Sorry, Mark Munoz, your friend has bigger and badder fights to attend to.
UFC President Dana White revealed in an interview with Jim Rome that Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will defend his title against Chael Sonnen (via ESPN):
“It’s the fight that everybody wants to see. People want to see Chael vs. Anderson. Anderson is in this position where he feels like the guy is so disrespectful he doesn’t want to give him a shot. But Anderson will end up fighting Chael. The answer is yes.”
It’s fitting that White announced the rematch while speaking with Rome, the popular radio host and sports personality. He did the very same thing for the first bout last year.
No date, time or place has been specified for the match-up, which is likely due to the fact that Silva is still recovering from a shoulder injury. But the bout is going to happen and it’s going to be huge.
The first meeting between these two took place at UFC 117 on Aug. 7 in Oakland, California. Sonnen earned that title shot thanks to a short winning streak and a few well timed barbs.
Different year, same playbook.
After defeating Brian Stann at UFC 136: “Edgar vs. Maynard 3” this past Oct. 8, Sonnen took the microphone in the post-fight interview and made himself a star, once again.
“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck! Super Bowl weekend will be the biggest rematch in the history of this business. I’m calling you out, but we’re upping the stakes: I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC … forever.”
Sonnen has since rescinded his offer but he’s got the rematch he’s been calling for. Now it’s time to put up or shut up.
Anyone think he’s going to finish the job he came so close to doing the first time around?