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Chael Sonnen explains why he's boxing Anderson Silva

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Chael Sonnen explains why he's boxing Anderson Silva



Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen fought twice inside the octagon.  The boxing ring will be the venue for their trilogy match.  

They first fought in UFC 117, which took place in August 2010.  Silva was making his eighth title defense, and Sonnen controlled Silva for the first 22 minutes.  After being taken down, Silva locked onto a triangle choke and finished Sonnen.  

Two years later, at UFC 148 2012, the two re-met.  Silva defeated Sonnen in the second-round.  Silva won both fights but their rivalry is one of the most intense in promotion history.  

Many questioned, after the trilogy boxing bout was signed, why Sonnen would agree box the prolific striker.  Sonnen answered the question on his YouTube channel.

“I would imagine that Anderson has his own personal reasons to dislike me and I’m sure they’re not the same.”  Sonnen stated that he had thought about Anderson every day for the past 12 years.  “I don’t think he has any thoughts about time,” Sonnen said.  My experience with Anderson was the most important part of my career.  It doesn’t matter to you if it is important or not. For me, it was my life, it meant something and without him, it didn’t work.”

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