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Sonnen Explains How He Psyched Out Silva Before 5 Round Classic

RIO DE JANEIRO - BRAZIL - APRIL 24 - Anderson Silva (L) v Chael Sonnen during the press conference for UFC 148 at Windsor Hotel on april 24, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/LatinContent/Getty Images)

This week eight years ago Anderson Silva defeated Chael Sonnen to retain his UFC middleweight title in one of the most dramatic fights in recent memory.

After dominating throughout the fight the brash Sonnen fell to a late submission nearly four minutes into the fifth and final round as Silva survived to barely keep his title.

In the buildup to the bout which took place at UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland California, Sonnen talked a lot of trash and, on his ESPN podcast, Ariel and The Bad Guy, the 41-year-old explained that he really felt that he had gotten into the champions’ head.

Sonnen told the story of right before he was about to make the walk to the octagon, outlining that he got one final verbal jab in on Silva as he looked to throw him off his game.

“We’re in the back and I’m waiting over here and he’s on the other side, I’m walking out first, he’s second and I point to Ed Soares (Silva’s manager) and I said ‘this is your last chance, do not walk through this curtain tonight and if he does Ed, this is on you’ and I looked to Anderson Silva and he just looked straight down.

“I remember walking to the octagon then thinking ‘man I’ve really gotten to this guy'”

Sonnen has never been one to mince his words, and this anecdote adds another wrinkle to a rivalry with Silva that will go down as one of the most entertaining in the sport’s history.

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