Sorry Michael Bisping fans but it appears last night’s dominating win over Jason Miller was not enough to secure the Brit a shot at Anderson Silva’s championship or, as it turns out, even a crack at top contendership.
Apparently, two of the middleweight division’s brightest grapplers will instead lock up on January 28 for the right to face Silva, as a long-rumored bout between Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz has been confirmed by the UFC for the Octagon’s return to network television at UFC on FOX 2.
Munoz, whose striking continues to improve with every performance, is coming off a beatdown of Chris Leben at UFC 138 and has won a quartet of consecutive clashes. At 12-2, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” holds past victories over Kendall Grove, Aaron Simpson, and Demian Maia.
Comparably, Sonnen is 4-1 in his last five fights with the only stumble coming against Silva in their memorable match-up a little over a year ago. Among the wins are instances of success against Dan Miller, Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, and most recently Brian Stann.
UFC on FOX 2 will feature a headlining bout between light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Phil Davis, a fight in which the winner will also move on to compete for divisional gold. Lightweights Evan Dunham and Paul Sass are also expected to square off at the show.
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