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Chael vs. Wand Likely to Support Weidman vs. Belfort in May, but Punishment Due for TUF Fight

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Chael Sonnen vs Wand Faceoff TUF 3 SetThe date for Chris Weidman’s middleweight title defense against Vitor Belfort has yet to be set, but it’s sounding more and more likely that it will happen in May.

Weidman has said he prefers the Memorial Weekend fight card to the Fourth of July Weekend, as he’d like to have a bit of a “normal summer” with his family.

UFC president Dana White, during a media gathering in New York on Thursday, said that a date still hasn’t been set, but they appear to be leaning towards UFC 173 on May 24 for the fight.

He also added that the as-yet unscheduled bout between The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 coaches, Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva, is likely to grace the same fight card as Weidman vs. Belfort.

There had been some controversy swirling around Sonnen and Silva earlier this week due to a fight that reportedly broke out between the two coaches during filming, something that, while anticipated by many, wasn’t supposed to happen until they reached the Octagon.

“Wanderlei and Chael fought. Just today. They literally fought,” White said during a media luncheon with MMAWeekly.com on Monday after hesitating about whether or not he should reveal the reality series incident.

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.”

In addition to saying that Sonnen vs. Silva is likely to grace the Weidman vs. Belfort undercard, he added that there was some punishment doled out related to the fight that broke out during filming. He would not, however, reveal what that punishment was, saying that we’d all have to “tune in to TUF” to find out.

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  • Piotr

    PUBLICITY STUNT.

  • Kevin

    undercard? That fight belongs on the main card.

    • Jan Bert Nuyten

      Sure they mean under the main event and on the main card!

    • taylor2008

      Probably a co-main event.

      • Ian Price

        I’d be surprised if it weren’t

  • Sir_Roy

    The bloke that sucker punched Chael should be thrown out. Publicity stunt or no. Pretty sure the team fighters weren’t in on it either way.
    You don’t punch coaches, senseis, teachers … I don’t care what your reasoning. HUGE lack of respect. Punk deserves to be thrown back on the streets of Brazil to learn a little humility.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSubmissionChannel/videos The Submission Channel

      American Gangster needs no protection from the company. AG — I am certain — beat the sh** out of that guy right after he false-cracked him.

      • Ian Price

        I agree. Not many people can pick on Chael. He can beat up 95% of MW and LHWs out there.

    • Robby Clark

      That stuffs annoying, let them scrap if anything. It shouldn’t happen at all, but who are you to take a pro fighters braincells (something they desperately need to hold onto as much as possible) when he’s fighting another pro fighter. Just ridiculous and a gang like mentality.

      • Ian Price

        The old days of honor and fairness appear to be gone

  • Rodbert

    If this guy isn’t thrown off the show they’re going to blur the lines of what is acceptable and isn’t on these shows. It would be down right foolish if they don’t.

    • taylor2008

      I agree. If he stays this sets a bad example to the next group that if you fight nothing will happen to you. I can see Sonnen and Silva getting into a tussle….but a sucker punch thrown by a team mate of Silva?? That guys needs to go.

  • Envel

    This is just a way to boost TUF ratings, Dana pulling out all the stops no matter how tacky and distasteful it is to the sport of mma.