The most anticipated UFC middleweight championship fight in division history is on. UFC president Dana White confirmed that Anderson Silva has agreed to fight Chael Sonnen. This contradicts recent statements from Silva and his camp saying that they would not fight Sonnen.
The news came late this week after a reported meeting between Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva, and the UFC. Sonnen sent a tweet out on Tuesday in typical Sonen fashion letting fans know that there was a meeting scheduled this week between all parties.
“The bug got to Anaheim today, I get in tomorrow. We are having a meeting, and I AIN’T BRINGING FLOWERS….”
“It’s the fight that everybody wants to see. People want to see Chael vs. Anderson,” White said. “Anderson is in this position where he feels like the guy is so disrespectful he doesn’t want to give him a shot.”
“But Anderson will end up fighting Chael. The answer is yes.”
Silva is currently recovering from shoulder surgery and hasn’t trained in weeks. Due to his recovery, I wouldn’t expect the fight to take place before the end of February if not March. I am just guessing but it would appear from everything I have read The Spider say that he isn’t in any rush to give the challenger his rematch.
I get it but this stinks on a lot of levels. Quite frankly a man who cheated in their first match, never officially got re-licensed in California, and oh yes was found guilty as part of a mortgage fraud case is being rewarded for his shenanigans with an immediate championship fight. Sure he had to beat Brian Stann, but does that automatically make him the number one contender?
I totally get it and the UFC is just as much a business as anything else. But let’s face it, Mark Munoz should be getting the title shot here. If not Munoz, how about Vitor Belfort? Isn’t Dan Henderson owed a shot at some point after the song and dance the UFC did with him a few years back? My point being is that I don’t understand what qualifies Chael to jump to the front of the line after one win in the division?
The answer is easy, it is money. The UFC has a goldmine on their hands here with this rematch. I completely understand that. But in the end you are killing your credibility as a “sport” and the UFC is screwing guys that rightfully have earned the title shot over Sonnen. The only difference is that they kept their mouths shut and did the right things while Sonnen did it all wrong.
The UFC avoided a huge public relations nightmare the last time with Sonnen. What if Sonnen won? A week or two later it comes out that he tested positive for PEDs and now you have a situation where the legacy of Anderson Silva has been tarnished by a tainted loss. Even worse, they would have had a situation where their champion was not only suspended but was also dragged into court as part of a mortgage scheme (something he has surprisingly got an easy pass for by the fans and media). The UFC could have had a situation where Silva was tainted and their champion was in the news for being a felon. Sonnen put the UFC at great risk with his actions, and yet the UFC is willing to take this chance again?
I just hope this ends with Chael Sonnen leaving the UFC. Then again, I can’t imagine that a habitual liar like Sonnen would live up to anything he says or promises.
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