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Anderson 'Spider' Silva nearly squashed

Updated: August 9, 2010, 8:40 AM ET
By Jake Rossen

Someday, in his advanced age, Chael Sonnen will be pursuing a career in politics, real estate or possibly as a carnival barker. To entertain associates, he'll tell the story of how he once beat Anderson Silva, pound-for-pound the greatest fighter ever. Basically.

If Sonnen had kept his composure for just two more minutes Saturday, he would have been able to forget about the qualifiers and show off a belt. Instead, he fell victim to his regular vice: blissful misunderstanding of submission ...

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