88.9
TKO (Flying Knee and Punches)
5:22
      Sonnen shot for an early takedown, but Machida stuffed the shot against the fence. Sonnen tried to throw Machida down 90 seconds into the round, he jumped to take his back, and Machida did a great job staying on his feet. They split up and reset halfway through the round, and then Machida dropped Sonnen with a massive flying knee, it LOOKED like a knockout, but Sonnen recovered just enough to keep the show going, so Machida settled into top control, and continued to pound on Sonnen for the rest of the round. Round one clearly goes to Machida.
     The second round started with Machida dropping Sonnen with another massive flying knee, Machida unloaded with a lot of punches while keeping Sonnen pinned against the fence, and the referee eventually had to stop the fight. That's a solid win for Lyoto Machida.
89.3
TKO (Punches)
4:46
      Emelianenko dropped Sonnen as soon as the fight started with a big left hand. He let him stand back up, Sonnen shot in for a terrible takedown, and Emelianenko fought him off with another punch. Sonnen ALMOST scored a takedown, but Emelianenko used his Sambo to flip Sonnen in midair, and ended up on top in half mount 45 seconds into the first round. Emelianenko stood back up, Sonne tried to take him down, and Emelianenko just threw him off to the side. Sonnen finally scored a takedown with an ankle pick 90 seconds into the round, he took his back, and then Sonnen randomly did a forward roll, allowing Fedor to secure side control. They reset halfway through the round. Sonnen clinched, and then finally took down Emelianenko with 2 minutes left in the round, and landed on top inside Emelianenko's half guard. Emelianenko swept him with a minute left in the round, and then stood back up. Emelianenko dropped Sonnen again, unloaded with some big punches, and the fight was stopped with 14 seconds remaining in the first round. I guess this means we get Fedor vs. Bader for the Championship.
85.7
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Sonnen has the clear speed advantage here, and Jackson has the clear power & weight advantage. Sonnen threw a few big punches, but Rampage just ate them, and didn't seem phased at all. Jackson blasted Sonnen with a few shots, and they had some good weight behind them. Jackson picked up Sonnen & slammed him halfway through the round, and then told him to stand back up. Sonnen threw a flying knee, but it didn't seem to do much to Rampage. Sonnen was chipping away at Rampage with soft punches, and Rampage blasted him with a few big shots, and then Sonnen scored a takedown with a minute left, he took Rampage's back, and went for a rear-naked choke, but wasn't able to do anything with it, so Rampage turned into him, and took down Sonnen, running head first into a loose guillotine. I guess the first round has to go to Sonnen for that takedown, and slightly outstriking Rampage with volume.
      Rampage came out swinging in the second round, he landed some hard shots, and then they clinched, and traded control while pressing each other against the fence. Rampage threw a lot of short body shots, while Sonnen pressed him against the fence, and then Sonnen threw Rampage to the ground in the center of the cage with a trip. Sonnen mostly just hung out on the ground in half mount, working for a Kimura on the far side, and Rampage just kind of laid there, throwing elbows at Sonnen's thigh. This fight does NOT make me excited about seeing all of these old out of shape guys fighting in this heavyweight tournament. This fight is fucking terrible, but Sonnen is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Rampage is in good shape at 205, but 253? Get the fuck out of here. He needs to retire if this is how he's going to show up from now on. Sonnen on the other hand? He also looks like shit, but at least he's winning.
      Rampage tried to throw some strikes to start the final round, Sonnen tried to take him down, Rampage stuffed the shot, and they found themselves stuck in a boring ass stalemate while clinching against the fence. Rampage blasted Sonnen with a lot of hard punch combinations to the body, as Sonnen's back was pressed against the fence. The referee eventually reset them, Rampage started taunting Sonnen instead of going after him, Sonnen just backed away, they eventually clinched, and then Sonnen tripped Rampage to the ground. I'm giving that round to Rampage, but this fight will more than likely be a 29-28 decision for Sonnen. I have ZERO INTEREST in watching him fight any of the other guys in this tournament though. This tournament is going to be fucking terrible. All 3 judges gave the 29-28 unanimous decision victory to Sonnen.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      Sonnen took down Silva 8 seconds into the opening round, and pinned him against the fence, where Sonnen was able to work some solid ground & pound. Silva finally popped back up halfway through the round, but Sonnen kept him pressed against the fence in the clinch. Silva backed out with 2 minutes left in the round, he punched Sonnen in the head, dropped him, and then jumped into Sonnen's guard in the center of the cage. Sonnen popped back up with a minute or so left, and then scored with another takedown, but was caught momentarily in a loose guillotine choke. The round ended with Sonnen on top, in half mount, throwing short punches at Silva's head. That was a decent back & forth round, but Sonnen pretty clearly won all but maybe 90 seconds of it.
