Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz confirmed for UFC on Fox 2Posted on December 4, 2011, 01:54 PM by Joey Santosus
A number-one contender bout between top Middleweights Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz will serve as co-main event for the UFC on Fox 2 card in January.
UFC officials have now confirmed the match-up.
Sonnen (26-11-1) has pushed for a another shot at division Champion Anderson Silva since failing to dethrone the Brazilian back at UFC 117. Due to the close nature of the bout, which saw the Team Quest fighter dominate the champ for much of their encounter, an immediate rematch was reportedly in the works. However, a failed PED screening and subsequent legal troubles left Sonnen sidelined for more than a year.
Upon his return, Sonnen reignighted his campaign for a rematch following a second-round submission victory over Brian Stann at UFC 136, where he demanded the two meet on Super Bowl weekend with "loser leaves town" terms. Currently nursing a shoulder injury, however, Silva is expected to remain inactive until 2012. With no clear return date, Sonnen has indicated that he'd prefer to remain active rather than wait around on the champ.
Munoz (12-2) has steadily staked his own claim to a title shot, most recently scoring a second-round TKO victory over Chris Leben at UFC 138 to extend his current winning streak to four. After debuting with the promotion at Light Heavyweight, Munoz made the cut to 185 following his first career defeat, and has since posted an overall record of 7-1 under the UFC banner, including wins over the aforementioned Leben, Demian Maia, C.B. Dollaway, and Aaron Simpson. Munoz recently went on record insisting that he was more deserving of a crack at Silva's belt than Sonnen, and he'll now get his chance to prove it.
UFC on Fox 2 is set to take place January 28th from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Top Light Heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Phil Davis will go head to head in the headlining bout, while Sonnen vs. Munoz will serve as co-main event. UFC President Dana White has also alluded to a third "headliner," but has not yet revealed the match-up.
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