a straight left. Sonnen then powerfully drives Bisping towards the cage to complete the takedown. BIsping escapes to his feet but Sonnen swings around to take his back. Sonnen rolls, gets both hooks in and receives a huge pop from the crowd. Sonnen is thinking arm-triangle and claims full mount at 2:31. Bisping successfully bucks up Sonnen to escape to halfguard. To Bisping's credit, he's done a great job off his back, not allowing Sonnen to deliver any significant ground and pound. Bisping escapes and actually puts Sonnen on his back to close the fight with punches. Round three was Sonnen's best. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Sonnen.

Sonnen wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

For his post-fight interview, Sonnen ignores Joe Rogan's question and proceeds to cut a promo -- with no mention of Anderson Silva?


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