Quijano: Chael Sonnen’s vengeance-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
CHAEL Sonnen is a beast. He reeks and radiates toughness and that gristly exterior was on full display at UFC Fight Night 26 against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last Sunday.
The celebrated Brazilian fighter was favored by most to defeat Sonnen, even if he was coming off a decision loss to Alexander Gustafsson. After all, Sonnen himself was coming off back to back losses against Jon “Bones’ Jones and Anderson Silva.
THE FIGHT. Tough luck for Rua though. Known for his Jiu-Jitsu prowess and striking abilities, Rua looked lost out there against the indefatigable Sonnen.
Like a meek lamb led to slaughter, Sonnen practically had his way with “Shogun.”
Right from the get-go, Sonnen scored his first takedown in the first 5 seconds which
was a portent of things to unfold.
He pummeled Rua with strikes, mounted him, scored even while he was on guard and took him down again when both fighters stood up.
The coup de gras came naturally. After roughing up Rua for most of the round, when the opportunity for a front guillotine choke presented itself, Sonnen took it and cranked it so hard, Rua cried uncle.
THE AMERICAN GANGSTER. What makes Sonnen so dangerous is his unbending resolve to defeat an opponent. We have seen him pulverize tough, robust opponents like Brian Stann and Demian Maia like they didn’t even belong in the cage with thim.
His wrestling skills complement his rough demeanor very well as he relishes the tough grind and beats an opponent into surrender.
Putting things into perspective, Sonnen is clearly near the top of the food chain. He was winning both fights against Anderson Silva but the “Spider’s” visceral fight instincts bailed him out of defeat.
His loss to Jon Jones might also be taken into stride, considering that Jones is currently the best in the business.
If anything, that only makes Sonnen’s stock rise, considering that he’s been jumping weight classes and fighting the best the sport can offer.
NOT AGAIN. Some controversy arose again in the scoring department in Darren Barker’s split decision win over Daniel Geale for the IBF middleweight title.
Barker won the early rounds, but Geale scored a knockdown in the 6th round. Geale of Australia seemed to grab some of the momentum but Barker boxed beautifully in the 10th and 11th rounds.
It seemed like Geale was behind on the scorecards entering the 12th round and needed to land a Hail Mary shot to salvage the victory.
Not so. Apparently, one judge had Barker way ahead while another had it for Geale.
Judge Carlos Ortiz had it dead-even at 104-104 meaning whoever won the 12th round on Ortiz’ card would edge the fight.
By most accounts Geale dominated that round but surprise surprise- he gave it to Barker.
Poetic justice to some because Barker deserved to win it anyway, but nonetheless, some people are still scratching their heads on how Ortiz could have given the 12th to Barker.
VERBATIM. “I was surprised. In my opinion, Mauricio played the wrong game. He should have moved more to avoid the takedowns. Fighting on half guard against a wrestler isn’t a good strategy.--“Ninja” Rua, on his brother’s loss to Sonnen (MMAfighting.com)
LAST ROUNDS. Are on Ethan and Ellie Siu and Dr. Gerry Ypil who are our celebrants for this week. Cheers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 21, 2013.