Versatile Sonnen Breaks Losing Streak

Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen has long been known for his ground game, but it wasn’t until his victory over Mauricio Rua on Saturday night that he proved how quickly he can finish fights there.

After a back-and-forth first round, Sonnen locked up a guillotine choke late in the opening frame, forcing the former UFC light heavyweight champion to tap out at the 4:47 mark of Round 1.

The light heavyweight bout headlined Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26 event at Boston’s TD Garden. It aired on FOX Sports 1 as part of the new cable channel’s first day on air.

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