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Controversial Calls: Sonnen vs. Bisping by the Numbers | UFC NEWS

Event: UFC on Fox 2
Date: January 28, 2012
Contestants: Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping

The main event of UFC on Fox 2, also known as Evans vs. Davis, was overshadowed by a middleweight number one contender showdown between two of its best. Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping went to war in a close three round fight that went the distance. In the end Chael Sonnen won via unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28. All three judges gave him the nod, but shortly after the fight Dana White was quoted as saying, “I had Bisping two rounds to one”. You’re right 99% of the time Dana, but this time you were wrong and I can prove it.

Round 1

This round was all Chael Sonnen. The number of significant strikes was close, but Sonnen topped Bisping 24-13. The percentage of significant strikes landed also went to Chael with 51% to Bisping’s 33. Total strikes landed was more of the same seeing Chael Sonnen land 43 with Bisping again trailing behind with 23. When we get to succesful takedowns Chael clearly beat Bisping by completing 2 of 4, while The Count could reply with none of his own. If you look at the stats Chael clearly won this round.

Winner: Chael Sonnen

Round 2

Bisping gets the nod in significant strikes scoring 15 to Chael’s 11. In terms of significant strike percentages Bisping topped Sonnen 38% to 28. Chael topped Michael 57-50 in total strikes landed, and also in the takedown category 1-0. You could give it to Chael because of the last two categories, but I leaned towards Bisping looking at the big picture here.

Winner: Michael Bisping

Round 3

Starting much like round 1, Chael landed 5 significant strikes to Bisping’s 2. Sonnen’s significant striking percentage was clearly better besting Michael in this category 45% – 33. The total strikes landed continued to total in Chael’s favor. Sonnen landed 35 and The Count offered up 29. Each fighter landed one takedown, but Sonnen was able to pass Bisping’s guard twice. With these stats in mind it is Sonnen who won this third and final round.

Round 3 and bout winner: Chael Sonnen 2 rounds to 1

If you look at the total stats for this fight it is clear that Chael Sonnen technically won this contest, and hopefully puts to rest the notion that Michael Bisping should have been awarded the decision. Stats don’t lie Mr. White. Stats don’t lie.

(All credit goes to for the statistics used in this article)


41 Responses to “Controversial Calls: Sonnen vs. Bisping by the Numbers | UFC NEWS”

  1. Thom says: fightmetric stats on a fight over 3 months old.. ”news”, lmao. Just so you know, fightmetric releases its stats like 5 minutes after a fight.

  2. Hjortur Halldorsson says:

    This is exactly what I though. Sonnen won that fight fair and square (TRT aside of course) so I for one have never understood why this decision has caused so much controversy. I think too many people just listen to what DW says, like that Edgar vs Bendo fight, how that Bendo win is a controversy is beyond me.

    • Sergio says:

      Bending spanked Frankie

      • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

        Sergio and hallv well said. typical dana white always spouting off bullshit when the decsion doesn’t go his way. Dana knew TRT (CHEAT) Sonnen won but he knew by saying Bisping won he could justify that Bisping’s loss really doesn’t count (IN HIS MIND) so he wins either way by getting his big money fight with Sonnen and Silva and keep the OVERRATED HYPE TRAIN going on Bisping who has never beaten a (TRUE) top 10 fighter. Bisping lost to Hamill, Rashad, W Silva, Hendo, and even though Bisping will continue to be protected he would lose to A. Silva, Vitor, Munoz, Palharis, Franklin, weidman, Lombard. In a NON -BIAS no dana white UFC the fight that would make the most sense to welcome Lombard in the UFC MW divsion would be Bisping (GATEKEEPER) but we all know Dana will continue to keep Bisping in UFC protective custody from all big strikers since he was Hendo’d-H bombed which was only because dana thought hendo was washed up and he totally undersestimated Hendo. This will not happen again. Dana will continue to give Bisping fighters like Dan miller, Mayhem Miller, Jorge Rivera, Leben’s (minor gate keeper) and all the IDIOT Bisping nuthuggers will continue to say he deserves a title shot even though as i said he has never beaten a top 10 opponent.

        • OJ says:

          THE TRUTH

        • Hjortur Halldorsson says:

          You’re absolutely right Fitch hater and Sergio.
          DW is very biased when it comes to some fighters. Sometimes he should act less like a fan and more like the UFC president that he is. I of course like that he’s a huge fan of the sport, don’t get me wrong, but he’s still the UFC president and therefor needs to act more professional sometimes. I mean I can’t imagine what Bendo must have though when he heard the UFC president saying that Edgar should’ve won the fight. Things like that annoy the shit ouf of me. I like DW for the most part but this is a huge defect on his part as the UFC president IMO.
          But I know exactly what DW would say if he would read my comment, it would go something like this: “I can say what ever I fucking want to say, you stupid fucking cunt!”

