Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen faced off again for the UFC middleweight title tonight at UFC 148. It was an excellent, back-and-forth bout that saw Silva keep his title with a second-round TKO victory. You can check out the video highlights for the bout below, and read Brent Brookhouse's play-by-play for the big bout after the jump.
UFC Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen - Round 1 - Silva comes out firing punches and Sonnen just quickly takes him down. Sonnen firing punches to the body and Silva was looking to get his legs up for a traingle for a moment. Anderson using butterflies to try to keep him off balance. Sonnen passes to half guard. Sonnen working some knees to the body and palm strikes to the head. Chael looked like he wanted to lock up an arm and then misses a big punch. Sonnen with a series of hard right hands. Sonnen grinding away with punches and elbows still and now moves to full mount with a little under a minute left. Sonnen just dominated this round. DOMINATED. 10-8 Sonnen
Round 2 - Sonnen pushing Silva to the cage now and throwing some knees to the body while Silva holds on. Sonnen drops down looking for the takedown, it's not there so he comes up. Sonnen with a few punches and Silva tags him a few times. Silva trying to get cocky and Silva with a huge illegal knee after Sonnen slipped to the ground. Chael got up eventually and then Silva dropped him again. That looked like an illegal knee that started it all, replay is needed here. Actually, the replay makes the knee look legal. So...there ya go. Anderson Silva wins by TKO (strikes), round 2.