Chael Sonnen’s first performance against Anderson Silva means absolutely nothing to Las Vegas oddsmakers

A statistical breakdown of Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva’s first fight would lead you to believe that Chael Sonnen did more damage in 23 minutes with ‘The Spider’ than all fourteen of the previous contenders in the UFC, combined. While it was Alistair Overeem who tested positive for the testosterone to epitestosterone ratio of fourteen men, it was Chael Sonnen who performed as such. Not doubting Ubereem’s manliness, but statistically, Chael Sonnen is the manliest man the UFC has ever seen. He did so while being a 4:1 underdog, which by gambling standards in a parallel universe, would be the equivalent of the betting line Bob Sapp gets against an opponent like Junior Dos Santos. Statistics are confusing. Despite outstriking Anderson standing, taking him down repeatedly, and passing his guard at will, Chael Sonnen is entering the rematch with Anderson Silva as a 2:1 underdog. Some of you don’t give Chael a chance in this fight while others don’t think Anderson has a prayer of stopping the gangster from Oregon’s takedowns. Not even the UFC knows what’s going to happen, so they made this video illustrating the statistics to thoroughly confuse you ahead of this Saturday’s rematch at UFC 148.

Published on July 3, 2012 at 3:15 am
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