6 years ago today at about this time Chael Sonnen was on the verge of shocking the world by defeating the GOAT Anderson Silva, but with just a few mins left in the final round, and needing a finish to keep his title, Anderson pulled off arguably the greatest comeback in @ufc history. Still can't believe I was in the building. Probably the greatest live sports moment I've ever witnessed. #HelluvaBirthdayGift #UFC117 #TheTapSeenAroundTheWorld @oraclearena #UFC #Oakland #OracleArena #SilvaSonnen #MMAHistory #MMA
6 years ago today,
Anderson Silva emerged from the valleys of defeat, to submit Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
In his previous bout, Silva put on a lacklustre performance against Demian Maia at UFC 112. Many fans were left disappointed
Dana White was very upset with Silva's bizarre performance at UFC 112: "This is the most embarrassed I've ever been as UFC President". For his next bout, Silva was fighting a man that promised to march forward & make him fight: Chael P. Sonnen
In his 1st 11 fights in the UFC, Silva had been hit a total of 208 times . Silva absorbed 289 strikes at the hands of Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
With less than two minutes left before losing his title to Sonnen, Anderson Silva dug in deep & finished Chael Sonnen
This was a very important fight for Silva's legacy. He showed championship spirit by fighting back from adversity.