Dana White: Anderson Silva Will Fight Chael Sonnen

Written by Tom Ngo
November 9th, 2011

UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva

Although Mark Munoz submitted his resume for a shot at Anderson Silva’s (Pictured) middleweight title, UFC president Dana White has decided to give fans the brawl they have been clamoring for. When Silva’s injured shoulder allows him to continue training, his next opponent will be bitter rival Chael Sonnen.

“Yeah, it’s the fight that everybody wants to see,” White said on The Jim Rome Show. “People want to see Chael versus Anderson. Anderson is in this position where he feels like this guy’s so disrespectful he doesn’t want to give him a shot and everything else, but Anderson will end up fighting Chael Sonnen.

“The answer is ‘Yes.'”

While Sonnen has irritated nearly every Brazilian fighter within earshot, Silva has managed to let the majority of the chatty challenger’s smack talk roll off his back – Outside of the whole “You tell Anderson Silva I’m coming over and I’m kicking down his back door and patting his little lady on the ass and I’m telling her to make me a steak, medium rare, just how I like it” remark, of course.

Sonnen even issued a loser-leaves-town match after beating Brian Stann at UFC 136, which he later retracted, but Silva failed to accept. Knowing he touched a nerve by bringing up Silva’s wifey, Sonnen took to his Twitter on Tuesday to ensure he scored a rematch.

“The bug got to Anaheim today, I get in tomorrow. We are having a meeting, and I AIN’T BRINGING FLOWERS. Andy won’t stand up to me, but he’ll have to sit before me tomorrow,” Sonnen tweeted. “Perhaps bowing and kissing my boot is in order. MEDIUM RARE!”

After manhandling Silva for nearly five complete rounds at UFC 117, Sonnen was abruptly submitted by “The Spider” with only 110 ticks remaining on the clock. Since the August 2010 defeat, Sonnen has been doing everything within his power to land a rematch.

No word on when the highly-anticipated mulligan might go down.

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