Chael Sonnen was ticks away from accomplishing the unthinkable at UFC 117 on Saturday. Unfortunately for the challenger, he got tangled in Anderson Silva’s webs, as “The Spider” locked on a triangle armbar submission from his back that forced Sonnen to tapout.
“At the end of the day, you either get your hand raised or you don’t, and I didn’t. That’s it. I’ll live with it, but I’m devastated,” Sonnen said at the post-fight press conference.
His opinions of the champion were blunt leading up to the highly anticipated showdown, but one simple mistake during his masterful performance put him in the same position as the 11 other Octagon foes that have stood opposite the middleweight king.
After doing what nobody thought was even possible, Sonnen continued to beat up and takedown the world’s greatest fighter at will. Thankfully for Silva, he miraculously pulled a rabbit out of his hat with only 2:50 left in his unprecedented title run.
If you ask him, it’s a feeling Sonnen is all too familiar with.
“It’s devastating, I can’t sugarcoat it. My heart’s broken. I came up with the silver medal,” said Sonnen. “I wrestled for a world championship, I came in second. I fought in the WEC for a world championship, I came in second. Now I fought in the UFC and again I’m a runner up and it hurts really bad. I just can’t put it any other way.”
Only UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and president Dana White know whether Sonnen will get a mulligan. The odds are he’ll drop at least one notch and have to fight his way back into a 5Rounnd affair. Regardless, it didn’t stop the part-time realtor from making a sales pitch to coach on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
“I’ll go on the reality show with Chael and I’ll work on my English. We’ll carry the ratings and we will do a rematch,” Sonnen jokingly jumped in to translate a question meant for Silva.