Silva vs. Sonnen 2 Is On for June in Brazil

February 5, 2012
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Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
“It’s on.”

With those two words, UFC President Dana White made Chael Sonnen the happiest man in all of MMA.

On Saturday night following UFC 143, White said that the rematch between Sonnen and middleweight champion Anderson Silva is happening this year, and while contracts haven’t been signed, the fight is official.

“It’s not signed but it’s verbally agreed to,” White said.

Earlier in the week, White stated that he was meeting with Silva on Friday to discuss his return to action and the bout with Sonnen.

Obviously that conversation happened once Silva, who was in attendance at UFC 143, landed in Las Vegas and had a chance to chat with the UFC President.

Silva has been sidelined with a shoulder injury for the last several months after his win over Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in Brazil last year.

Sonnen officially earned the rematch with his win over Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2, and despite his repeated claims that Silva wouldn’t fight him, it appears Dana White was happy to prove him wrong.

As far as the timing of the fight, Silva vs. Sonnen 2 will take place this summer at a mega show in Brazil, most likely at an outdoor soccer stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“June in Brazil,” White answered when asked about a date and location for the fight.

The bout between Silva and Sonnen will likely be one of the most highly anticipated rematches in UFC history. The build up to the first fight was epic, and Sonnen had possibly the best performance of any fighter against Silva during his UFC career.

Unfortunately, with the title just minutes away from being his, Sonnen fell into a triangle choke courtesy of Silva, and was finished in the fifth and final round.

Now the often outspoken Sonnen will get a second crack at Silva and his UFC middleweight title.

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  • Mma fanatic

    Chael better be careful in Brazil !! Team America F**K YA !!!

  • demetrio1109

    Finally this bull about Silva is scared is gonna be put to the test and sonnen is finally gonna get his mouth shut for good if Michael biz won Silva is gonna kill I can’t wait

  • dude, stop saying this bullshit that Silva is scared. He have no reason to fear a muppet like sonnen.

    Even doped and beating Silva hurt he didnt make it. (have you ever broke a rib to know how painful it is?) Can you eat this shit to belive he is gonna beat Silva in his own country?

    Sonnen must be happy now, but when he wakes up he wont bet that happy.


  • TKD

    Finally! Now we can see Silva kick the snot out of Sonnen. Sonnen can go back to selling used cars for a living.

  • KO at 3:15 OF THE 2 RD And still the UFC Champion of the world “Anderson the spider silva”!!!!!!!!!

  • Looking forward to Sonnen’s, what, 12th loss. He’s such a douche-bag.

  • Lot of hurt feelings in here. LOL

  • Mario

    This will go down as probably the biggest, most epic event in the history of MMA.

    For taking the fight in Brazil, Chael Sonnen has earned my respect..

    That’s BALLSY!

    • johnnybooker

      Dude! I was thinking the same thing. Love him or hate him, you gotta respect the sack.

      Personally hated that WWF crap he pulled on Fox, but pulling for him to win. Mainly because I’m a player hater and I like to see “unbeatables” lose. But if someone said make a prediction with my head, I’d have to agree with Daniel above and say 2nd Rd KO for AS.

  • mmaflunkie

    First, under no circumstances would Anderson Silva have been allowed to fight w/ a broken rib, that type of injury would have posted to great a risk. More than likely it was a bruised rib, that sort of injury would’ve created the kind of performance we saw, slow reaction, unable to sprawl, etc. etc. Second, Sonnen’s steroid usage negates anything about their last fight. With that said as a physical trainer I feel I should point something out here. More fighters than what we realize or get caught use steroids and never get caught, simply because they end their cycles with enough time to pass a urine test. I say this because, the amount of time one would spend in the gym to create & maintain these ‘iron man’ physiques is insane. This next match is all dependent on Silvas’ physical health and Sonnens’ preparedness, but if past performances count, & Silva is close to 100% then prepare to see Sonnen unconscious or tapping by the end of the 3rd round.