So we're going to ignore all of the damage that Sonnen has taken and walked through his entire career because he didn't react well to being swarmed by Anderson? Do you people honestly not think your posts through? Sonnen can take a punch. It's as simple as going back and watching his previous fights. Eating shots to the face from Anderson Silva has turned many men into 'cowards'. Good Lord, the lack of thought some of you put into your posts is astounding, if not depressing. If you can't give Chael the credit he deserves, then as I said in another thread, you diminish Silva's victory. I see this so often from Silva fans (discrediting his opponents) that it's hard to take the 'Silva is the GOAT' talk seriously. If I were to believe you, he only beats mentally weak bums and overrated wrestlers.
I'd not call the fight a 'domination' myself. You can all delude yourselves into believing otherwise, but the fact is, Silva lost the first round. Silva managed to defend well, but he wasn't able to get up off of his back. You can't simply ignore that failure to suit your own devices. The second round was domination, and only after Sonnen slipped and the knee was landed. Up until that point, Chael had cage control. You call it successful take down defence, and as do I, but Anderson was still defending. And 9 times out of 10, if you're defending, you're losing. We see wrestlers do nothing with cage control often and get the win. You know this.
Dominating finish. But hardly a dominating fight. It would be the Silva fans who are reaching in that regard. Full credit to Anderson from me. Unlike many of you, I don't take away from these fighters to make myself feel good. Anderson finished Chael by TKO, starting with one of the nastier knees I've seen to the body. He won the fight. He's defeated Sonnen twice. That's the story here.
And Sonnen finally did what most every man has done against Silva. He folded. If he'd stuck to putting on pressure against the cage and not giving up on his base, like he did with Bisping, things might have turned out differently. He wasn't able to land a couple of take-downs... I don't see that as a reason to give up entirely, especially when you landed one in the first and won the round. But then, most men abandon their strongpoints when fighting Anderson. The ability to frustrate his competition is another feat I often credit him with. He's a wizard in that area.