If Wanderlei Silva is Healthy, Dana White Would Make Sonnen vs. Silva UFC 167 Co-Main Event

August 22, 2013
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Wanderlei Silva - Pride FCChael Sonnen on Wednesday night continued his quest to get a fight with former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva.

UFC president Dana White was an in-studio guest on Wednesday night’s edition of Fox Sports Live, and Sonnen had a recorded message awaiting his boss.

“Dana, it is no secret that I am the biggest draw and the highest paid athlete in the UFC. The only person that comes close to rivaling me is Georges St-Pierre, and as I see it, in November, when he takes on Johny Hendricks, live and in Las Vegas – tickets on sale now – he does not have a co-main event,” Sonnen spouted.

“I ask that you put me and Wanderlei Silva on that card.”

White would like to put on that fight, and agrees that it would be a easily play co-main event to Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks, which headlines the UFC 167 fight card on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas. The event will serve as the promotion’s 20th Anniversary celebration.

“We’d do that fight, but I the question is I think that Wanderlei Silva is out until the beginning of the year,” said White. “So I’m not sure if he’s healthy, but if he’s healthy, I will definitely make that fight and I will definitely make it the co-main event.”

He may, however, want to give Silva a call.

Although he had been having some problems with his sciatic nerve, Silva recently told MMAJunkie.com, “I don’t have that problem anymore and I’m ready to get back.” He hoped to be able to fight by the end of the year.

UFC 167 on Nov. 16 would fit that bill nicely.

Sonnen, however, wasn’t done with the plea for the fight. There was also the matter of a possible wager on his fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last week in Boston.

“(Wanderlei) said last week publicly that he would bet $100,000 on Shogun against me. I came out publicly and accepted that bet. He has yet to pay up,” said Sonnen.

“I am asking that $50,000 go to the Hire Heroes Foundation headed up by Brian Stann and the other $50,000 go to bombing victims of Boston. I don’t know if he’s a welcher. I believe he will pay up.

“But either way, I ask you, Dana White, my plea to you, please put this fight together.”

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  • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

    You know this fight would sell! But damn, Chael Sonnen fighting again in two months. This guy is a boss.

    • ZeeGerman

      3 months.

      • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

        Still, that’s not a lot of time. Wanderlei is still doing pretty good.

        • Ian Price

          It’s not like he got his ass kicked vs shogun

  • ZeeGerman

    ^3 months.

  • Judoko

    3 months isn’t a lot of time? He left the Rua fight unscathed. You’re an idiot. Maybe they need 6 months between fights, huh? Not long ago, fighters would fight a couple of times a night. Thanks for contributing to today’s pussy ass culture Eugenia.

    • shakejunt

      you’re probably the same person that complains about training injuries

  • Phael Sonnen

    Wow how many times a day does Chael take care of Dana’s “needs”?… I thought Ronda was the only one.

    • shakejunt

      ohhhhhhh so creative

      • Phael Sonnen

        Truth hurts…

        • shakejunt

          nah, you’re just tryin too hard

  • Sam

    Who wants to see sonnen dry humping silva

    • Phael Sonnen

      Apparently he has an amazing submission game as well! ie. Joe Rogan

    • shakejunt

      you’re a shogun fan i presume

  • james j

    Chael is the best

  • David

    Wanderlei Silva will destroy Charl Sonnen!!

    • David

      True story!!!

      • Sarcasticball

        We’ll see, but I doubt it!

    • Baller31

      Not even a difficult fight for chael

      • David

        If that fight happens you’ll see Wanderlei is a really good bjj black belt. Better than Anderson.

        • shakejunt

          i wouldn’t be too worried about sonnen getting submitted by a guy with zero submission wins

          • David

            He has 1 sub victory and everyone knows he chooses to keep the fight on his feet. If you don’t know what your talking about then don’t talk!

          • shakejunt

            oh sorry i forgot about some nobody 13 years ago. and i see you edited your post because you initially said 3 wins by sub… who doesn’t know what they’re talking about now?

          • David

            Hey at least I edited my post. And unlike you I’m a real fan of mma not just some loser who criticizes fighters.

          • shakejunt

            listen dummy, i didn’t criticize wand. merely responded to your assertion that he’s a high level black belt with the observation that he doesn’t ever win by sub. come to think of it, he rarely even goes for one. don’t be all bitter because i refuted your point.

          • shakejunt

            you probably thought shogun was gonna sub him too because of his 1 leglock win half a decade ago

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    I love Wanderlei but I can’t remember the last time he faced a high level wrestler like Chael. It took about 3 seconds for Sonnen to take down Rua. I don’t see Silva stopping that. I’m sure one way or another most people are looking forward to this fight still.

