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According to Big Nog’ We Might Not Ever Get to See Silva-Sonnen II

(We may never get to see if Chael’s armbar defense has improved since last time they met.)

Ever since Chael Sonnen faltered two minutes shy of snatching the UFC middleweight strap from Anderson Silva at UFC 117, fans and pundits alike have been clamoring for a rematch between the pair.

The immediate redo promised by UFC president Dana White was originally delayed due to Silva needing time to recover from a rib injury his camp revealed he went into the August 7 fight with.

Then Sonnen threw another wrench in the UFC’s plans by testing positive for high levels of synthetic testosterone, but after having his suspension halved for pleading ignorance and confusion about the rules and procedures of the California State Athletic Commission, it seemed like the much anticipated bout would finally happen.

That was before Sonnen was brought up on federal money laundering charges in relation to a shady real estate deal and Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer made a stink about comments Sonnen made during his CSAC hearing that the main reason he didn’t get approval from the governing body for his fight with Silva was because Kizer had okayed his testosterone use in Nevada and he and his manager were under the impression that the approval was observed by all of the regulating bodies under the Association of Boxing Commissions blanket.

The problem is, Kizer says not only has he never spoken directly with Sonnen, he never approved his hormone replacement therapy and likely will not even if an application is made. A recent face-to-face between the pair and the powers that be from the UFC didn’t go as planned (as in Sonnen apologizing and kissing Kizer’s ass so he could be granted a license to fight in Nevada after his issue in California) and now, in spite of the fact that his criminal issues seem to be settled, Chael is back in the undecisive place he was prior to his CSAC hearing in December, wondering when he will be able to fight again.

According to White, who froze the Oregon fighter’s contract last year while he dealt with his commission and legal woes, he wants to see Sonnen back in the Octagon ASAP, but says that Chael had “a ton of problems” to deal with before that happens.

Kizer siad yesterday that a more formal hearing with Sonnen will have to take place before he is granted a new license in which the Team Quest fighter will be asked to answer for his comments to CSAC as well as his remarks following his WEC 31 loss to Paulo Filho that referee Josh Rosenthal made a mistake in saying he tapped out to the armbar applied by the WEC middleweight champion that ended the bout in the second round. The earliest opening for the meeting would be the April 27.

It seems like White might be sick of waiting for Sonnen to make things right.

According to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, in spite of the UFC middleweight champ’s recent declaration that he isn’t interested in fighting outside of his 185-pound class, Silva will defend his title against Yushin Okami in Rio de Janeiro in August and will then likely move up to light heavyweight, meaning that Sonnen’s ship has likely sailed for a rematch with “The Spider.” The reason for the jump, Nogueira says is the lack of contenders to Jon Jones‘ strap in the light heavyweight class.

Nogueira revealed the revelation in his most recent column for Tatame, which was translated by Fighters Only.

With Silva making the jump to 205 and the fact that the fight with Wanderlei Silva he had been coveting likely won’t happen any time soon since “The Axe Murderer” is taking on Chris Leben at UFC 132 in July, two possible opponents who could be earmarked to take on Chael are Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping. A consummate gamesman, Sonnen has laid the groundwork for bouts with both men by throwing verbal jabs at each of them the past few months.

Considering past disparaging remarks he has made about Brazil and its residents, it’s unlikely that the UFC would put Sonnen in the physical danger of fighting Belfort in Rio, but that depends on just how pissed off Dana is with him.

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Dagnut- April 13, 2011 at 2:37 am
@ LOKI... there have been 3 major riots in London this year, and it's only April! you need to watch the news..when's the last time anyone in the States got off their fat asses and took to the streets?
Jawbreaker_46- April 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm
I'd rather see Silva at 205 than GSP at 185 anyway.
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silvaupkick- April 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Silva beats jones with knees and elbows in the clinch. 4th round.
RwilsonR- April 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm
Silva vs. Jones is the best match in all of MMA right now. I hope it happens.
Fried Taco- April 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm
If the Spider moves up to 205, he is basically saying that Machida has no chance of being LHW champ again. Which is probably true.
ArmFarmer- April 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm
@tellatruth

You do realize Rampage just beat Machida right? And he has a win over Henderson. I see where you're coming from though.
whiterice- April 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Silva v. Jones?

