The art of fighting is one that mixes beauty with brutality. A soft skin mistress, and a violent lover, fighting is the most unforgiving and most honest thing a man or woman can get involved in. Why do we fight? For glory that often comes too early or too late in an unproven or overlooked career, for money, often times not reflective of a fighter's true worth, for titles, most of which are about as meaningful as a playboy's declaration of love to his latest flame. Truth is we fight for reasons of pride and relevance; we fans love fighting because we find joy in something exciting of which many of us would never do ourselves. Fighting is like the guy who says out loud what we're thinking everyday.
With Chael Sonnen he is fighting for exactly that: "Relevance" For prior to his first fight with Anderson Silva he was just another fighter in the UFC, if he loses the rematch, of which he tested the nerves of us all to get, then he'll once again be, just another fighter in the UFC known for losing to Anderson Silva; just as many before him are known for losing to Anderson Silva.
Chael Sonnen doesn't do anything great, he probably doesn't do a whole lot of things good or pretty good, he's a guy who took a chance on how much fans would tolerate his gimmick and how long they would listen. Let's be honest in this honest fight game, he's did nothing inside the cage to warrant a title shot the first time around, he's done virtually nothing to warrant a rematch. He is, by all accounts a graduate from the Antonio Tarver School of Talking Yourself into a Title Shot. His fellow classmates were Ronda Rousey and David Haye. Rousey made the most of her undeserved title shot by winning, Haye did not, Sonnen didn't the first time, and will not this time.
At the end of the day no matter how convinced he is of his own greatness the man who calls himself "An American Gangster" is nothing more than a glorified journeyman mma fighter who with limited skills and a big mouth, managed to score the biggest fight of his career. For the sake of sanity and seriousness I hope he goes away if he loses, he didn't last time, I doubt he will this time. Sonnen knows he has a lot of lose if he's defeated yet again by Anderson Silva. There's no talking himself into a rubber match, and seeing that he barely beat a fringe contender in Michael Bisping, there's no telling where he could go.