Historic fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen enters the UFC Hall of Fame

'Spider' and historic North American rival enter Ultimate's 'Hall of Fame' for epic fight at UFC 117

Anderson Silva submits Chael Sonnen in their first fight at UFC 117. Photo: UFC

Anderson Silva complete Chael Sonnen in their first fight at UFC 117. Photo: UFC

On a memorable night for sport, the epic fight between Anderson Silva e Chael Sonnen received well-deserved recognition when he was inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame, during the broadcast of UFC 300 this Saturday (13). The fight, held on August 7, 2010, at UFC 117, was established as one of the biggest comebacks in the organization's history and forever marked the trajectory of both fighters.

At UFC 117, Anderson Silva climbed into the octagon to seek his eighth defense of his middleweight belt (up to 83,9 kg.) and stop the fury of an irritated Dana White, who did not hide his indignation at the pragmatic performance of 'Spider' against Demian Maia months ago. The opponent chosen for the job was the 'loudmouth' Chael Sonnen , who, amidst provocations, guaranteed that he would be able to dethrone the Brazilian legend.

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With the difficult task of 'making human' someone who, since 2006, dominated the middleweight division, Sonnen fulfilled his role. For almost 25 minutes, the North American managed to expose the company's star and came close to shocking the world with his dominant performance.

Even with Chael's almost impeccable performance, Anderson's extraordinary talent spoke louder. Towards the end of the match, the Brazilian found space to fit in a submission and forced the North American to tap out.

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Silva's victory became historic for the company and expanded the São Paulo native's legacy in MMA. About two years later, Sonnen would once again share the octagon with 'Spider', but this time, he would end up defeated by knockout in the second round.

Anderson Silva x Chael Sonnen enters the UFC Hall of Fame

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