Originally Posted by systemdnb
I'm pretty sure I remember he told the Nog bros that he would finish by sub. I Call bs though lol.
I believe Big Nog said in an interview after the fight that when Silva hugged him before going into the cage he said in his ear, "I'll win by triangle choke." But I may be wrong.
To OP. Its the differene in their grappling styles, as most have said. Sonnen's doube leg is one of the best. Mayhem Miller fought him in the past and said that Sonnen's shot off a punch is almost impossible to sprawl, and Miller's TDD is pretty good.
Maia has used the double and single leg-trip technique before. And with success, but he's far better at the body lock throw, or sweep takedown. Which was almost an impossibility against the guy with the most dangerous Thai clinch in MMA.
Do I think Silva wanted to go to the ground? No. But I think he is a realist and knew Sonnen would put him on his back anyway.