Anderson Silva went in your UFC middleweight champion and left the same. He defeated Chael Sonnen Saturday at UFC 148 by TKO, but not without a little controversy.
He was taken down in the beginning of the first round and beat up for five minutes in what could have been scored 10-8. The second round looked to be the same before an attempted spinning elbow from Sonnen landed him on his back where Silva threw what looked to be an illegal knee. After the knee Silva wrapped it up with ground and pound when Yves Lavigne stopped the fight.
It wasn’t exactly the fight we were all expecting to see when we watched the main event. A more decisive victory from either fighter would have been great, but in a sport where an inch can make a difference between legal and illegal that’s what can happen.
Either way Anderson Silva is your UFC middleweight champion. He cements his legacy as the greatest mixed martial artist in history and now fans have to look to see who the next great fighter to challenge him will be.
I believe in the end Silva’s reign will end. We saw it with Liddell and even outside the UFC in Fedor Emelianenko. The sport is evolving and we are beginning to see better and better mixed martial artists. Athletes who grow up training MMA and not one specific discipline.
The co-main event between Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz ended with a unanimous decision victory for Griffin. Ortiz will end his career at 17-11-1, but still the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in UFC history. In his prime he was one of the best, but now that’s a thing of the past.
Cung Le defeated Patrick Cote via unanimous decision, Demian Maia defeated Dong Hyun Kim via TKO due to a rib injury, Chad Mendes defeated Cody McKenzie by TKO in 31 seconds, and Mike Easton defeated Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision to wrap up the main card.