Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz possible for UFC on Fox 2 Main EventPosted on November 22, 2011, 11:54 AM by Joey Santosus
A number-one contender bout between top Middleweights Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz is reportedly in the works for the January 28th UFC on Fox 2 card.
MMAInterviews first reported the match-up, citing sources close to the fighters.
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. Though the close nature of the bout, which saw the Team Quest fighter dominate the champ for much of their encounter only to be submitted in the final round, was expected to lead to an immediate rematch, a failed drug screening and subsequent legal troubles sidelined Sonnen 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 terms that the loser would be forced to leave the division, or in his own case, the promotion. 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 for the champ, which is likely what led to a proposed bout with "The Filipino Wrecking Machine."
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 has also recently went on record insisting that he was more deserving of a crack at Silva's belt than Sonnen, who he says has already had his chance and lost.
UFC on Fox 2 is expected to take place January 28th from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Sonnen vs. Munoz will reportedly headline the card, while other rumored bouts include Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez and Demetrious Johnson vs. Eddie Wineland.
Photo: Photo: Chael Sonnen at the UFC 104 Weigh-Ins in Los Angeles, California on October 23, 2009. Francis Specker