Sonnen: Takedowns key to Weidman winning


Chael Sonnen was one round away from beating Anderson Silva in their first match, and he won the first four rounds using takedowns, which he believes is the key to Chris Weidman having success in his rematch with Anderson Silva:

UFC Tonight Host Chael Sonnen on Silva vs. Weidman: “Anderson Silva is the favorite in this fight. You could say in the last one he got caught. What people miss, he was getting dominated before the knockout in the last one. Anderson has a big gap to close.”

UFC TONIGHT Host Kenny Florian on Anderson Silva’s keys to victory at UFC 168: “Anderson needs to go back to what he knows. He’s got to be on his wrestling game and to keep the range. Leg kicks from the outside will help him keep the range. If he does get taken down, he’s got to work from the bottom, or get back to his feet. And he can’t be cocky.”

Sonnen on Weidman’s keys to victories: “It’s the takedowns. He was a college all-American in wrestling. He’s got to move forward, he can’t back up. He’s got to land the takedown, and have ground control. He’s got to look for a submission, but watch out for Silva’s submission attempts.”

Sonnen on Silva’s clowning: “That’s how he sets you up. He’s like the Medusa; he freezes you and gets you to turn to stone, then knocks you out. He did that to stop the take downs in the first fight.”


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UGCTT_Nightkap site profile image  

12/19/13 9:39 PM by UGCTT_Nightkap

And lol on your math...

UGCTT_Nightkap site profile image  

12/19/13 9:38 PM by UGCTT_Nightkap

Hmmm...and still managed to lose...twice.

REDRUM_NYC site profile image  

12/19/13 9:07 PM by REDRUM_NYC

Sonnen knows da deal... He's won 6 rounds to 1 vs Ando 

jbodinet site profile image  

12/19/13 2:07 PM by jbodinet


Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

12/19/13 12:46 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

Gassing is only a factor if you don't knock out the other guy to win the title.I mean, throw the first one out, it is not a good indicator for the next fight.

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12/19/13 11:51 AM by UGCTT_CreepysStacheWax

Ya did u not watch the fight? He did fake it.

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12/19/13 11:30 AM by dangerboy12

Not only that, but we've seen it plenty in MMA and boxing: Once a guy, no matter how good his chin was before, gets brutally knocked out like that, he usually gets brutally knocked out again.As great as Silva's chin was, I think Weidman cracked it. I see Chris getting the early takedown, landing some GNP, boucing Silva's head off the mat a few times until he is out. Once you get KO'd like that, you're never the same.

DatSpider site profile image  

12/19/13 11:22 AM by DatSpider

How is that a ridiculous statement? Weidman did fade in the second. Much slower. Silva managed to stuff his take downs in that round before the KO.Weidman is also a big dude.

notsobigmike site profile image  

12/19/13 11:08 AM by notsobigmike

I'm actually a big believer in the whole mystique aspect that some fighters get. When you're so dominant for so long, you develop this "aura" of invincibility - you can see that opponents are already mentally defeated.Look at a prime Chuck. During his reign, he knocked out every dude he fought. Every one. It was just common knowledge that if you stand with Chuck, you're gonna get dropped. You can see the desperation with which fighters are trying to close distance and take him down because they don't want to stand with him. This, in turn, gives Chuck and even greater advantage on the feet because they're not even really trying to fight him there.Same with GSP. People bitch about boring fights, but his opponents are typically just as much at fault. You can see fights like Koscheck or Shields where they are clearly in there trying to simply survive - to not get dominated like everyone else.Once that aura is gone, it's hard to get back. Guys like Chuck and Fedor - once they lost, it was downhill. Fighters didn't fear them like they did before. That makes a big impact on the mental game.

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12/19/13 8:55 AM by TommyRSU

You honestly think they werent both gassed? Haha I am not a fan of either one, but when they both stood up out of that heel hook, they were both tired. Chris made it happen and kept going, good for him.