The light heavyweight clash between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva has a home, as it will likely serve as the co main event for the card headlined by Chris Weidman’s second defence of the middleweight strap against Vitor Belfort. The card is yet be finalised, but UFC president Dana White confirmed the addition of Sonnen-Silva on Thursday.
The coaches of the third Ultimate Fighter Brazil season have been in the news this week after a reported bust-up during the filming of the news, and the omnipresent coaches’ battle was dubbed for the finale of the season. However, White announced during his pre-fight media scrum that the pair will go head-to-head on one of the most highly awaited cards in 2014. The only detail confirmed about the event is that it will be held in the United States, but more details are yet to come.
Chael Sonnen is hoping to rebound from a tough skid in which he has lost three in his last four, though two of the losses were for the UFC middleweight and light heavyweight titles respectively. After a first round obliteration at the hands of Rashad Evans, Sonnen will be hoping to put his trash talk into motion with a win over former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva. With both Sonnen and Silva desperate to get their hands on each other, many speculate that the fight won’t go the three-round distance.
Wanderlei Silva is coming off one of the Fight of the Year candidates of 2013 with a second round TKO victory over Brian Stann in the UFC’s return to Japan in February of last year. The win brought his UFC record to 4-7, and Silva will stay at 205 lbs in his highly waited match-up with Sonnen. Though both fighters are unranked at 205, that could all change with a win and they both remain big pay-per-view draws.
UFC president Dana White had a lot to say about the bust-up between the two during the filming of the TUF Brazil season, and vented his disappointment about the incident at the pre-fight scrum,
“It’s without a doubt the worst thing that’s ever happened on ‘The Ultimate Fighter… People were punished.”