After UFC president Dana White dropped a bombshell on yesterday’s edition of ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning, reports have surfaced that Anderson Silva will be defending his middleweight title against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 on August 7th.
The likely landing spot for the blockbuster matchup appears to be the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah – home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz.
According to MMAJunkie.com, Silva’s camp has declined to comment on the potential bout, but Sonnen has already started with the verbal assaults directed towards “the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.”
“I don’t know if Anderson’s going to accept,” Sonnen told the site.
Sonnen is obviously just playing a game of chicken with the 185-pound champ, but did we expect anything less from the division’s top contender?
“[Silva is] really good. He’s really effective, and he’s as unpleasing to watch as grass growing,” Sonnen continued. “That’s why they called me to get rid of this cancer of the company.”
The Oregonian earned his title shot by beating Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 this past February. Marquardt was a 5-to-1 favorite to win the pivotal scrap, but was thoroughly manhandled for a unanimous decision loss.
For now, all signs point to a late summer return for “The Spider,” but the question is whether he’ll actually decide to compete in his next outing. If he doesn’t, White claims that it could be Silva’s last venture into his Octagon.
“If he ever acts like that again in the ring I will cut him,” White emphatically stated. “I don’t care if he’s the pound-four-pound best fighter in the world. I don’t care if he’s the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.”