Sonnen vs. Silva II Recap: The Spider Solidifies His Place as the Greatest of All Time

The Winners

Anderson Silva: As mentioned in our UFC 148 preview, one of the biggest questions for Silva coming into this fight was whether he'd be able to avoid Sonnen's double-leg takedown. The Spider put those questions to rest despite spending all but four seconds of the first round on his back. His reliance paid off in the second when Sonnen attempted to go toe-to-toe with one of the greatest strikers of all time and failed as referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight. With 16-straight victories and an overall record of 32-4, Silva has solidified his spot as the greatest of all time. There’s no competition left for him unless he decides to move up to the heavyweight division and challenge Jon Jones. #dreammatch

UFC and Dana White: Was the fight of the year a bloody five-round classic? No. But questions were answered and fans seemed generally satisfied. Two of the sports best faced off and the better fighter won despite being in some trouble in the first round. Unlike another combat sport (which we’ll talk about in a bit), MMA fans have for the most part been treated to the fight’s they actually want to see. There’s no settling for second-rate matchups while the best competitors duck and dodge each other. The MMA wave continues to grow and UFC 148 was just another testament to that.

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