Silva vs. Sonnen and Five of the Greatest Rivalries in MMA History

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prophecy033
6/29/12 8:40:58PM
There have undoubtedly been some famous and infamous rivalries in mixed martial arts history, but none may top the main event at UFC 148.

Anderson Silva is arguably the greatest mixed martial artist the sport has ever seen, but much like Muhammad Ali had Joe Frazier in boxing, he’s found his most heated rival in Chael Sonnen.

The two middleweights have become synonymous with one another ever since Sonnen first called the champion out when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio in January 2010 and the following two years have been nothing short of epic in terms of rivalries in MMA.

For most of the last two years, Sonnen went unopposed as he routinely bashed, poked and prodded at the UFC’s top middleweight. Even when Sonnen was defeated by Silva in their original fight at UFC 117, the fire wasn’t extinguished.

If anything the flames only burned hotter.


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postman
6/29/12 9:13:02PM
broke link
prophecy033
6/29/12 9:15:17PM

Posted by postman

broke link

All good
prozacnation1978
6/29/12 10:45:45PM
Other 5 has to be

Lidell vs Ortiz
Lidell vs couture
Maynard vs Edgar
Mir vs lesnar
Gsp vs Hughes
Chael_Sonnen
6/29/12 10:59:36PM
It's not a rivalry 'cuz it's one-sided.....a rivalry consists of two, somewhat equal in competition battling it out, tooth and nail.

anDEE's skill-set is amazingly lesser than (P)erfections.

Rivalry? Naaaah

One-sided in favor of yours truly? Hell yaaaah
prophecy033
6/29/12 11:03:51PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

It's not a rivalry 'cuz it's one-sided.....a rivalry consists of two, somewhat equal in competition battling it out, tooth and nail.

anDEE's skill-set is amazingly lesser than (P)erfections.

Rivalry? Naaaah

One-sided in favor of yours truly? Hell yaaaah

Silva 1
Chael 0
Chael_Sonnen
6/29/12 11:05:01PM

Posted by prophecy033


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

It's not a rivalry 'cuz it's one-sided.....a rivalry consists of two, somewhat equal in competition battling it out, tooth and nail.

anDEE's skill-set is amazingly lesser than (P)erfections.

Rivalry? Naaaah

One-sided in favor of yours truly? Hell yaaaah

Silva 1
Chael 0



Again, Chael's name goes first.......
prophecy033
6/29/12 11:10:43PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by prophecy033


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

It's not a rivalry 'cuz it's one-sided.....a rivalry consists of two, somewhat equal in competition battling it out, tooth and nail.

anDEE's skill-set is amazingly lesser than (P)erfections.

Rivalry? Naaaah

One-sided in favor of yours truly? Hell yaaaah

Silva 1
Chael 0



Again, Chael's name goes first.......

jjeans
6/30/12 3:54:28AM

Posted by prozacnation1978

Other 5 has to be

Lidell vs Ortiz
Lidell vs couture
Maynard vs Edgar
Mir vs lesnar
Gsp vs Hughes



Haven't opened the link but Fedor v Dana's up there IMO
Copenhagen
6/30/12 1:39:03PM
Chute Boxe vs BTT or Hammer House?


ghandikush
6/30/12 2:09:47PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by prophecy033


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

It's not a rivalry 'cuz it's one-sided.....a rivalry consists of two, somewhat equal in competition battling it out, tooth and nail.

anDEE's skill-set is amazingly lesser than (P)erfections.

Rivalry? Naaaah

One-sided in favor of yours truly? Hell yaaaah

Silva 1
Chael 0



Again, Chael's name goes first.......



Only when youre touching yourself to his videos before skipping the end where he gets submitted by jeremy horn.
Budgellism
6/30/12 2:38:59PM
Hughes vs. Serra? Naw... Their list isn't very good. How is Sakuraba vs. The Gracies not on there? or The UFC vs. PRIDE even?
ghandikush
6/30/12 3:01:30PM

Posted by Budgellism

Hughes vs. Serra? Naw... Their list isn't very good. How is Sakuraba vs. The Gracies not on there? or The UFC vs. PRIDE even?



+1 and imo jones evans doesnt deserve a top 10 spot, I am just not convinced.
Patchedup15
6/30/12 7:05:44PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by prophecy033


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

It's not a rivalry 'cuz it's one-sided.....a rivalry consists of two, somewhat equal in competition battling it out, tooth and nail.

anDEE's skill-set is amazingly lesser than (P)erfections.

Rivalry? Naaaah

One-sided in favor of yours truly? Hell yaaaah

Silva 1
Chael 0



Again, Chael's name goes first.......



I think Couture said it best.. Silva won the fight, but Chael beat him senseless.. I'd be interested to see how this goes. The special thing about this rivalry is the guy who won had a terrible performance, and typically the loser knows what adjustments to make for the next time. BUT NOW.. Chael doesn't need a new game plan.. just better jits.. Silva is the one who has to get improve his take down defense and or wrestling. Personally a Silva loss makes the MW division much more interesting
jcordes
7/1/12 11:24:18AM
I second BTT vs. Chute Boxe as definitely one of the best rivalries.

Little Nog vs. Shogun
Sperry vs. Ninja
Arona vs. Vanderlei I and II
Arona vs. Shogun
Ninja vs. Arona
Ninja vs. Filho

Unfortunately a lot of decisions in there, but the intensity/staredowns/trash talk were off the charts.

That was crazy when Anderson Silva went over to join up with the Noguieras. Traitor, ha ha!