UFC president Dana White and Michael Bisping both believed Chael Sonnen (Pictured) should have lost on Saturday night inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Even Sonnen admitted he wouldn’t have been surprised if the judges’ verdict went in favor of the Brit.
“The only round I knew I had was the third,” Sonnen shared at the post-fight press conference. “I thought I might have had one of the first two, but I didn’t know I had it.
“That was my goal, was to win a controversial split decision. So I was a little disappointed that it was unanimous.”
Prior to hearing UFC announcer Bruce Buffer recite the official scores, Bisping suggested to Sonnen that he thought he was victorious, and Uncle Chael didn’t disagree.
“Yeah, I did say that to him,” Sonnen admitted of their private conversation. “I said, ‘Hey, what do you think?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, I think I might have gotten the first two.’ I said, ‘Yeah, you might be right.’
“That doesn’t mean I disagree with the judges. They were close rounds. Even a 30-27 [score], I would agree he should have gotten a round in there somewhere. You can have a 30-27 fight that is still a very close 30-27. If it would have gone the other way, I don’t know if I’d be complaining.”
White and Bisping believed “The Count” took the opening two stanzas. However, when the cards were all tallied, Sonnen left The Windy City a highly-controversial (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) unanimous decision victory.
With the win, Sonnen advances to rematch middleweight king Anderson Silva for his crown later this summer. After dominating “The Spider” for nearly five complete rounds at UFC 117, Chael P. Sonnen was caught in a Hail Mary submission with just a few ticks remaining on the clock.