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Chael Sonnen-Phil Davis “could happen” according to UFC President

Chael Sonnen-Phil Davis “could happen” according to UFC President

It appears the proposed rumble between rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva is officially off. While it’s still possible the two could end up colliding at some point in 2014, Sonnen and Silva definitely won’t be duking it out before year’s end based on some recent comments from UFC President Dana White.

White spoke about Sonnen’s future to media after the conclusion of UFC Fight Night 27, stating Silva was actually on the shelf while healing up from some injuries and unable to resume training until January. Previously it was believed Silva’s financial demands were holding up the showdown.

As such, Sonnen will need a new opponent if hoping to see action at UFC 167 or UFC 168 as he’s called for in recent weeks. However, White already has a solution in place, as he explained the organization was in early discussions to book a bout between Sonnen and Phil Davis that “could happen” in November.

The 12-1 Davis has won three fights since suffering the lone loss of his career including a narrow outpointing of Lyoto Machida in his most recent match-up. Sonnen (28-13-1) is also coming off of a victory, submitting Mauricio Rua earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 26.

  • darth_irritable says:

    This isn’t a favorable matchup for Mr Sonnen.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I’d prefer Chael vs. Rashad at 185, as that’s the division where Chael should be facing top contenders… but this isn’t too bad.

    On the one hand, I think Davis should be facing the true top guys at LHW, and Chael hasn’t done enough to fall into that category. On the other hand, Davis was pretty fortunate to have gotten the decision nod against Machida. And besides, with the way this stuff works in the UFC, beating a big *name* is just as effective in the title picture as beating a top contender. So go ahead and make this one happen.

    If it does happen, I’m with darth — two great wrestlers, but Davis’ youth/speed/length/athleticism should allow him to outclass Chael. And that would then allow Chael to shift away from silly title talk to instead resume his feud with Wanderlei which will make lots of money.


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