    • Sergio says:

      It seems as like if any fight that goes to a decision deems to be a profitable rematch for the UFC Dana will dispute the decision to influence a rematch so the UFC will get paid.

      • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

        Well put Serg and another bullshit thing Dana white did was sponser Jon Jones. can you imagine how that must have made Rashad feel. complete douch move by dana

  3. slacker says:

    This was one of the very few fights where I changed my mind after re – watching it. Originally, I had Bisping winning (1st and 2nd rd) the fight. The reason why I think the 1st was tough to call, was that Sonnen threw a lot of punches that were a mixture of misses and connections – some of them not that powerful. But overall, even though his strikes were not as crisp as Bisping’s in that round, he did score a fair amount more. Also, he dictated the pace and place of the fighting. It was messy, but he won the round.

  4. Nuitari X says:

    I’m sorry but when has anyone ever seen sonnen land a truly “significant” strike. LOL maybe in a pillow fight.

    • deez nuts says:

      once again u dont know shit go watch sonnen vs silva and watch him drop silva

      • Kayce says:

        I don’t recall silva being dropped by anyone his whole career and I’ve watched MMA for 17 years…. Maybe u should learn something lmao sonnen is a wrestler, not a fighter

        • what are you talking about? Silva got staggered twice in that fight very clearly. Rewatch it and its plain to see.

        • Thom says:

          Yeah I dislike Chael but he hurt Anderson twice, no doubt about it.. You may have watched mma for a 100 years but that doesn’t change the facts.

        • Jon Mac says:

          You are such an idiot. Go watch the fight he was staggered by sonnen twice. You clearly have not been watching mma that long.

        • K2 says:

          For clarification he said “dropped” not “staggered”. There is a difference. “Dropped” implied that the fighter that was struck hits the ground following said strike. “Staggered” is when fighter is struck and goes all skanky legged but stays on the feet. Yes, Silva was “Staggered” in the fight, but not “dropped” as Kayce said “never ‘dropped’ by anyone”.

        • GRT 3000 says:

          Big deal – dropped, staggered; Sonnen was so hopped up on TRT that fight it makes everything he did null and void.

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      Frankie has won 99% of his fights with pillow strikes and you same people act like he hits liek a freight train. Sonnen actually nailed Silva with a big strike so he has potential (BEING ALL JUICED UP) to land one of his haymakers. bisping ahs always been known for having pillow hands and almost all his opponents have never shown much damage. Hamill didn’t have a scratch or anything on him but thats because he didn’t land a punch the entire fight and got his ass kicked by hamill regardless of what the corrupt judges (Cecil poeples) said in Britain

  5. Nick says:

    Who cares? That’s old news. I had Chael winning 2 rounds to 1 anyway.

  6. Bornkiller87 says:

    Watch the anderson vs sonnen fight, he almost knocks anderson out with a right hand. If you call that a pillow then andersons chin is glass. lol

  7. Adam says:

    Lol I thought this was a news website not about events that took place months ago. This page is so ant Sonnen its crazy. Seriously find something interesting to write about.

  8. TRUTH says:

    People are fucking stupid. Only dummys who are scared of Sonnen hurting Silva thought Spitsbing won. Even HL showed Sonnen dominated round one and three, he even edged round 2 in most peoples opinion. Chael got criticized when clearly it was a tough match stylistically. Sonnen vs Silva will be rematch of the Century. I’m a fan of Sonnen as an entertainer and a person when he’s serious. I’m not a fan of Silvas fake personality, but I like him as a fighter. May the best man win.

  9. jbeamazing says:

    no shit he beat the count the only ones saying he didn’t are the people that hate chael for what he says out side of the cage

    • Bluenose says:

      Bisping made sonnen look ordinary thats because he is ! Anderson will destroy sonnen,hopefully break his jaw,then wire it shut….have hard time distinguising between sonnens mouth and his arse….because shit comes out of both !

  10. Dick Diaz says:

    chael had a bad weight cut i think… if he didn’t it would’ve been a worst beatdown…

  11. Luke says:

    He only said that to promote silva fight. He was smiling inside.

  12. Dezza says:

    Chael was off the juice hence why this fight was close. Was half the size he was against Anderson hence why he was unable to impose his size (assisted of course) on this fight. If he is clean come rematch time Anderson will destroy him. And no I’m not a hater just dislike cheats!

