Controversial fighter Chael Sonnen’s return to action has finally been announced and it won’t come against Lyoto Machida in a light heavyweight tilt, but against the “All American,” Brian Stann in his home division at 185lbs.
HeavyMMA broke the news, revealing that the verbal agreements for the bout are in place and that contracts are expected to be issued soon.
Finally freed from a string of suspensions and out-of-the-cage legal dust ups, Chael Sonnen will return to the cage for the first time since August of 2010, when he was defeated by UFC middleweight Anderson Silva in a title fight. The UFC’s most prolific Twitter trash-talker, Sonnen sports an overall record of 25-11-1 and a promotional record of 3-2, with UFC victories over Dan Miller, Yushin Okami, and Nate Marquardt and losses to Demian Maia and Anderson Silva (possibly explaining his beef with Brazil).
Since dropping to middleweight in 2010 following a loss to Phil Davis, the Greg Jackson-trained Brian Stann has gone on a tear. Stann debuted against Mike Massenzio, defeating him via submission before moving on to earn impressive TKOs over Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago. A decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Stann holds an overall record of 11-3, with a UFC record of 5-2.
Sonnen and Stann will meet at UFC 136, which is expected to take place on October 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.