UFC on Fox 2 to Determine Three Title Contenders

December 7, 2011
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Not only is the UFC unleashing a triple-header for its second offer on Fox, the marquee fights will determine the next contenders to both the UFC light heavyweight and middleweight championships.

The UFC is going big on Jan. 28 at the United Center in Chicago. UFC on Fox 2 features Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis in the main event, with two middleweight feature fights pitting Chael Sonnen against Mark Munoz and Michael Bisping against Demian Maia.

UFC president Dana White, at Wednesday’s UFC on Fox 2 press conference in Chicago, confirmed that the winner between Evans and Davis will get a shot at the winner of the UFC 140 light heavyweight title fight between current champion Jon Jones and challenger Lyoto Machida.

“Rashad Evans looked fantastic in his last fight against Tito Ortiz and he wants to get the belt back,” said White on Wednesday. “But Phil Davis is no joke. He’s undefeated at 9-0 and has stormed through guys like Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson and Rogerio Nogueira. He wants the title shot just as bad as Rashad.”

White also noted that the winner of Sonnen and Munoz will get the next shot at Anderson Silva upon the middleweight champion’s return, and then the winner of Bisping and Maia will get the next title shot after that.

“Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz are going to collide to see who gets the next crack at Anderson Silva,” White added. “Chael wants the chance to avenge his loss to Anderson. Mark wants a chance to prove that he’s the best 185-pounder in the world. Plus, we’ve got Michael Bisping against Demian Maia and the winner (of that fight) will be next in line for a title shot after the winner of Sonnen-Munoz.”

Sonnen was initially expected to get a shot at Silva at UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend, but that was before Silva revealed that he would be out for the next few months trying to heal a shoulder injury.

White confirmed that Silva is expected to be ready by early summer to face the winner of Sonnen vs. Munoz.

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  • bajafox

    The winner of Bisping/Maia getting a title shot against the winner of Silva v. Munoz/Sonnen makes no sense. Silva isn’t due to be back until summer, then the winner of that will need at least 3 months before defending and that could push it all the way back to August or September.

    This card is in January so the winner of Maia/Bisping will have to wait at least 7 or 8 months for a title shot. Personally, I think the winner should face the loser of Munoz/Sonnen or even the winner of Vitor/Johnson before getting Silva.

  • I would rather see Bisping vs Munoz for the first shot and Maia vs Sonnen for the second…Sonnen isn’t deserving of a title shot. You can argue that he put Silva through 5 rounds all you want…Cheater, Steroids, Triangle Armbar will be my only reply.

    • Admit it, if they came out today and announced Silva – Sonnen II, you’d watch. And you’d be on the edge of your seat the entire time.

    • I’m glad you know more about MMA and making exciting fights than Joe Silva and Dana White!

  • ajmadic


    The only thing that doesn’t make sense out of that bunch is Maia. Who the hell wants to see Silva and Maia again?

    • Dyldozer16

      I agree man. That would be a (crappy) rematch.

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    As much as i hate Bisping he wont lose to Maia, it will almost certainly end up in a decision in Bisping’s favor… That being said I still don’t think beating one guy in the “top ten” nets a title fight. Especially when 3 of the 4 guys beneath him would beat him.

  • NOBODY WANTS TO SEE DAMIEN MAIA FIGHT ANYONE!!! Especially Silva AGAIN! That was the worst fight in the world. And I’m apologizing to the Brits now, but Michael Bisping is a joke! He hasn’t beaten anybody worth mentioning and he never will. He made $300,000+ on his fight with Mayhem! I’d continue to fight crappy guys for that kind of money! HE’ll never beat Silva either. There are only 2 fighters in the middleweight division that can beat Silva and that’s Sonnen and Munoz, because they’re GREAT wrestlers!

  • For who deserves title shots these are a little lopsided:

    Maia and Sonnen: both already lost and have a win streak of 1

    Munoz and Bisping: both never fought Silva and have a win streak of 4

    • shakejunt

      good observation. Sonnen is arguable for blah blah blah reasons and I guess Maia is too considering how he ended up being the aggressor in the later rounds. Plus he has a win over Chael. Munoz and Bisping still need these top tier fights before I’m on board.

      I really don’t see the Maia/Bisping winner sitting on the sidelines for an extended period waiting for title resolution UNLESS Maia wins and coaches opposite Silva on TUF Brazil…