by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The UFC is expected to put together a rematch between Australians Elvis Sinosic and Chris Haseman when the promotion heads down under on Feb. 21 for UFC 110 at the Acer Arena, according to a Thursday report by the Brisbane Times.
The bout has been more than a decade in the making. The two first met in March of 1997 in Australia. Haseman won the bout by submissions, driving his chin into Sinosic’s eye. The rules have been upgraded since then. Such a maneuver would now be illegal.
Neither has been much of a factor in recent years, though their home country popularity should help draw fans.
The 38-year-old Sinosic (8-11-2) hasn’t fought since 2007, when he lost back-to-back bouts to Paul Cahoon and Michael Bisping. He submitted Jeremy Horn at UFC 30 in early 2001 to earn a shot at the UFC light heavyweight championship then-held by Tito Ortiz. He failed in his attempt to capture the title later that year.
Haseman (20-16), now 40 years of age, has fought once since 2004, that being a victory over Yuji Hisamatsu in November of 2008. He has fought once before in the Octagon, a loss to Evan Tanner at UFC 38. Haseman spent the majority of his career in the now defunct Rings organization in Japan. He has a notable loss to number one ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in the Rings World Title Series Grand Final in 2002.
UFC 110 is expected to feature co-main event bouts pitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against Cain Velasquez in a heavyweight bout and Wanderlei Silva against Michael Bisping in the middleweight division.
Click below to watch Elvis Sinosic and Chris Haseman’s first meeting: