then why hasn't Chael's striking looked as good since that fight? I mean, not even close.
Probably because Sonnen isn't a great striker, nore did I ever claim him to be.
Anderson's great striking comes from being able to have the time and pace to set up his strikes and learn the rhythm of the fight. Every single fighter he has fought as champion have always let him settle in and get his pacing down, and they all eventually paid for it.
If you take away his timing (the single most important part of his striking) he is not nearly as dangerous. Sonnen knows that, hell, everyone on this forum knows that - we all know Silva takes time and settles in for a few minutes before going at it, he has to get that timing down, without his timing and ability to strike at his distance and his pacing, he would not be nearly as dangerous.
Sonnen got in his face and punched him, kicked him, got at him from 1 second into the fight, Sonnen was beating him and pushing him striking before his rib ever even thought about getting hurt. His rib is no excuse, he was already losing, it just continued after.
Whether Silva adjusts to this in the coming fight is up for debate, I won't call a winner one way or the other, could be a Sonnen decision, could be a Silva TKO/sub, could be a Silva decision, Sonnen could get him in a position against the cage on the ground where the ref stops it because it's too difficult for Anderson to defend, it's going to be very interesting seeing how this plays out.