     Sonnen started the second round with a flying knee, and then Silva blasted him with a series of hard punches, and Sonnen shot for another takedown, and landed inside another guillotine choke. They just laid there for a minute or so, with Sonnen's head still stuck inside a guillotine choke. Silva was nowhere near finishing the submission, but it gave him some time to take a breather. Sonnen threw some light punches to Silva's body, and the referee eventually stood them back up. Sonnen immediately shot for another double leg, and pinned Silva against the fence again with 3 minutes or so left to work in the round. Sonnen continued to pound on Silva with sloppy strikes until the end of the round. Sonnen is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round started with some sloppy strikes going both ways, and then Sonnen shot for another clunky looking double leg, as he planted Silva back on the ground 30 seconds into the round. Sonnen threw a few random elbows from half mount, and then spent the last half of the round working for a Kimura, which he never came close to finishing. He passed to full mount with 90 seconds left in the fight, and did absolutely nothing with it. This fight should be a clear 30-27 decision for Chael Sonnen, as Silva basically didn't even show up to fight, once again showing zero ground game for a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
89.1
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
2:03
      These guys both traded some sloppy strikes, Tito shot for the slowest single leg I've ever seen, Sonnen stuffed the shot, swept him, and started setting up a D'Arce choke just 30 seconds into the round. He gave up on that and cranked on a guillotine choke instead. Tito popped his massive head free around the one minute mark, and then Tito passed to full mount, slapped on an arm-triangle choke, or something? Sort of a neck crank, arm-triangle or something, I'm not really clear what that was to be honest. He cranked it, Sonnen was forced to submit, and Ortiz wins his retirement fight in the first round by submission. Congrats to Tito.
90.8
TKO (Punches)
4:05
      Well, that was disappointing. More often than not, I find myself rooting for Chael Sonnen against most guys, and this fight was a fight I REALLY wanted to see him kick some ass, but every time I want someone to beat up Rashad, it seems like Rashad just absolutely refuses to let it happen. So yeah, they clinched against the cage for most of the fight, eventually Rashad was able to take the fight to the ground, getting on Chael's back, and beating him up for a while, and eventually started landing some big bombs, forcing the referee to stop the fight. I couldn't tell if Chael tapped, or if it was just a referee stoppage, but either way, Rashad pretty much kicked his ass.
90.4
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
4:47
      This fight was kind of a weird matchup. Chael Sonnen seems to ONLY fight champions, even though he continues to lose, fight after fight. Well, here he is against a former legend in the sport, and he pretty much schooled him in the game of wrestling. Sonnen took Shogun down early, Shogun eventually got on top, Sonnen got back on top, Sonnen locked on a guillotine choke near the end of the round, and Shogun tapped out. Pretty awesome win for Sonnen, and even better, was the Pro Wrestling fashion that he called out Wanderlei Silva after the fight was over. I want to see Sonnen vs. Silva!!! (Wanderlei, that is...)
94.3
TKO (Elbows & Punches)
4:33
      OH MY FUCKING GOD!!! *pukes all over the floor* That fight was fucking insane... Jon Jones basically "Chael Sonnened" Chael Sonnen. He took him to the ground, slamming him several times, once they stayed on the ground, Jon Jones broke out his signature elbows & punches, making Sonnen bleed, and forcing the referee to stop the fight. Awesome performance by Jon Jones! The problem is, during the post fight interview, he looked down and realized his big toe was literally HANGING OFF HIS FUCKING FOOT, OH MY GOD... *pukes again* If Sonnen would have lasted 27 more seconds, he probably would have won the fight due to the injury. But yeah, THANK GOD the referee stepped in, because that would have REALLY fuckin' sucked if Jon Jones lost due to an injury. HOLY FUCK. What a CRAZY ending to a CRAZY event. This whole card was fucked up... GOOD, but FUCKED UP... I'm getting the fuck out of here, to check out the post fight press conference.
92.7
TKO (Knee to the Body & Punches)
6:55
      Well, for being the biggest fight in UFC history, this was a pretty lame event overall. The first round made me nervous, because Sonnen took Anderson to the ground, and completely dominated him during the first round. The second round was kind of a sloppy event, that ended with Sonnen spinning around and falling on his ass for no apparent reason, Anderson jumped on top of him, punched him in the face a lot, and that ended the fight. Anderson Silva is the legit champion, and this fight just enforces that theory, but overall, I'm pretty disappointed with the quality of this event as a whole.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      Well, this fight SHOULD have been one of the best fights ever, and they both really left it all in the cage, as far as their gas is concerned, but it mostly consisted of them both grinding each other against the cage, and nothing spectacular really happened. You could have argued that the fight could go either way, but ultimately, I gave the fight to Chael Sonnen, and so did all of the judges (even though I WANTED Bisping to win). On the plus side, Chael's interview after the fight was pretty funny (again), so that's always worth a few minutes.
