UFC 148: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Chael Sonnen is arguably the greatest trash talker in MMA history. He had a way of getting under fans and opponents skin like no one else. One of the games most despised figures, trash talked and took Anderson Silva to the limit, and was seemingly in the driver seat to win a world title. Dominating the fight until late, Sonnen believed he had was doing everything he needed to do to shock the world, until he caught in a desperation triangle attempt.
Silva pulled off a remarkable comeback against Sonnen to get the win, but Sonnen made sure to let everyone know that he really beat Silva. During his media tour, Sonnen did nothing but put Silva down and hype up his own performance. It was all mind games coming from Sonnen, but let us not forget just how good Silva is at the mental warfare aspect of the game. Silva let his challenger talk during the media tour, but was to give him a reminder during the weigh-in, that he had heard everything Sonnen said.
Though he was the ultimate MMA showman, Sonnen never usually pulled any antics on weigh-in day. Most of his talking is taken care of before the weigh-in. In Silva’s case most of his talking does not take place period. Silva for the most part conducted himself as a humble champion, at least in the build up to fights, but at this face off there was nothing humble about Silva’s actions. Silva had one plan and that was to send Sonnen a message. When the two came together on stage the weigh-in looked vastly different from the first time around. When they first met, Silva refused to even look at Sonnen, intentionally disrespecting his opponent, who time and time again disrespected him. This time around Silva took things a step further. When the two came face to face, Silva got nice and close, and then he hit Sonnen with the chin check heard across MMA. Silva threw a shoulder right into Sonnen’s mouth, almost as if to say he had heard the noise, but was there to shut it up.