UFC president Dana White has just announced on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning that 185-pound king Anderson Silva will make his next title defense against Chael Sonnen.
“Chael Sonnen is one of these guys that’s not going to lay back, not gonna do what these other guys [have done],” White told host Jim Rome. “When he’s been in these positions – when these types of fights have happened – it’s been against real good jiu jitsu guys. Guys that want to get the fight to the ground.
“Well, Chael Sonnen is gonna want to take this fight to the ground, but he’s gonna double-leg him and bring him down.”
Sonnen leapfrogged into the top contender spot after dominating Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 in February. Although his lopsided unanimous decision cemented his spot for the next shot at the belt, Sonnen suffered a severe cut on his forehead that forced him on the IR – otherwise it would have been him, and not Demian Maia in Abu Dhabi.