It may not have been pretty, but Chael Sonnen earned his rematch with Anderson Silva after all.
Sonnen edged Michael Bisping in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 2 on Saturday night, narrowly taking the judge's decision after a surprisingly even 15-minute affair. Next up for the polarizing middleweight: a title shot against Silva, likely to held in a Brazilian soccer stadium this summer. Full video highlights of Sonnen's triumph can be seen below.
For more, catch the play-by-play by MMA Nation's own Luke Thomas.
ROUND 1 - Sonnen charges out and gets a knee tap right away. Bisping stands and presses Sonnen into the fence. Sonnen is southpaw and stalking. Double leg from Sonnen is stuffed and they separate. Outside trip for Sonnen and he's trying to land points as Bisping tries to stand. Bisping eats a few punches as Bisping stands. Bisping drops down for a takedown and can't get it. Bisping keeps his hips close to Sonnen's as they clinch along the fence. Sonnen again drops for the double and it's stuffed. Right hand lands for Sonnen and he's still stalking, but eats a right from Bisping.
MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Sonnen.
ROUND 2 - Right hand lands form Bisping to open the round. Sonnen clinches and pushes Bisping against the fence, but Bisping turns him around. Referee McCarthy restarts them. Fighters exchanging before Sonnen lands the double. Hard right hand from Bisping, but the Brit stands and fires a hard right hand of his own. Sonnen stuffs a single leg attempt from Bisping and again they're clinched along the fence. Hard elbow from Bisping in the clinch. Fighters throw sloppy punches to close the round.
MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Bisping.
ROUND 3 - Sonnen starts with a big left hand, ducks under a punch and puts Bisping on his back. Sonnen stands up out of the guard, but doesn't land anything significant. Bisping gets to his knees, but Sonnen has double unders standing behind him. Sonnen has both hooks in and moves to mount. Bisping hip escapes and recaptures half guard. Bisping stands with less than a minute to go and is standing against the fence. Bisping gets a takedown of his own just before the round ended.
MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Sonnen and the fight 29-28 Sonnen.
UFC on Fox 2 results: Chael Sonnen defeats Michael Bisping by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)