Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
UFC 148 took place July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Legendary UFC middleweight Anderson Silva (32-4) squared off against his hated rival, Chael Sonnen (27-12-1), in the night's classic main event. Catch the video highlights below.
For more on Silva's remarkable victory, check out the play-by-play from MMA Fighting's Ben Fowlkes.
Round 1: Yves Lavigne gives the signal, and we're off. Sonnen comes straight across the cage and immediately takes Silva down. The crowd erupts. I wonder if they'll even be able to hear the horn at the end of the round with all this noise. Sonnen works from the top with short strikes while Silva tries to create space to get up. Sonnen looks comfortable in Silva's half-guard, but he's got to work to avoid a stand-up. The crowd alternates between chants of ‘USA' and ‘Silva.' Sonnen postures up to strike and Silva looks for a minute like he might try for another triangle choke. Not this time. With a minute left in the first round, Sonnen slides through Silva's half-guard and into full mount. He lays flat and spreads his weight out on Silva while working short elbows and palm strikes. There's the horn, and Silva jogs back to his corner. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Sonnen.
Round 2: Again Sonnen charges straight across the cage and gets right in Silva's face. Silva tries to dance away, but Sonnen clinches him up against the fence. Silva stalls out the takedown attempt and then pushes Sonnen back before stinging him with a right hand. Sonnen replies with a decent right of his own, but Silva seems unbothered. Spinning backfist by Sonnen, and Silva ducks under it to let him go tumbling into the fence and onto his butt. Silva stands over him, then launches what appears to be an illegal knee to the head of a downed Sonnen. Lavigne has nothing to say about it, and Silva continues pounding on Sonnen with punches as he covers up. Sonnen briefly gets to his feet, but goes down again and can find no answer for Silva's torrent of strikes. Lavigne has seen enough, and he moves in to stop it. Silva's still the champ.
UFC 148 results: Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (punches) at 1:55 of round two
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