Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II set for June in BrazilPosted on February 6, 2012, 12:20 PM by Joey Santosus
The long awaited rematch between Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and top contender Chael Sonnen is set.
UFC President Dana White has confirmed that, despite Sonnen's insistence to the contrary, both the champ and challenger have verbally agreed to meet in June.
It's a bout that Sonnen (27-11-1) has campaigned for since his oh-so-close submission loss to Silva back at UFC 117. Though the rematch had been tentatively scheduled following his defeat, a series of mishaps saw the Team Quest fighter sidelined due to troubles with both the athletic commission and federal government.
After serving-out an NSAC mandated suspension, Sonnen made his octagon return in October and has since picked-up back-to-back victories over surging contender Brian Stann, and most recently, TUF 3 winner Michael Bisping.
Silva (31-4), meanwhile, went on to extended his current unbeaten streak to 15, scoring a highlight-reel knockout against Vitor Belfort before dominating Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in Brazil. With the victories "The Spider" has defended his Middleweight strap a record 9 times.
Though an exact date and venue has not yet been confirmed, the Middleweight title clash is expected to headline a June fight card in Brazil. Sao Paulo is considered the likely destination, according to White.
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