Granted, Sonnen’s excuses were often as playful as they were serious, but the colorful competitor never met a defeat he couldn’t dismiss with ease. Sure, Anderson Silva submitted him in the fifth frame of an epic 2010 tilt, but according to Sonnen he never realized tapping out would dismiss his four rounds of dominance prior to the finish. Sonnen even went on to produce a replica championship belt and claim he was the true divisional king. Fortunately, Sonnen also isn’t afraid to occasionally admit when he’s been bested by the better man.
While on the surface it may seem as simple as who scores the most strikes, takedowns, and submission attempts, there are numerous other factors that go into every fight when it comes to determining the individual who eventually exits the ring with a victory in tow. How healthy was each competitor entering the clash? Were there any personal issues affecting performance? Was cheating, poor officiating, or questionable judging involved? The list goes on and on…especially when it comes to a number of UFC veterans who tend to come up with all sorts of reasons for their failures in the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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