UFC 148 Results Recap: Anderson Silva Vs. Chael Sonnen

Anderson Silva ground and pounds Chael Sonnen during UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

In the main event at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II, UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva successfully defended his title, defeating Chael Sonnen for the second time. Silva stopped Sonnen with strikes at 1:55 in the second round. Silva is now 32-4 in his career, 15-0 in the UFC, and has made a remarkable 10 defenses of his belt. Sonnen is now 27-12-1.

This fight was a classic example of each fighter's strengths. In round 1, Sonnen used his strong wrestling and ground control to essentially repeat the first four rounds of their first fight, keeping Silva down and in trouble. In round 2, Silva showed his incredible striking, slipping Sonnen's shots before hurting him badly with a knee to the chest. The fight is not without controversy though, as Sonnen's supporters are throwing a lot of accusations at Silva, including kneeing the head of a downed opponent, holding the tights, holding the cage, and greasing.

What was the high spot of this fight?

That depends on who you were cheering for. Chael fan? Then all of round 1 is for you. Silva fan? Then ditto for round 2.

Where do these guys go from here?

Good question - where does Anderson Silva go from here? There are some options for Middleweight contenders, including the Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman winner, the Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch winner, and Michael Bisping. But perhaps the most interesting is former Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who challenged Silva over twitter last night. We may need to wait to see how this all shakes out.

For Sonnen, it's also a good question. Now that he has lost to Silva twice, he seems a bit rudderless. He's probably best used in other high profile fights, even if they are not relevant to the top of the division. Either Vitor Belfort or Wanderlei Silva would be fine and keep Chael's anti-Brazilian shtick alive.

Watch it now, later or never?

Now. The greatest mixed martial artist of all time facing adversity and doing his thing. Or, if you prefer, the best character in the business getting screwed. Either way, you need to see it.

More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 148 in the full entry.

UFC 148 Results: Rashad Evans Asks To Fight Anderson Silva - Tim Burke

UFC 148 Results: Chael Sonnen Reveals Himself Again In Defeat Against Anderson Silva - David Castillo

UFC 148 Results: What's Next For The Main Card Fighters - Tim Burke

UFC 148 Video: Post-Fight Interviews With Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin, Cung Le, More - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results And Video: Dana White Furious With Forrest Griffin - Josh Nason

UFC 148 Results: Sunday Perspective - T.P. Grant

UFC 148 Results: The Legal Gray Area Of Anderson Silva's Knee On Chael Sonnen - KJ Gould

UFC 148 Results: Second Place Sonnen Found A Way To Lose - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results And Payouts: $6.5 Million Gate Sets New Record, Tito Ortiz Tops In Fighter Pay - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results: Winners And Losers - Tim Burke

UFC 148: Silva Vs. Sonnen II Results And Post Fight Analysis - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 148 Video: Forrest Griffin Explains Behavior Dana White Calls 'Professional Suicide' - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148: Anderson Silva Vs. Chael Sonnen Video Highlights - Tim Burke

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 183: UFC 148 Results Review - Matt Bishop

UFC 148 Post-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 148: Silva Vs. Sonnen II - Live Results And Play-By-Play For Pay-Per-View - Brent Brookhouse

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