If you would have said a few years ago that Chael Sonnen, a guy with laughable submission defense, would be submitting one of the best Light Heavyweights of all time in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, well, people would have laughed at you. Because, honestly, Chael Sonnen had some really bad submission defense for quite a while now. But, he went into this fight with Shogun knowing that Shogun’s knees were shot and went for an immediate takedown. During that first round it was all Chael, with Sonnen feeling out Rua and actually feeling comfortable pulling guard against him and going for a guillotine.
The crazy part? He got the submission win. GIF from @ZProphetMMA.