I watched UFC 117 over the weekend and as most MMA fans know by now, Chael Sonnen lost in extraordinary fashion after dominating the first four rounds of the title fight. Anderson Silva continually got caught with shots to the head and even buckled a few times on the way to the canvas.
There, Chael Sonnen dominated Silva by keeping his weight on him, wrestling him, and getting shots in and around Silva’s defenses.
Unfortunately for Sonnen, he was unable to finish Silva. Unfortunately for Dana White and the UFC, because Silva ended up pulling off a miraculous submission in the fifth round after being pummeled constantly, the UFC now faces charges from some circles that the fight was fixed.
Obviously the UFC won’t dignify charges like that with a response. Fixed fights are one of the main reasons that MMA has been able to gain such market share in the fight world from boxing as it is. And to this point, the charges are silly anyway.
Chael Sonnen sold the heck out of this fight with his brash trash talk. That has been used as evidence that it might have been fixed. Pump up a fight with WWE style tactics and then deliver a scripted drama in the octagon. For anyone who watched the fight, that simply isn’t what happened. Sonnen went after it, hurt Silva multiple times and simply got caught at the end.
Ultimately, saying the fight was fixed might seem like a sexy concept. In reality, truth is much simpler. It doesn’t require people to keep secrets. Plus, if the UFC was in the business of fixing fights with Anderson Silva, they should have done it sooner. If they had, the fans wouldn’t have been forced to watch the farcical match-ups he had previously with Demiam Maia, Forrest Griffin, Thales Leites and Patrick Côté.Powered by Sidelines