After coming within minutes of pulling off one of the all-time biggest shocks in MMA history Chael Sonnen spoke with UFC.com about his immediate thoughts on his stand-out performance.
“I did everything I said I was going to,” said Sonnen, who had waged a one-man war of words against Silva in the months prior to the bout. “I told the world I was going to come and beat up Anderson Silva, and I did.”
In the end that proved not to be enough though as Silva latched on a submission late in the fifth round. Sonnen had done a good job of avoiding the Brazilian’s submission attempts prior to that, but on reflection it seems that the challenger is willing to accept that fatigue may have enabled the champion to catch him unawares.
“You’ve got to attribute everything to that. I would never apologize for being tired. I would apologize for the opposite. If I go out there and don’t get fatigued then I didn’t do my job. I got ‘x’ amount of energy, I’m going to use every darn bit of it, and that’s what I’m paid to do.”
No one would doubt that Sonnen put everything into the fight, and the stats back it up, with Compustrike revealing that he set a record for the most strikes landed in a single fight in MMA history.
Watch Sonnen’s interview with ufc.com here.
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