Wand vs. Sonnen Moves to Vegas; UFC 173, TUF Brazil 3 Finale, and UFC 175 Shuffle the Deck

April 7, 2014
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Wand getting in Chael's faceThe deck continues to shuffle on several prominent UFC fight cards since middleweight champion Chris Weidman withdrew from the UFC 173 fight card in order to have dual knee surgeries.

UFC president Dana White on Monday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports that several late spring and early summer fight cards have been effected. Fight cards that will keep fans checking the Sportsbook Review odds.

The previous UFC 173 co-main event between former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic is taking over as the new The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale main event. UFC 173 takes place on May 24, while the TUF Brazil 3 Finale is slated for the following week.

TUF Brazil 3 coaches Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen were originally slated to headline the May 31 card in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but will now serve as the co-main event at UFC 175 on July 5 in Las Vegas. Weidman is still expected to recuperate in time to put his belt on the line against Lyoto Machida in the UFC 175 headliner.

UFC 173 is headlined by bantamweight champion Renan Barão defending his belt against T.J. Dillashaw with Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger in the co-main event.

With the removal of dos Santos vs. Miocic from the May 24 card, White told Yahoo! Sports reporter Kevin Iole that he’s “not done working on that card,” so we can expect that another fight may be added to the roster.

All these changes come amidst a heavy fight schedule for May, June, and July. The promotion will host two fight cards on May 31, the TUF Brazil 3 Finale in Brazil and UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi in Berlin. UFC 175 is also the first of back-to-back events in the same venue. UFC 175 takes place on July 5, while The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 Finale takes place on July 6, both at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas.

Be sure to follow the card changes in MMAWeekly.com’s rumors section, trying to connect the dots on your own could be hazardous to your health.

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  • Wow, UFC 175 is going to be something special.

    • Mark McDowall

      If Weidman can fight…he seems to be the only one that thinks he will be there.

      • TheCerealKiller

        I’m not saying you don’t like him, but why does it seem people hate that guy? I don’t see him holding that belt for long, but it’s not the best division right now.

        • Seth

          Coz many, many people don’t think he won the title. He beat Anderson Silva TWICE. Back-to-back. NO ONE. N-O O-N-E Did that before. Yet people don’t give him credit he deserves.

          • Aimed With “V”

            Anderson Silva fans are basically the fans who got amazed by his almost magical tricks that he put in the octagon, his aura of invincibility and the ability to squeak out the “W” every time he fights.
            There is nothing wrong with that, of course – however, those fans find hard to appreciate the opponent winning in what they felt the Hail-Mary KO in the first fight, and the freak incident in the second.

            In my personal opinion, Weidman had all the tools to beat Anderson regardless, but the current situation made the “core” Anderson fans feel bad about the way he lost these fights, and thus cannot appreciate or like Weidman.
            In case Machida, or Belfort, or any other opponent beats Weidman, you will hear the big relief.

          • Seth

            For so long we were curious if there is anyone who can beat GOAT that Anderson has become. We knew that it will take someone really special, skilled and talented to do this. And when that happened – TWICE IN A ROW – we deny that? Come on…those “fans” as you called them, are just so blind. Anderson lost? So what. It HAD to happen at some point. If you can’t accept reality, then you shouldn’t comment on it.

            Now we have Weidman, coming of 2 wins over Anderson Silva…but he still has to prove himself. That’s just ridiculous. I’m 100% sure that WHEN he beat Machida and Vit-roid, people will come out with another excuse about it and say that Chris’ wins were controversial. He can KTFO both of them, with best spinning headkicks EVER or something like, which will leave no doubts – they will still come out and say “Ow, if it wasn’t for that lucky kick, he would get his ass kicked”. That’s just pathetic.

        • julian moran

          the mw division is the best it has ever been.

        • Mark McDowall

          I think he’s a great fighter…he dethroned the king. Gotta give him credit where its due for sure!!

          I’m just talking about him being ready to fight in July. I would be willing to put money on it now that he isn’t ready for July. Or if he does and looses it will be the same ol “I rushed it to come back for the fans blah blah blah”

          I’d rather him say “Im going to be out for a while…im hurt I need time”. I hate any fighter that blames a loss on an injury…if your hurt bad enough that it is the sole cause for you to loose a fight…then don’t fight. Plain and simple…

  • Mark McDowall

    So Vitor needed time to get off the TRT according to the “doctors”…since Sonnen was on it too…kinda makes sense they would delay it…not that it will ever come out that this is the real reason.

  • Igor

    I gotta tell you Dana White always find´s a way, an excuse to come up with some new trick to harm the Brazilian fighters.Anderson was suppose to fight Anderson in Brazil but he changed venue,Vitor was suppose to fight Weidman but TRT Treatment was banned and now with this…

    Seriously im thinking about not watching U.F.C anymore.Unfourtunately Pride events are over.

    • Aimed With “V”

      Not sure how it harms Brazilian fighters exactly.
      Wanderlei lives in US, and Sonnen will have to fight under the rules of NSAC, that will probably test him for now-illegal TRT more than ever, because he’s a suspect.

      If anything, the current situation favors Wanderlei.

    • Kris-tyahn

      Anderson was supposed to fight Anderson?!?

  • Aimed With “V”

    Finally JDS headlines the UFC event in Brazil!

    Since the beginning of his UFC career and UFC’s return to Brazil, JDS has never fought there – which is a pity: he can turn out to be one of the best Brazilian draws.
    With the opponent like Miocic (no disrespect to him – but JDS will be a huge favorite for a reason), there is a great chance for highlight-reel HW KO to be the great exclamation point to the course of event.

    • shakejunt

      i think it comes down to the fact that jds has good english and was hw champ. hw is the most significant division for the casual fan.

  • laurenlebonita

    I still do not understand why Vitor Belfort did not get a by since Sonnen n old man Henderson get to fight on! Now Hendo might even get a title shot with all that TRT in his system!

    • shakejunt

      dan already received his exemption prior to the ban, vitor had yet to apply.

    • Kris-tyahn

      FYI: Hendo & Sonnen will not have any TRT in their system, and if they do it’s called POSITIVE TEST!!! Belfort/his doctor said Belfort wouldn’t have enough time to get the TRT out of his system by the original fight date, hence the reason Lyoto took his place.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Better not be on fight pass. Lame stupid Dana gimmick