Despite Chael Sonnen’s repeatedly stated belief to the contrary, UFC president Dana White assured media gathered at tonight’s UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit post-fight press conference that the fight has been agreed to verbally by both men.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was in Las Vegas tonight for the festivities, prompting media at the presser to question the status of the Silva-Sonnen rematch.
“It’s on,” he said.
Pressed further, White admitted that the bout hasn’t yet been signed by either fighter, but has been verbally agreed to by both.
“It’s not signed, but it’s verbally agreed to.”
White confirmed that the fight will take place in Brazil, likely in June, though he couldn’t commit to a venue or exact date. It is rumored that the rematch will take place in Sao Paulo.
Silva and Sonnen first met at UFC 117 in August of 2010; after almost five full rounds of dominance from Sonnen, Silva took the fight with a hail Mary triangle choke. Sonnen was suspended following the fight for improperly disclosing his usage of testosterone replacement therapy.