UFC On Fox 2 Results: Sonnen Edges Bisping for Shot at Anderson Silva

January 28, 2012
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The UFC’s most charismatic middleweight, Chael Sonnen, will now get his wish to rematch Anderson Silva after edging out a close decision victory over TUF 3 light heavyweight winner Michael “The Count” Bisping at UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago on Saturday night.

It wasn’t as easy as expected for Sonnen, as the first two rounds were incredibly close.  Bisping was able to scramble and get the slight better of Sonnen standing.  The few clean takedowns Sonnen secured made it difficult to score.

In round three, the fight clearly shifted towards Sonnen, as the Team Quest standout was able to successfully take Bisping down and control him on the ground.  Sonnen would eventually take the back of Bisping and transition into full mount.  Bisping was not deterred despite the heavy grappling onslaught of the former Olympic alternate in wrestling and even took him down late in the round.

After the bout all three judges awarded the contest to the No. 1 contender Sonnen (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) in a close affair.  In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Sonnen left the Chicago fans in style and told them how he’s the greatest fighter in the world today.

“When you’re the greatest fighter in the world today, they’ve got a name for you,” Sonnen said post-fight.  “They don’t call you a great fighter, they call you Chael Sonnen.”

Now with the close decision victory over Bisping, Sonnen moves his record to 27-11-1.  Sonnen’s win over the TUF 3 winner, has secured him the all-important rematch against the pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva in Silva’s backyard of Brazil.

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  • maddawgmar

    Sonnen showed he can fight through adversity. He is ready for Silva again, he jus needs to clean up his clinch game a bit. Hats off to Bisping for making it a fight. Clearly took the second round, and the difference in the fight was the first round takedowns by Sonnen. fun night of fights, but nothing extravagant. Can’t wait for the rest of 2012.

  • Iamrozylo

    Anderson Silva is gonna make this kid look like an amateur this
    time around.

  • Mario

    Anderson will submit him again in the rematch.

    Only sooner 🙂

  • Sonnets threw more and landed more punches, had more take downs and controlled Bisping in the trash talk. Although the trash talk was close. How was this fight close? It was the best fight on the main card and that’s sad for the first full card on fox. How are they going to get him out of Brazilian win or lose! They never fight in Brazil, the insurance won’t let it happen.

  • phrankthetank

    I’m with the judges on this one. Rd 1 bisping was taken down twice and stumbled with a big punch. His stand up was crisp but he did no real damage and just held sonnen against the cage. Even in rd 2 he just held sonnen on the cage while sonnen punched him (if you can call it punching).

  • Mma fanatic

    I don’t think it’s safe for Sonnen to ever go to Brazil !, let alone fight there!! Abu Dahbi would be a good place! Silva owes them a true fight !!
    Now I’m not impressed with Sonnen tonight! He was a less imposing version of himself!! IMO

  • I was very impressed with Bisping tonight. Sonnen certainly did not go through Bisping as many said he would. I don’t think he will ever beat The Spider!! Dream on, Chael, you WWE pro wrestler wannabe!!!

    • shawnstory

      You said it absolutely 110% correct!!

  • bbtakayama

    Sonnen proved once again why he is the best fighter ever. That was the most dominating victory ever. Bisping should retire after that beating. I’m glad it wasn’t one of those boring knockouts or submissions that the fake champion is always getting. Anyone can front kick someone, or drop someone with a jab while hanging their hands down. Only the best fighters can lay against the other fighter for 15 minutes and get a decision.

  • Prodigy815

    The UFC’s most charismatic middleweight? HAHA get the f outta here.

    • phrankthetank

      Charisma has nothing to do with the way he fought. All in his attitude

  • Very close fight. A lot of people thought I was crazy for saying Bisping was legit and had a chance in this one.

  • MikeMc1983

    A bit interesting. Some of these comments seem like they were defending the judges decision before anyone attacked it.

    I guess I’ll be somewhat the first. Sonnen got some takedowns when he started eating punches, but did nothing with them. They lasted a very short time as well. Mike had control against the cage Often, but didn’t do a ton with it. However he had him there quite a bit of the fight. So octagon control goes to bisbing pretty easily in the first 2 rds.
    Sonnen moved forward when he wasn’t against the cage so I guess one could give him aggression though that one is close. I think more click time was spent with bisbing in an aggressive position, but sonnen looks stronger bull rushing ahead.
    Effective striking has to be bisbing. I didn’t see any stats, but it’s what’s effective. I don’t believe Chael threw a single punch that wasn’t to setup a takedown/clinch attempt. The whole fight he spent trying to avoid having to strike. He acted like bisbing was a prime chuck Liddell.
    The grappling goes to bisbing because it’s what nullified chaels wrestling. What got him right back to his feet, and what let Chael not get any real shots off on the ground. (not that Chael really tried to get off anything meaningful)

    That was all about the first 2 rds. No doubt Chael gets the 3rd. The 3rd is what could also really skew the total stats in the fight.

    I thought bisbing won up until I heard a judge had it 30-27, and there wasn’t a split. Look like Chael thought he lost laying on the ground until big John told him “it could be close in the judges eyes” and then he proceeded to jump up with his arms raised.

    I didn’t agree with the decision. (though I thought/wanted Chael to win)
    It wasn’t nearly the worst decision Ive seen. (I still think bisbing over hamil was the craziest)
    Fight looked bad because Chael didn’t fight well. Chael wins, but bisbing’s stock rises. Chael better hope that he still has a huge style clash with Anderson because he’s in trouble if he looks like that vs. silva.

    Another thought. Chael might have had a bad weight cut because he might have tried to put on more size for munoz. Chael looked bigger. Mark is big and strong with some cardio issues. Chael might have gotten bigger thinking he’d still have better speed and cardio than mark. Bisbing is a different guy. Sonnen needed his speed and cardio more than size vs. mike
    Maybe. Who knows. Just a possibility.
    I didnt like Maia decision in an ugly fight either.

  • elguapo

    I agree. Thought this was something of a poor decision to be honest. And the stuff he came out with afterwards? Come on, you really need to win decisively and in devastating fashion to declare yourself the best in the world etc, not get a debatable decision. Was still quite funny though.

  • Bob

    Maybe the UFC should wait for the drug tests to come back before they confirm the Siva vs. Sonnen rematch!

  • Bob

    Looked good on Micheal the cunt Bisping to loose after he repeatedly grabbed the shorts, grabbed the fence and hung on to the top of the cage.

    I was hoping for a double knock out in this fight.

  • Mma fanatic

    I wanna see Bisping vs Stann!! That would be a great fight!!