A unknown wrestler with a mediocore record makes his UFC and LHW debut, fights a good fight but gets submitted.
Ultimate fight night 4
gets a decision rematch win against prangley (who submitted him in their first fight).
Another rematch against an opponent who submitted him in their first fight.... Gets submitted again by Horn.
Goes on a win streak with some low level mma organisations.
Fights Paulo for the middleweight divison, again shows beautiful wrestling... but that damn bjj gets him again.
WEC 33 & 36
gets a decision win and almost a year later gets his revenge against Paulo by grinding a decision win and showing better submission defense.
comeback at ufc 95
fights maia, a highly praised submission artist (ud almost think they wanted to give maia a easy fight), gets a beautriful triangle 'slapped' on him after a nice throw by maia.
That last one gives sonnen a record consisting of 8 submission losses and only 1 tko loss (the other a cut which doesnt really count).
This is where sonnen started to be known my the mainstream fan and got 3 straight wins against miller, okami and marquard.
Then he begins this epic trash talking (which dana reffered to as mohammad ali's) about how he's not scared of silva and will bring the fight to him.
After the silva vs maia fight even the silva fans were probally waiting for such an opponent for the champ.
Shocks the world by dominating silva and we all know what went down from that point till yesterday night.
I personally will remember him as an athlete, a fighter who doesnt back down for anybody, not to for get an amazing promoter but most of all the man who wasn't scared of silva and was willing to do everything to show the world what he was capable of.
I'm a silva fan and have always disliked sonnen from the day he started to disrespect legends as cro cop,wanderlei and the noguiera brothers.
But i'll never dislike him as a fighter
Your the worst mma fan ever, u praised machida all the way and replied to almost every machida topic during the so called 'lyoto legion'. He gets ko'd by shogun and you were saying how you didn't care and your opinion on him hadn't changed at all. Though its obvious to everyone your way less biassed and changed your profile pic to cruz (or cruz was a bit later).
Same with sonnen, if you only knew how frustrating it was to check out an sonnen vs silva topic on the forum because of your fanboy behaviour on every single topic involved with sonnen or silva.
A day after his rematch with sonnen guy made an topic joking how everyone would forget about sonnen. You reply with 'why cause he lost one fight' and claimed your opinion on him hasn't changed. Though you hopp over to the bj bandwagon...... weird.
Ik making a argument over someone changing his profile pic is a bit silly but still its stupid you do it almost immidiatly after your fighter loses.
Just saying, I dont think guys like you are considered real fans.