UFC President Dana White has made it very clear that he wants to see Anderson Silva defend his UFC middleweight title against Chael Sonnen as much as anybody out there. However, a potential issue could come about if the fight is planned for Nevada and Sonnen gaining his license to fight in the state again.
Sonnen was suspended last year after positive tests for high testosterone levels, and didn’t make any friends with the Nevada commission during his appeals to the California athletic commission.
“Floyd Mayweather fights in Nevada. This guy’s been arrested. He’s got 50 lawyers defending him right now and all that crazy stuff and he’s fighting in Nevada,” said White, in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. “Don’t even get me going on that one. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t license Chael. It shouldn’t even cross my mind. The guy did everything that he was told to do. When guys like Floyd are getting licensed in Nevada, why should I have to worry about Chael?”
Sonnen is coming off of a big win in his Octogan return, as he defeated Brian Stann in the second round with an arm-triangle submission at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III this past Saturday.
Silva, who stopped Sonnen in their meeting with a submission in the fifth round, is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury he suffered before his fight with Yushin Okami.