ANDERSON “Spider”Silva overcame adversity to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight crown after a submission victory over challenger Chael Sonnen in UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Silva, the pound-for-pound king of the UFC, was outclassed by Sonnen most of the fight, with the former wrestler taking down Silva and pummeling him.

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However, in the final round as Sonnen unleashed his devastating ground skills, Silva sneaked in a triangle choke that forced Sonnen to tap out with still 3:10 left to play.

Silva is now on a 12-fight winning streak, the most in UFC history, and successfully defended his title for the seventh time. He improved to 27-4, while Sonnen fell to 26-11-1.