Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva Upgraded to Main Event, Moves to UFC Event in Brazil

February 13, 2014
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Chael Sonnen vs Wand Faceoff TUF 3 SetThere has been a slight modification to the fight between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva.

No, Sonnen has not been tapped to replace Rashad Evans at next week’s UFC 170 in Las Vegas, Evans’ fight with Daniel Cormier was scrapped on Wednesday. Try as he might, Sonnen couldn’t convince UFC president Dana White to make that move.

Instead, the Sonnen vs. Silva fight has been moved from its original co-main event slot at UFC 173 to a headlining position on a UFC Fight Night card on May 31 somewhere in Brazil.

A venue and city have yet to be announced, but the date is set.

The two The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 coaches will meet in a light heavyweight bout, as long as they can refrain from any further altercations before May 31.

Sonnen and Silva have had a longstanding rivalry that spilled over into a physical altercation during the filming of TUF Brazil 3, which is just about to finish shooting.

“Wanderlei and Chael fought. Just today. They literally fought,” White said during a media luncheon with MMAWeekly.com a couple weeks ago.

He didn’t provide much detail, but said there was a physical confrontation between the two and that at least one other person from Silva’s team was involved.

“While they were fighting, one of Wanderlei’s guys sucker punched Chael,” White continued.  “It went on for awhile.”

He later said that there was punishment doled out for the incident, but that we’d have to wait for the show to air on UFC Fight Pass to find out what the punishment was, since it was integrated into the reality show.

UFC 173 features middleweight champion Chris Weidman putting his belt on the line against Vitor Belfort in the night’s main event on May 24 in Las Vegas.

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  • MMA WIZ

    BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! that card was looking so good Weidman v Vitor and Chael v Wandy ?!?!?!?! why Dana ?

    • Ace

      $$$$$ that’s why … greedy bastards.

  • Jim b

    the ufc’s continuing quest to water down cards while charging us the same or more.

  • Antonio Bailey

    Greed that’s why. Sonnen ,Silva can be a main event in brazil, because of the drama between the two. Buts its a co main in vegas. Its only one match announced for ufc 173. That’s terrible. Dana White messed up what could of been a stacked card by being money hungry.
    Wandy and Sonnen are both washed up if you ask me.

    Attended UFC 167 & UFC 168. Debating about attending 173 now that I heard this news.

    • jeremy

      I agreebwith everything you said except Sonnen being washed up, he beat shogun then lost to evens. Thats not washed up.. butbwhat a gay move by the UFC. Just dumb, they should have left it as it was. I wont get the fight if its the only one on the card thatsbworth a shit.

  • BS

    BS

  • carsti07 .

    valentines day = complaining day :)

  • Ron Wheeler

    UFC need fewer better cards. Luckily I’m in the UK so get UFC fights next day as part of the package. I wouldn’t pay PPV for constantly watered down cards like this.