Sonnen dispatches Shogun, calls out Silva 0
Chael Sonnen. (WENN.COM)
Last Saturday night in Boston, UFC Fight Night helped Fox launch its new all-sports network Fox Sports 1. This is the same network that stole Canadian sportscasters Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole from TSN. Those bastards.
This show was special in that it was a stacked card that many would expect to see on a pay-per-view. There were big names and future stars colliding in the Octagon and it ended up being one of the more entertaining cards of the year. There were many highlights of the night so let me go through them quickly.
If you missed the prelims, you missed the much-hyped Irishman Conor McGregor (14-2), who beat Max Holloway (7-3) for the unanimous win. The UFC loves McGregor and sees him as its next big star, but I have seen this movie before and we will see once he fights upper-tier competition.
Speaking of too much hype, too fast, Uriah Hall (7-4) looked like he would rather give John Howard (21-8) high-fives all night instead of becoming the killer he was supposed to be. Hall lost again, prompting UFC president Dana White to wonder if he has what it takes to be a fighter.
Urijah Faber (29-6) won his third fight in a row by defeating a tough Yuri Alcantara (28-5-1NC) via unanimous decision. A possible future opponent for Faber is another bantamweight in Michael “Mayday” McDonald (16-2), who looked incredible when he beat Brad Pickett via guillotine submission. McDonald vs. Faber needs to happen.
Heavyweight Travis Browne (15-1-1) front-kicked Alistair Overeem (36-13-1NC) back to Florida where he can hopefully find more “horse meat.” Overeem hasn’t been impressive since he stopped using his vials of super-human juice. Maybe he should think about fighting at his “natural” weight class ... like middleweight.
Chael Sonnen (28-13-1) only needed one round to take care of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-8) via a slick guillotine choke. It didn’t take the “Gangster from West Linn” long to call out his possible next opponent: "Right here on the UFC's new home, FOX Sports 1, Wanderlei Silva, six-feet tall and 205 pounds," Sonnen said in his post-fight interview with UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan. "Boy until I met you, I didn't know they could stack crap that high."
Silva has had no problems calling out Sonnen via Twitter. We will see if he actually backs up what he has been typing because also waiting in the wings is Vitor Belfort.