Round 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal in charge of the night's main event. Sonnen rushes in, but Silva moves away. Sonnen kicks, but Silva catches the blow. Sonnen tries his first shot, but Silva dances away. Silva bust early. Sonnen kicks again, and it's caught and he's sent backward. Sonnen wobbles Silva and he tries to rush in. Definitely has Silva's attention. Silva shoots ins, and Sonne has a guillotine, but he lets it go as they move back to the feet. Sonnen catches Silva aagin, but Silva just drops his hands as if to say it doesn't hurt. Sonnen shoots in, and he's on top of the champion throwing short punches. Sonnen in half-mount. Silva works his back to the cage. Halfway through the round, and Sonnen is smothering Silva. Several left hands find their mark. Silva moves to his knees. Sonnen works in a few short punches. Silva tries to roll for a knee, but Sonnen stays on top. Sonnen postures and delivers some damage from above. Sonnen stands and delivers a big right hand. Silve trapped on the floor. Sonnen pressing in, but Silva regains guard. Several big punches land. Rosenthal watching intently, and the crowd os going nuts with every punch whether they land or not. Sonnen delivering the goods as promised, and he wins the first round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 2 - Sonnen rushes in. Silva fires punches that land, and a low kick nails Sonnen as well. Silva fires another kick, and Sonnen catches it and puts the champ on his backside. Silva throws a few elbows underneath, and Sonnen returns fire. Silva gets a firm bodylock in a bid for a standup. Sonnen slams him down and pushes away with a cross-face. Silva open his guard momentarily. Sonnen working his game and grinding away from the top. Silva tries a few heel-kikcs and again works the bodylock. He lets it go and tries to control the wrists, but Sonnen works his arms free and drives in more punches. Sonnen postures, and Silva looks to threaten with his legs high, but he relents. More grinding punishment from the top. Silva again works the legs free but to no avail. Sonnen lands a few solid elbows from the top. Silva's guard is active, but he has yet to get real close. Silva scrambles to a knee and threatens with a kimura. Sonnen defends well, and Silva attacks the leg briefly. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Sonnen, 10-9.
Round 3 - Sonnen runs in, and Silva lands a right. Silva circling now. Spinning back-kick lands. Sonnen shoots in again, and Silva falls to his back. He looks for a kimura as he falls, but Sonnen defends well. Silva to his knees. Sonnen on the back, and he drives knees to the body and then fires right hands to Silva's head. Silva rolls and pulls guard. Silva again tries to stall underneath, but Sonnen relentless. Silva locks in a figure-four underneath, but Sonnen grinds away from the top. Forearms, elbows, punches - they're all adding up. Silva's face not damaged, and he doesn't look hurt, but he's also frustrated. Silva tries to scramble up, but Sonnen pushes him back to the floor. Silva trying hard to stall underneath, but Sonnen staying busy enough to keep the fight there. Less than a minute. No attack from the bottom for Silva. He does break the guard, but he's not threatening with the legs. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com sees at as three straight for Sonnen, 10-9 yet again.
Round 4 - Silva with a big left to open. Flying knee. Another punch catches Sonnen, and he;s wobbled. Sonnen tries to stand in the pocket and trade. Silva hits him again. Sonnen shoots in with obvious fatigue, and Silva shucks him off and down. Silva on top, but Sonnen gathers himself and sweeps to top. If Sonnen wins this fight, that's a key, key moment. Silva in guard again. Silva controlling the head and trying for the stand-up, but Sonnen pushing away and staying busy with punches from the top. Halfway through the round. Silva with the feet on the hips, and he tries to sweep. Sonnen rides from the top and remains in control. Silva content to hold when he can. He has nothing from the bottom. Silva fires a few elbows from the bottom. A few sneak in. Sonnen lands several right hands, and Silva tries to catch the arm with his legs, but Sonnen feels it sneak up and pulls in. Sonnen is but, and the blood is on Silva's chest. Sonnen leans up, adnd the blood is running down his face. ROund ends, and Sonnen rises to show a wounded face, but he takes the round, 10-9.
Round 5 - Sonnen rushes forward again. Shot defended by Silva, but Sonner drops him and rushes in. Sonnen tries briefly for an arm-triangle, but Silva defends well and escapes. Sonnen in guard. He tries to wiggle and stand, but Sonnen presses down and moves to side control. Silva regains guard. Sonnen grinding away with hammerfists. Silva throwing a few shots from the bottom, but there's no accuracy or force. Halfway in. Sonnen postures up and punches. Silva with a triangle choke, and it looks deep. Silva transitions to an armbar. and Rosenthal rushes in. Mass confusion. Sonnen swears he didn't tap, but Rosenthal has waved it off. Replays show Rosenthal is right. Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via submission (armbar) - Round 5, 3:10.