NOT even the most talented fortune teller could have predicted that Chael Sonnen would submit Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 Sunday.
But that's exactly what happened.
At the post-fight press conference Sonnen said he was lucky to catch Rua so early. He said the submission would have been much more difficult to pull off in the later rounds when the fighters would have been more sweaty.
"It feels good because it's Shogun," Sonnen said. "The guy's a former world champion. He's going to be in the Hall of Fame. He's beaten (Chuck) Liddell. He's beaten Forrest Griffin. He's beaten (Lyoto) Machida.
"He's beaten all these guys. He's beaten guys I've known and looked up to, from the Kevin Randlemans and Mark Colemans of the world. So yeah, it feels good.
"Whether you squeak out a win or you catch a guy in a good, tight lock, it's the biggest win I've had."
Rua has now lost his last two fights inside the cage.
In the UFCs first event to air on FOX Sports 1, Sonnen (28-13-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) pulled off a shock submission victory over Shogun (21-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) in the first round of their main event bout in Boston. Sonnen clamped on a guillotine choke and forced the former UFC light heavyweight champion to tap with just 13 seconds left in Round 1.
FULL RESULTS FROM UFC FIGHT NIGHT 26
Chael Sonnen def. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 4:47
Travis Browne def. Alistair Overeem via KO (head kick, punches) - Round 1, 4:08
Urijah Faber def. Yuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Matt Brown def. Mike Pyle via KO (punches) - Round 1, 0:29
John Howard def. Uriah Hall via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Michael Johnson def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Michael McDonald def. Brad Pickett via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 3:43
Conor McGregor def. Max Holloway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Steven Siler def. Mike Brown via KO (punches) - Round 1, 0:50
Diego Brandao def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Manny Gamburyan def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ovince St. Preux def. Cody Donovan via KO (punches) - Round 1, 2:07
James Vick def. Ramsey Nijem via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 0:58