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I agree with everything you said... almost eerie how much I agree.
The only slight disagree. I am a Sonnen fan, but I think Silva will sub him again. I re-watched the fight. Silva's wrist control from bottom was great throughout most of the fight. I'm surprised he didn't try to go for that triangle sooner. I remember the first time I watched that fight I kept thinking Silva was going to sub him because of how he was able to control Chael's arms. I was very surprised he didn't try anything until the 5th round.
I see the fight going 1 of 3 ways.
1. Silva KO's Chael within 30 seconds.
2. Silva gets taken down, and has an EXTREMELY aggressive bottom game and subs Chael within 2 minutes.
3. Chael wins via decision.
I am personally rooting for Chael... but I think Silva will have his number this time around.
The thing about the fight that should worry Silva fans was Sonnen getting a knockdown on Silva with strikes. He looked a little slower. I'm sure he was stuck guessing when Sonnen was gonna shoot on him. Sonnen always has had bad submission defense, but his submission skills and overall game have evolved so much. 5 years ago, Sonnen wasn't a top 20 MW.Amazing turn around