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UFC 109: Yes, Chael Sonnen really is this good

Chael Sonnen punches Nate Marquardt during their mixed

Chael Sonnen punches Nate Marquardt during their mixed martial arts middleweight bout at UFC 109 in Las Vegas. Sonnen won by unanimous decision. (Feb. 6, 2010) Photo Credit: AP Photo

This UFC 109 middleweight fight took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but the blood flowing from Chael Sonnen's forehead in the second round made it look like the fountains outside the Bellagio Hotel.

Oh man, that thing was spouting blood all over the place, worse than when Mickey cut the Stallion in "Rocky." Sonnen got caught a with a vicious upward elbow from Nate Marquardt, who was on his back and in his guard at the time.

Still, Sonnen pounded away on Marquardt.

In the second round. In the third round. In the first round, too.

Sonnen (26-10-1) so thoroughly manhandled Marquardt in the co-main event, he won a unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout, 30-27.

Marquardt (32-9-2) managed to find a few ounces of strength left in the last few minutes of the bout. He sunk in a guillotine choke with less than two minutes left that was so deep, it turned Sonnen's entire head purple. But somehow, Sonnen, found the strength and blood floow. fought it off. Marquardt landed some big blows in the last minute, but it wasn't enough.

"Oh, it was horrible," Sonnen said about that last minute. "I was hanging in there, I was even counting the seconds in my head hoping he would let go [of that guillotine]."

Sonnen, who kicked Yushin Okami's butt at UFC 104,  is now considered the No. 1 contender at middleweight and likely will fight the Anderson Silva-Vitor Belfort winner (UFC 112) later this year for the title. If Sonnen continues his upward climb and brings this type of takedown game to that bout, look out.


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