UFC 148

Silva vs. Sonnen 2 Results: Was Chael Sonnen More Bark Than Bite?

TUALATIN, OR - JUNE 26:  (Editor's Note: This images was converted to black and white.) Chael Sonnen rests after a workout at the Team Quest gym on June 26, 2012 in Tualatin, Oregon.  Sonnen will fight Anderson Silva July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Mark PareCorrespondent IIJuly 8, 2012

No matter how you twist it, Chael Sonnen talked a bunch of trash but couldn't get the win.  Automatically, every single one of his critics surfaced online at once. Although he won't pay too much attention to those people, it wouldn't matter anyway.

The man doesn't offer apologies for the things he said to Silva in the lead up to this fight but was Sonnen really more talk than action?

It's a close comparison because you can't say that Sonnen didn't back up his words to an extent.  When he wasn't being knocked out, he was controlling the fight, keeping the champion grounded.

He out worked Silva and has five career round wins over him.  Silva has a couple half rounds and two finishes under his belt.

Where does the end justify the means here?

Sonnen is one of the best fighters in the world and definitely one of the most entertaining.  Yes, most of what he said to Silva have been fighting words but Sonnen knew what he was doing.

He wanted a fight with Silva and he got it.

He may have gotten a following of fans that will want him and Silva to go at it every month if they were physically capable of it, but he got that opportunity through hard work and wins over Brian Stann at UFC 136 and over Michael Bisping at the UFC on FOX 2 event.

Easily one of the best wrestlers on the roster, Sonnen showed that even in losing, his bite was more deadly than his bark because, although one can bark as loudly as possible, as the old saying goes:

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

Sonnen will always win the verbal battles and overall, his bite (his wrestling ability, fighting style and skill) may not reach the magnitude that his mouth can. But for the top middleweight challenger, he balances it out quite nicely.

Does Sonnen really talk too much trash for you to handle?  What did you think of the rematch?  Was Sonnen really more bark than bite?

What do you think?

 

Mark Pare is a Featured Columnist. You can follow him on Twitter, and don't forget to check out his sportswriter page.

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