In a little over two weeks, Chael Sonnen will get the opportunity to rematch UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
In their first meeting — which took place at UFC 117 in 2010 — Silva rallied from a four and a half round deficit to come back and submit Sonnen, stopping him from his ultimate goal of winning a world title just moments away from the end of the fight. This time around, Sonnen has no intentions of letting Silva pull off the victory; he’s adamant that he’ll have his hand raised at the end of the night, no matter how the fight plays out.
“Make it a boxing match, I’ll find a way to win. Make it a kickboxing match, I’ll find a way to win. I’m not gonna play a dance off with him, but if he wants to make it a combative man’s sport, I’ll do it,” said Sonnen, the middleweight with the mouth. “Make it a jiu-jitsu match, make it a wrestling match, make it an MMA fight — it doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have anything that I as an athlete won’t conquer. I am a competitor. I will find a way to win like I always do.”
Sonnen will get his chance at redemption on July 7, when he and Silva meet in the main event of UFC 148, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.