(Video courtesy of MMAWeekly.com partner MMAHeat)
The MMA world was turned on its head on Wednesday when it came to light that Wanderlei Silva would not be fighting Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5 after all. The move came after months of build-up, but never surprised Sonnen, who has said all along that Silva would find a way to get out of the bout.
After failing to apply for a license to fight in Nevada, Silva is out, and the UFC’s No. 1 middleweight contender, Vitor Belfort, is in. Belfort has submitted his application for a license and passed his required medicals, but still faces the final hurdle of going before the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a comprehensive review because he has passed the age of 35.
Sonnen, however, believes that Belfort will get cleared and the two will meet in the Octagon on July 5. How do we know that? Because Karyn Bryant from MMAWeekly.com video partner MMAHeat caught up with Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian for an exclusive chat on the set of UFC Tonight to talk about the situation, where Sonnen said as much, and added that it is widely believed that this was just a matter of Silva’s past catching up with him.