"I can’t sugarcoat it; my heart is broken,” Sonnen said at the post-fight press conference. “It was the two best guys in the world out there. He’s number one and I’m number two. It hurts. My heart is broken, because that’s not what I came here for, to finish second. Anderson is a great fighter and he did what he had to do. Give that to him.”
Needless to say, this was a side of Silva fans have not seen in a very long time. The last time he was dominated so handily on the ground was against Daiju Takase at PRIDE 26 on June 8, 2003.
Though things ended well for Takase (7-12-1), who defeated Silva via triangle-choke submission, Sonnen was left with a sequence he will replay countless times in his mind.
Though there was a lot of tension leading up to the bout, Silva complimented Sonnen on a great fight and said there are no hard feelings.
"I really don't have anything against Chael," Silva said. "Outside the ring what he said is in the past. I don't hold any grudges."
Despite the devastating loss, Sonnen said he would take a rematch immediately.
"Fighting Anderson Silva's a lot like eating Chinese food," Sonnen said. "Twenty minutes after I'm done I'm going to want to do it again."
FITCH DOMINATES ALVES
If one thing can be said about Jon Fitch, it's that he's probably the most consistent fighter in the UFC. Everyone knows he's going to look for the takedown and grind on his opponent, but few competitors are able to stop him from doing it.
In the UFC 117 co-main event, Thiago (Pit Bull) Alves was once again unable to get the better of him.
As always, Fitch's (22-3) wrestling and top control looked sharp. For fifteen minutes, he was able to take Alves (16-7) to the mat and control him. If Alves got back to his feet, Fitch put him right back down again.
Alves was never able to mount any serious offense. The exchanges where he was able to keep it standing and apply pressure were few and far between.
Though it didn't make for any exciting fight, it was pure domination by Fitch.
With the victory, Fitch has earned himself a shot at the winner of the welterweight title fight between Georges (Rush) St. Pierre and Josh (Kos) Koscheck this December.
Prior to the bout, Alves missed weight by half a pound. However, this wasn`t his first time he failed to make weight.
Alves also came in four pounds over for his fight against Matt Hughes at UFC 85 and was suspended for eight months after testing positive for a banned diuretic, Spironolactone, following his win over Tony DeSouza at UFC 66.
UFC president Dana White said it`s time for Alves to move up to middleweight.
"We were just texting a few minutes ago before I came in,” White said. “He said, 'I'm sorry about that, I'll come back stronger.' I said, 'Yeah, at 185 you will.' He said, 'No, I want to fight at 170.'
“He looked lethargic tonight; he looked slow. He doesn't belong at 170. He belongs at 185 pounds. That's where I'd like to see him, at 85."
NELSON TOUGH AS NAILS
No matter what Junior (Cigano) Dos Santos threw at him, Roy (Big Country) Nelson fought through the pain and kept moving forward.
Dos Santos (12-1) admitted Nelson (15-5) was a bigger challenge than he expected.
"Man, this guy's tough; incredible," Dos Santos said following the bout. "He trained a lot to be here, but I trained so much too. This victory makes me happy."
Though Nelson showed a lot of heart, he was essentially Dos Santos' punching bag en route to losing a unanimous decision.
With the dominant victory, Dos Santos has earned a shot at the winner of the heavyweight championship bout between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez.
FULL UFC 117 RESULTS
Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by fifth-round submission (armbar)
Jon Fitch def. Thiago Alves by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Clay Guida def. Rafael Dos Anjos by third-round submission (jaw injury)
Matt Hughes def. Ricardo Almeida by first-round technical submission (choke)
Junior Dos Santos def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Rick Story def. Dustin Hazelett by second-round TKO
Phil Davis def. Rodney Wallace by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Johny Hendricks def. Charlie Brenneman by second-round TKO
Tim Boetsch def. Todd Brown by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Stefan Struve def. Christian Morecraft by second-round TKO
Dennis Hallman def. Ben Saunders (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)