Evans & Sonnen Finally Getting Their Title Shots

January 29, 2012

The next 205- and 185-pound title fights are set… almost.

When Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans fought and won their respective fights at UFC on FOX 2 in Chicago, their destinies were mapped out with a chance of gold in them. The only problem is certain factors may prevent those title shots for happening as planned.

Earlier on Saturday night, the UFC announced light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would defend his title in Atlanta at UFC 145 in April. UFC president Dana White made it clear Rashad Evans would get the next nod saying, “He’s the guy who gets the shot. He’s been waiting a long time and he’s the one who deserves it.”

As long as Evans is clear of any longterm injury, he’ll meet Jones in Atlanta. Finally.

“I definitely want to put the rivalry to bed,” Evans said at the post-fight press conference when asked about the pending title fight with his former Team Jackson teammate. “I feel like I can beat Jon Jones. I’ve seen errors in his game I can capitalize on and I know it’s going to be a good fight.”

The UFC 145 pay-per-view is scheduled for April 21 at the Phillips Arena. The last time Evans visited this venue was in 2008 when he walked away with a memorable knockout win over former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.

As much as he believes it’s not going to happen, Chael Sonnen will get his rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

White said on the Fuel TV post-fight show on Saturday night that Silva-Sonnen II will take place in June in Brazil. During the post-fight press conference, Sonnen indicated that he’ll believe it when he sees it.

“Do I think that he’ll sign to fight? No, I don’t,” he said. “They’ve offered him the fight four times and he said no four times! Mysteriously, he’s supposed to accept on the fifth? The saying is the third time is a charm. I’ve never heard of fifth time is a charm.”

White also said on the Fuel TV show the Brazil card will probably take place in São Paulo in a soccer stadium. Silva-Sonnen II is a “hot ticket,” according the UFC president, and something the size of a soccer stadium should be able to contain the thousands of fans clamoring to watch their Brazilian champion take on public enemy No. 1.

If everything works out like it’s supposed to, Evans and Sonnen will get the shots they’ve been waiting for. Hopefully for them, nothing else will get in the way.

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