The Brazilian native defeated Sonnen with a Triangle Choke submission on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117. Since then Silva has defeated Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami with knockouts. He has won 15 straight matches since his loss to Okami by disqualification in January 2006. Silva was disqualified for kicking Okami in the face from the guard position. Okami’s knees were on the ground when he was kicked which made the attack an illegal strike to the head.
“What I’m going to do inside the Octagon is something that’s going to change the image of the sport,” Silva said through an interpreter. “I’m going to make sure every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broken, his legs are broken. He’s not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself. I can guarantee that.”
Silva’s astounding 31-4 record makes him one of the top MMA fighters in the world. His nine UFC title defenses is a world record, which includes the win over Sonnen.
The reason why Silva is making this fight personal is because how Sonnen disrespected him before their August 7, 2010 match. Sonnen disrespected Silva’s home country of Brazil as well as talked bad about his wife and training partners. There is no question the typically reserved Silva is going to make a bloody mess of Sonnen.
“I’ve promoted every Anderson Silva fight since he’s been in the UFC and I’ve never heard him talk even remotely close to this,” UFC president Dana White said.
Sonnen declined to respond to Silva’s comments but did admit the magnitude of this fight is something the sport has never seen.
“There is no fight in combat history that’s got as much weight and as much emotion, not just from the fans and media but from the athletes participating, as this one,” Sonnen said. “So, the stakes are completely different.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Silva has won the UFC Middleweight Championship once, Unified UFC Middleweight and Pride FC Welterweight Championship, most consecutive and successful title defenses (nine), longest UFC title reign and was the MMA Live Fight of the Year for 2010 when he defeated Sonnen.
The rematch on July 7 will be held in Las Vegas and is expected to be one of the highest pay-per-views buys of all-time.