Chael Sonnen has gone out of his way to pick a fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva; while he’s definitely succeeded in making The Spider angry, he’s been unable to get him to commit to a fight. More than that, his over the top disrespect for the Brazilian fighter has prompted him to scoff at the idea of a rematch, asserting his belief that Sonnen is undeserving as a contender.
Though Silva and his camp have reacted coolly to the idea of another go-round with Sonnen, it looks like the loudmouthed Oregonian will still be the next man to challenge for Silva’s title. UFC president Dana White recently appeared on The Jim Rome Show and revealed that, though it isn’t yet finalized, Sonnen and Silva is all but a done deal.
“It’s the fight that everybody wants to see,” White said of Silva vs. Sonnen 2. “People want to see Chael vs. Anderson. Anderson is in this position where he feels like this guy is so disrespectful he doesn’t want to give him a shot, but Anderson will end up fighting Chael Sonnen.”
Silva and Sonnen met for the first time in August of 2010 at UFC 117, with Sonnen giving Silva the hardest fight of his championship career. He took it to The Spider for the majority of five rounds using his stifling wrestling, before succumbing to a triangle choke in the waning moments of the fight.
An immediate rematch was postponed indefinitely when Sonnen was suspended for improperly disclosing his usage of testosterone replacement therapy. He was then indicted on federal money laundering charges related to his real estate business and later found himself in hot water over questionably verifiable statements he made in regards to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. When he finally returned to the cage, last month at UFC 136, Sonnen steamrolled a then-surging Brian Stann and dramatically called out Silva to presumably secure his place as the next number one contender.