If Frankie Edgar had not knocked out Gray Maynard in such impressive fashion this past Saturday to defend his world title and put to rest a trilogy that has been several months in the making, more of the world would be talking about the “Oregon gangster”, Chael Sonnen, and his call out to Anderson Silva following his victory over Brian Stann.
Never one to beat around the bush Chael Sonnen delivered a statement to Anderson Silva this past weekend during his post fight interview with Joe Rogan that suggested that the loser of a proposed rematch between the two either, A. leave the division or B. leave the organization.
After being out of action for fourteen months the widely regarded number two middleweight in the world delivered an impressive performance over a top contender this past weekend to earn himself another shot at Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title.
The two last met in August of 2010 and in case you were living under a rock, Anderson Silva had one of the most amazing comeback victories in UFC history to retain his UFC title. Sonnen was able to dictate the pace and location of the fight for nearly four-and-a-half rounds but failed to close out the champion in the final frame and got submitted via triangle choke with just a couple minutes left in the match.
Many point to a nagging rib injury suffered by the champ during the bout and claim that a rematch will be as one sided as the first fight but that it will be the champion, Anderson Silva, proving the first performance was a fluke.
UFC president Dana White is on board and ready to book the rematch as soon as Silva is ready and recovered from a reported shoulder injury, so this fight is all but a lock. The talk will soon be over, but until that time, the MMA world will surely be split on deciding who to pick in this epic rematch for the UFC’s middleweight championship.
Check out Chael Sonnen’s call out and challenge in the video clip below.
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