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Meltzer: Sonnen Vs Wanderlei In The Works For Aug 17 Show


Dave Meltzer is reporting that the rumored showdown between former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen and MMA legend Wanderlei Silva could occur on August 17th, perhaps coinciding with the launch of FOX’s new channel offering “Fox Sports 1”.

Fan interest in the match-up has ballooned since Sonnen’s appearance on Tuesday’s UFC Tonight, where he issued a public challenge to “The Axe Murderer”. But the heat between the two has actually been smoldering for a while now, dating back to this video where Wanderlei gave Sonnen a not-so-friendly warning over his comments about Silva’s native Brazil.

Meltzer also noted that the pairing is well suited for a TV audience, based on Sonnen’s entertaining promotional style and Wanderlei’s terrific fight with Brian Stann on the last “UFC on Fuel TV” event.