94.0
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
8:51
      This fight was pretty awesome as well! Great UFC event so far! Going into this fight, I was kind of rooting for Brian stann, but GOOD GOD! Chael Sonnen is easily one of the best wrestlers I've ever seen in MMA. He took Stann down at will, with NO trouble whatsoever, completely dominated him on the ground, toying with him, punching him, running a grappling clinic, and eventually he ended the 2nd round with an arm triangle. Chael Sonnen is the real deal! I hope he's next in line for Anderson Silva, because I think that's the only fight that makes sense at middleweight right now.
97.9
Submission (Triangle Armbar)
23:10
      Holy shit... I'm a little late to the game here, since this event happened a few years ago, but HOLY FUCKING SHIT, this was one of the most insane fights I've ever seen. As everyone already knows, Chael Sonnen absolutely dominated Anderson Silva for all 5 rounds, all the way up until the end, when Anderson Silva locked on a fast triangle choke at the last minute. HOLY FUCKING SHIT, Anderson Silva is the God of all fighters, and Chael Sonnen is one bad S.O.B.
92.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty badass fight, but it can be described in a few short words. Chael Sonnen took Marquardt to the ground, and he completely dominated him with his vastly superior wrestling skills, and his ability to throw hard punches while on the ground. Marquardt was able to cut him open pretty badly in the second round with an elbow, but overall, Sonnen dominated him all 3 rounds. Excellent fight!
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty impressive fight, especially considering the fact that Chael Sonnen usually bores the shit out of me. Yushin Okami looked pretty bad though, but I'll give most of that credit to Chael Sonnen's insane pressure, and his wrestling dominance over Okami. Okami got slammed several times, he got hit several times, and he just got outclassed overall. Chael Sonnen wins via unanimous decision.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight almost seemed exciting at the start, when Sonnen took Miller to the ground, and Miller locked on the guillotine choke. The problem is, Sonnen escaped and then spent the rest of the fight on top of Miller, pounding on him with "average" quality strikes. In the end, Chael Sonnen won via unanimous decision.
91.0
Submission (Triangle Choke)
2:37
      This was a pretty great fight, especially due to the ending. The fight started with both guys standing for a few seconds, and Maia took a leg kick & fell down, sort of pulling guard, and Chael Sonnen tried to ground & pound him for a while. They got back to their feet, and Sonnen looked to have the better striking skills, but Maia grabbed him and belly to belly suplexed Sonnen dropping him on his head, and got the mount in a triangle position. Sonnen rolled onto the top, Maia locked on the triangle, and the fight was over, Sonnen was forced to submit in the first round. Great display of Jiu-Jitsu by Damien Maia.
86.6
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty disappointing rematch. Filho came into this fight looking pretty fat & out of shape. He weighed in 4 pounds over the weight limit, which means that this is no longer a title fight, which means that Sonnen got screwed AGAIN, and Filho doesn't give a shit. Sonnen took Filho down in every round, and Filho spent most of the fight laying on his back, while Sonnen just stood over him, throwing random kicks at his legs, and picking him apart with his boxing whenever they were standing. This was a pretty horrible fight, especially considering the amount of build up there was, leading into this rematch. I'm glad Sonnen won, because he deserved it, but I think Filho is clearly on the downside of his career at this point, after being one of the most dominant Middleweights in all of MMA.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      Well, this fight was extremely one-sided... Chael Sonnen took Bryan Baker to the ground with his superior wrestling skills, and held him there for 15 minutes, while throwing punches & elbows & submissions galore. Bryan Baker got absolutely dominated, and this ended up not even being a fight. Baker just got his ass beat for 15 minutes, and Sonnen wins by unanimous decision.
90.9
Submission (Armbar)
9:55
      The first round started off with some really slow standup, with Sonnen throwing jabs to kind of measure the distance. Filho then tried to throw a hook, but Sonnen grabbed his back, and then kind of slammed him to the ground, sort of grabbing Filho's head (from behind) and then just pulling backwards & pressing down, to bring Filho to the ground. Sonnen claimed that Filho was out, but the referee didn't stop the fight, so Sonnen started pounding away at the face of Filho, but Filho was able to recover fairly quickly, and the fight continued. After some wrestling around, Filho locked on a tight guillotine, but Sonnen was able to escape. I gave the first round to Sonnen.
