Dana White appeared on Rome is Burning today and has officially confirmed Anderson Silva’s next opponent. Chael Sonnen will be next in line to face the middleweight division kingpin, no date has been confirmed yet.
White was very open and honest with his feelings about Silva, and what implications there will be if Silva has another lackluster performance:
If he ever acts like that again in the ring I will cut him. I don’t care if he’s the pound for pound best fighter in the world.
I don’t care if (Anderson Silva) is the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.
Sonnen defeated Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 to earn his title shot , after dominating former number one contender Yushin Okami at UFC 104.
Sonnen has gone on record with his thoughts about Silva, describing him as a “dirt bag” and that its his “moral obligation” to defeat Anderson. Sonnen has talked up a fight with Anderson since his arrival in the promotion, and now he gets his wish.
Since Anderson took no real damage against Damian Maia, expect the fight to be booked soon, and not to be the main event.
More on this in the coming days.