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      If you call being off the JUICE still having a 6 to 1 ratio or in lamens terms 6 times more testosterone than average man then yes you are correct. Anyon ewith half of brain knows Sonnen only fought the way he did against Silva because he had enough JUICE in him to jump over the damn moon. Like I said my doctor said if any of her patients ever tested 17 to 1 or 3400 testosterone level she would have turned him into the DEA. since Sonne is already on parole for FEDERAL FELONYi’m sure the feds-DEA would take a closer look how someone had access the massive amounts of testosterone like he did. Now way in hell Sonnens primary doctor gave him anywhere near that much testosterone because ANY and ALL pharmacists would have reported it to the DEA. sonnen clearly was obtaining testosterone thru otehr sourses prob his coach Matt lindland who ALSO uses testosterone and or buying it off internet under someone elses name or like Carwin just having massives amounst delivered right to his front door in his own name

  13. jones says:

    and stats do lie…ever hear of effective striking,,look at diaz vs condit,,the stats lie there condit out landed with soft leg kicks…stats is bullshit

  14. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    I was a huge Condit fan but noone will ever convince me he beat Diaz. Diaz controlled when and where the fight went and chased down Condit the entire fight. Condit wanted nothing to do with Diaz and it or Greg jackson made him like like apussy. Diaz got screwed

  15. ufcshshdud says:

    Should of been a five round fight give bisping a rematch because sonnen is a complete Dick

  16. Bluenose says:

    Sonnen wont give re match to the count,reason being,he will soon be retired !
    Anderson will take him apart .sonnens loose lips will be swollen big time !

  17. Hayden says:

    Interesting comments but I still have Sonnen winning all 3 rounds due to aggression, takedowns and control.
    MMA needs a new scoring system, forget the 10 point boxing system. Go to a 5 points in 3 categories system: aggression, strikes, grappling and control. 15 points possible in each round for each fighter 0-5 based on effectiveness in each category. MMA is much more complex than boxing and therefore needs a different system of scoring, a better system.

    • K2 says:

      Aggression, Strikes, Grappling and control. That should be 4. Grappling and control should be 2 different categories. You can control where the fight takes place without grappling if you’re an effective enough striker. And by making them separate and judging each category individually, you could have a fighter(s) get a 0 if they didn’t grapple any that round. They should score the fight as a whole and not point fight each round. OR remove the judges and have any bout that goes the distance considered a draw. We’ll see how fighters like having a record of 5-3-11 and perhaps they’ll start trying to finish more. Give yellow/red cards to fighters stalling out the fight. 1st card yellow (warning), 2nd card red (loss). I think it’d make fighters get in there to finish a little more. Oh, and train the refs.

  18. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    Pride rules without soccer kicks would solve all the Fitching, wall and stall, point fighting, Edgar and Condit running away, flash (Edgar type takedowns that have stolen hundreds of decisions. point for every (CLEAN) knockdown like maynards 5-6 knockdowns of Edgar and take points away for Edgar running away Caleb Starnes style. Actually as soon as Edgar was knocked down like second time and ran away the fight should have been stopped

  19. Boring says:

    This is not boxing where you count the number of strikes only Idiots!! The only reason Cheal got the decision was the fact that it is more financial benefit than seeing Bisping fight Silva.If you ask any neutral like myself they would tell you that Sonnen lost. This type of shit always happens in boxing. Since the author is interested in statistics here 1 for you by a overwhelming majority of 100% to 0 this article is crap.

  20. Simon says:

    There’s more to it than fight metric. Watching the fight live in PPV and I’m sure even more so in the venue, you could just see that bisping was winning. Chael was fighting negative, always looking for takedowns and never looked to finish the fight. When he did have him down he did little with it. Bisping rocked sonnen, pushed the pace and just seemed the better fighter. Disagree strongly

  21. Leo I AM BRAZILIAN says:

    i dont get why everyone is like well i watch mma for 17 years WHO GIVES A F&CK……….The first Ufc i ever saw was Ufc 98 and since then i have been a die hard fan and ive caught up on the old fights and rewards most of the pride events and bushido events,,,,,,so people just stop about the who knows more then the other person bullshit……..and on this matter up top sonnen won i called the fight a draw….but i did lean towards bisping because i believe a taken down shouldnt win a fight i wrestled in college and i hate wrestlers that do mma as a point fighting system its a UFC FIGHT NOT A UFC PT. impressively or lose with heart

  22. Leo I AM BRAZILIAN says:

    i dont get why everyone is like well i watch mma for 17 years WHO GIVES A F&CK……….The first Ufc i ever saw was Ufc 98 and since then i have been a die hard fan and ive caught up on the old fights and rewards most of the pride events and bushido events,,,,,,so people just stop about the who knows more then the other person bullshit……..and on this matter up top sonnen won i called the fight a draw….but i did lean towards bisping because i believe a taken down shouldnt win a fight i wrestled in college and i hate wrestlers that do mma as a point fighting system its a UFC FIGHT NOT A UFC PT. impressively or lose with heart.

    • Nuthugger says:

      Totally agree…..people on here always coming out with “if you think that, you don’t know mma” and “i have watched it since it’s pride days” and if someone disagrees with their point of view on a fighter, they should “get his nuts out your mouth”…..i sent a complaint about it all to the website, via facebook…..i’m absolutely sick of coming on here and reading such crap. It’s like a child’s playground at times. I am now preparing for “if you don’t like it, don’t read it” shit too. I come on here to read about stuff and see the views of people, that’s what it’s here for, so before anyone guilty of the above tells me to go elsewhere……..STFU !!

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