     The second round started up, and for some reason, even though Sonnen was winning the standup war easily, he tried to take Filho to the ground, and he ended up getting caught in an armbar. This is when the controversy really got started. The referee asked if Sonnen wanted to submit, Sonnen screamed "NO! NO!" And had a very painful look on his face, like his arm was going to break, so the referee stopped the fight, Sonnen got pissed because he never tapped out, and Filho keeps the belt. Ultimately, if you want to go entirely on points, Chael Sonnen won this fight (up until the point it was stopped)... But yeah, in the end, Filho had that armbar locked on, and I don't see how Sonnen could have escaped, so even if he didn't tap, he still would have had to eventually. So good job Paulo Filho, even though I thought Sonnen was the more impressive fighter this time around... (and I really dislike Chael Sonnen)... So my kudos to him, really have some weight behind them.
91.4
TKO (Punches)
8:33
      This fight was kind of crazy. Sonnen tried to get a takedown early in the first round, but Suloev was hanging onto the ropes for dear life, with both hands AND with both feet. Finally, Sonnen got the fight to the ground, and eventually got on the back of Suloev, looking for a rear-naked choke. Sonnen took the fight back down to the ground early in the second round, where he beat up Suloev from inside his guard. He eventually got the mounted crucifix, where Sonnen was able to finish Suloev with a nonstop barrage of punches to the face, that Suloev couldn't possibly defend against. Another really nice finish for Chael Sonnen.
89.8
Submission (Brabo Choke)
0:13
      They met in the center of the ring, Sonnen shot for a takedown, McKenzie sprawled, Sonnen backed out, locked on the D'Arce choke, and McKenzie tapped. After the fight was over, they carried McKenzie out on a stretcher. Apparently he had some sort of neck injury or something? I'm not really sure what happened there. But yeah, pretty badass finish for Chael Sonnen.
86.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty typical Chael Sonnen fight, where he took Oleinik down at will, and beat him up on the ground, while avoiding submission attempts on the ground. The second round had Sonnen shooting for takedowns, while Oleinik was pulling guard, which basically means 100% of the takedown attempts were successful. Sonnen continued to beat up Oleinik, and Oleinik got a little closer to submissions in the second round, but he still pretty clearly lost that round as well as the first. The third round was more of the same, with Sonnen shooting for takedowns, and Oleinik pulling guard, leaving Sonnen in top position for pretty much the entire fight, which lead to Sonnen winning via unanimous decision. Pretty boring fight overall.
88.9
TKO (Punches)
2:18
      Sonnen started this fight with a wild flying knee, followed by a takedown, landing in Credeur's guard. Sonnen then spent the next two minutes, beating up Credeur on the ground, until the fight was stopped when Credeur tapped out due to strikes. Nice finish for Chael Sonnen.
90.3
Submission (Armbar)
6:17
      Wow, that was a pretty great fight. Sonnen dominated the first round, by taking Horn to the ground without having to put any effort into it at all, and he beat him up a little bit on the ground, but Horn did a great job defending himself on the ground, so he didn't really take THAT much damage. The second round looked like it would be more of the same, Sonnen took it to the ground quickly, but this time, Horn immediately started going for armbars, and eventually locked one on tight, and Sonnen started screaming "TAP! TAP!!!" and Horn wins via submission. Awesome win for Jeremy Horn, and I think this puts him somewhere comfortably in the Top 10 at 185.
88.1
Decision
15:00
     This fight felt a little bit long winded, with Sonnen taking the fight to the ground repeatedly in every round, beating up Prangley on the ground, cutting his face with punches & elbows, and outworking him for 15 minutes. Prangley tried to secure a Kimura near the end of the fight, but he was unsuccessful, leaving him with a loss, and leaving Sonnen with the unanimous decision victory.
88.3
Submission (Triangle Choke)
6:20
      The first round was pretty close for the most part, but I still gave it to Babalu, because he almost finished the fight with a great heel hook, and he also had some pretty solid striking throughout the round... During the second round, Babalu locked on several triangle chokes in a row, until eventually, Chael Sonnen was forced to tap out... Babalu is a pretty solid fighter, but I need to see some more of his fights to really develop a serious opinion of him... Either way, this fight was pretty good, but I'm not really looking forward to seeing Chael Sonnen fight again... He bored me, Babalu didn't... Babalu wins by submission... The End...
86.8
Decision
15:00
      Chael Sonnen makes his WEC debut here, by throwing Stiebling to the ground with an awesome takedown. The rest of the round had Sonnen landing some short ground & pound, while Stiebling tried to wrestle his way into better positions, but Sonnen won that first round pretty clearly. The second round started with Stiebling looking for the clinch, but Sonnen used a guillotine attempt to take Stiebling down, where he beat him up with more punches on the ground. The third round was more of the same, Sonnen on top, beating up Stiebling. Nice WEC debut for Chael Sonnen.