Chael Sonnen’s doubts regarding UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s willingness to fight him appear to have been misplaced, as “The Spider” has indeed accepted a rematch and will face his rival this summer, likely in June at an event in Brazil. The outspoken 34-year old had expressed his skepticism in Silva taking the tilt based on their history including an earlier bout Sonnen nearly won before being submitted in the final few minutes of the five round affair.
“It’s not signed, but it’s verbally agreed to,” said Dana White of the match-up when asked for an update on the scrap’s status at the post-even press conference for UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit.
The UFC President’s statements marked the first time actual confirmation of the clash was provided with comments being speculatory in nature prior to this past weekend’s news.
The two talented 185ers have been going back and forth at each other since meeting at UFC 117 where the dynamic Brazilian retained his title in dramatic fashion. Sonnen has been the primary aggressor in terms of trash-talk, bringing Silva’s wife into the discussion and even offering to retire if beaten a second time.
Silva has been healing from a shoulder injury and has only recently made his return to training.
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