    • Sarcasticball

      Agreed, and I do not think Wanderlei will do better than Shogun on the ground even if Wanderlei has a black belt in jujitsu, he is not really know for his ground game.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        I would just hope he can land a quick flurry while getting takendown. I don’t want to disrespect Wandy and count him out, but he’s taken so much damage in this sport and has been around such a long time.

        • Lucas Freire

          Exactly.
          Shogun is 31 I think, but is already so messed up that Hendo looked like the younger fighter in their bout.

      • Truth

        Shogun’s a black belt too and I’d say he has better BJJ than Wanderlei does.

    • Lucas Freire

      True dat.
      UFC always protected Wand, he’s not a title shot material anymore, but is a big name that attracts lots of people.
      Just look at it: 5 years on the UFC, the “Most wrestler” guy he faced was Rich Franklin. In a division that has lots of grapplers.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        What would you think of Sonnen vs Franklin?

        • Lucas Freire

          Never gonna happen IMO.
          Franklin isn’t a marketable name anymore, he’s almost retired, lost to Cung Le, isn’t even on top10 of any division…
          But if you talk about the bout itself, I think Franklin’s style worked 7 years ago, but doesn’t work anymore. His win against Wand only serves to show how Wand is also lost in time. There’s no more space for “flurry of punches and press forward” or “sloppy boxing” anymore, everybody is at such a high level that these guys lost their special thing.
          Chael would take him down in a split second and then it’s over.

          • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

            Maybe he should take some time off and wait to see how things work out in borth MW and LHW divisions to see who he can match up with next.

  • Sarcasticball

    Not the fight that I first wanna see, but at least It can be entertaining. I would have prefer to see Sonnen against Belfort, but apparently both fighters already have a fight on their side.

  • bajafox

    This is dumb. He just made a huge statement at 205 and now he wants a washed up Wandy?

    He should be fighting a top contender from either 185 or 205, with that first round submission over Rua he’s one top 5 win from having good reason to ask for a title shot. Granted he may not win and be the Florian of 185/205 but it doesn’t mean he didn’t earn it this time

    • shakejunt

      climbing 205 ladder is pointless, he’s not getting a rematch with jones. he said before the shogun fight that he was moving back down regardless.

      • bajafox

        Yea I know, I agree with you 100%. My point was that people whined that he didn’t “earn” the last few title fights, this time he’s actually making a statement and actually “earn” one. He’s 36 and probably wants this fight just to make money, obviously asking to put it on the same night as GSP that is his intention and I can’t blame him. But I’d like to see him fight another contender, he handled Rua way too easily

        • Jay Mcgarrity

          Your points are valid but Chael is a smart guy and if you really look at that situation, he may be taking a faster route to another title shot than it appears. Anderson and Weidman are tied up in the rematch fight closing the year out. Depending on the outcome they may end up fighting again in early-mid 2014. To think that Chael hasn’t already run these scenarios in his head is to be naive. Chael probably has enough time for at least 3 fights before Anderson or Weidman is available to fight. While beating 3 top contenders would all but secure him a title shot, beating wanderlei + 2 top contenders after beating shogun would probably do the same. He knows he’s going to have to tie some wins together and build up some hype for the fight to really make sense after a lot of the talk of him not earning title shots so I think he’s doing just so.

          It’s also funny how people still bash Chael for getting a shot at jones. Most of them probably don’t know the story so I guess it does seem a little peculiar but take 10 minutes to do the research on how that fight came about to begin with. Jones knows best! Just do it! As long as greg jackson says it’s ok!

  • JDMMA

    He is Healthy for now… but could come down with a case of “bitchoutitis”

  • Milosc

    No way in hell he’ll let Chael step in with Vitor, goes through 3 different guys to keep him safe, but an aging Wanderlei is no problemo…

    Whatever, UFC. Keep searching for the white knight, just don’t think for a sec nobody notices. (If only “Sonnen” had an Irish ring to it, eh?)

    • JDMMA

      hey idiot Wanderlei is 37 (coming off of a fight of the year performance) and Chael is 36,,,

      • Lucas Freire

        Hey Wand is a washed up star from pride. Back from the days where there were almost no rules. You can’t find a guy that fought on Pride who isn’t going downhill, doesn’t matter their age.

        • JDMMA

          Vitor Belfort, heard of him?

          • Lucas Freire

            A guy who was relevant at Pride*
            Sorry. While Vitor defeated Wand in 1998, during Pride day(2002-2006) he was pretty much like Anderson Silva, average.

      • Milosc

        Hey, ridiculous douchebag throwing insults with your fingers:

        Wanderlei not only has way more mileage roiding himself to the gills in Pride, he’s been answering questions about retirement ever since getting knocked out, by Chis Leben, back in 2011. Chael is obviously pruning big names on the downside of their career

        Funny, how you never mentioned Vitor, btw…