Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times, one of the few in the media with UFC president Dana White’s direct cell number, is reporting that Chael Sonnen will be granted an immediate rematch against middleweight king Anderson Silva.
According to the report, the highly anticipated mulligan will either go down on the UFC’s New Year’s Eve or Super Bowl weekend card.
The Octagon is notorious for hosting spectacular end of the year shows (although some have fallen after the NYC ball has dropped due to timing issues), and 2010 would be no different if the scoop proves true. New Year’s Day coincidentally falls on a Saturday this year, the same day the UFC holds their pay-per-view broadcasts.
Christmas is the Saturday prior, so it’s highly unlikely Octagon brass would dare try and steal Jesus Christ’s thunder … isn’t it?
The rematch would also be a great opening act for Super Bowl XLV, which will be jumping off Sunday, February 6th inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta told Pugmire that Silva’s bruised – NOT BROKEN – ribs will be the determining factor on when the scrap will take place. He added that it’s possible the champ may require a layoff until early February in order to get right, which would be pushing pigskin time.
Prior to their UFC 117 showdown, Sonnen told anyone and everyone that they were going to witness an Anderson Silva they had never seen before. The chatty challenger more than kept his word by dominating the planet’s baddest 185-pounder for 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Unfortunately for the outspoken one, Silva’s prayers were answered when he miraculously slapped on a triangle-armbar submission just moments before the clock struck midnight.
Following their instant classic, it was discovered Silva had badly injured his ribs six days before showtime but opted to keep his appointment regardless.