Originally posted on Moai Martial Arts:
July 7th is just a day away as MMA fans across the globe are anticipating one of the most hyped matchups of all time. I could write countless words on the Silva/Sonnen saga, but I feel like other outlets may be best suited for that. For those of you looking to get a deeper insight into the enigma that is Anderson Silva, be sure to check out the documentary Like Water. The film provides a great back story to Silva/Sonnen I, as the film follows Anderson from the Abu Dhabi debacle all the way up to his stunning victory in his first matchup with the so-called “Gangster from West Linn”. If you told me you anticipated Chael to dominate that first match like he did, there is no chance I would believe you. Many pundits expected another dominant performance from “The Spider” as he squashed another seemingly unworthy contender. None of us believed that a mid-card wrestler could give ‘our’ Michael Jordan a challenge. That supposed mid-tier guy proved us all wrong by dominating Silva for four and a half rounds. Though, in that fateful final round Silva gathered himself and pulled a triangle choke out of where the sun don’t shine and defended his title. Whether Silva was setting up the triangle whole time, his ribs really hindered him, or Chael’s inhumane testosterone levels were too unworldly to overcome, millions were left stunned and wanting more. After two years of trash talk (mostly by Mr. Sonnen), a few injuries, and a whole lot of speculation we finally get to see Anderson Silva defend HIS belt against the toughest opponent he has seen as a UFC Champion.
Besides the colossal Main Event, this is a six fight card that has solid bookings from top to bottom making this Pay-Per-View a must buy for any self-respecting fight fan out there.