Boi-oi-oing!
TellaTruth- April 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm
@anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva
The LHwts ARE offensive. not offended. the thought that Rampage has anything to offer is laughable. the only decent matchup i see is Machida.
ThomasEnsign- April 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm
I don't get the lack of contenders part at all. I don't think anybody is gonna hold the belt for more than a couple fights.
SnackDaddy- April 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Silva and Jones sounds unbelievably cool! hope it happens.
Also, CP, don't you think it's about time you stop making a every other post about Chael Sonnen and his tiny balls. I mean, fuck. Just how much coverage do you give this guy? Is he coming back? Isn't he coming back? Fuckin-A, man!
MonsterMaulingAss- April 12, 2011 at 11:51 am
AND IF MR. SONNEN IS SOOO TOUGH, AND IF THE 205 DIVISION IS SUCH A "DISGRACE", THEN HE SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEMS MOVING THROUGH THE RANKS AND FIGHTING SILVA AT 205
MonsterMaulingAss- April 12, 2011 at 11:49 am
FINALLY! We are going to see Silva in the weight class he should be in, gsp already made it apparent he was going to take some time to move up to 185 and Anderson doesnt want to wait that long between fights. Plus its not like Anderson would have a big issue dropping to 185 for a superfight with gsp later on while hes at 205. And lets be honest, Silva V. Jones is the fight we wanna see.
danomite- April 12, 2011 at 11:48 am
did everybody forget when right after Jones decimated Shogun, anderson came out in an interview and said he's not moving up to 205 anymore? I guarantee that Anderson never fights Jon Jones at 205lbs.
ExpectJesusBro- April 12, 2011 at 11:11 am
SKIP OKAMI. THAT'LL BE A SNOZZER. I LIKE SILVA VS SHOGUN, THEN SILVA VS JONES.
ExpectJesusBro- April 12, 2011 at 10:57 am
I LIKE THE PIC FROM WHEN CHEAL WAS AT THE CEASAR GRACIE/DIAZ CAMP TRAINING WITH SHIELDS... HE LOOKED FUCKIN HUGE! NO "ENHANCEMENTS", NO, NONE AT ALL.
BBAD31- April 12, 2011 at 10:56 am
GOOD! The Silva vs GSP fight makes no sense anyway. Silva is a natural Light Heavy weight who walks around at 220 - 230 lbs between fights. Gsp barley hits 185 between fights. Silva needs to move to 205 if he is to retain the title of Best pound for pounder. We all know 185 is a little weak. Silva might be the only true challenger for Jones. Lts get it done. Lets see
Silva vs okami then Silva vs Shogun then Silva vs Jones
nickyroose- April 12, 2011 at 10:53 am
@tmnawaz -- You are the only other person who notices this. His limit was what 4x or 6x over the normal. It's Replacement not enhancement. There is no argument saying it was just the synthetic nature of the Teste juice it is the AMOUNT.
Morningwood- April 12, 2011 at 10:50 am
"Cheaters never win" unless Dana White can make money off it.
Morningwood- April 12, 2011 at 10:50 am
so will silva get an automatic rematch with Vera to get him fired again?
MMA_Hole- April 12, 2011 at 10:44 am
You shouldn't get an immediate rematch after losing a championship match for which you pissed hot anyway.
BC_Bud- April 12, 2011 at 10:44 am
Yess!! Looks like Silva vs. Jones might happen!! Don't really care if Jones hangs on to the strap or not, it would still be a good fight to watch.
MKO- April 12, 2011 at 10:43 am
It still blows my mind that people think Sonnen should get a rematch. Just because you're close to winning doesn't mean you should get another chance. He lost. Decisively. No controversy. Oh yeah, and he was totally cheating. And is a criminal. And total douchebag.
Buff Frank Mir- April 12, 2011 at 10:38 am
that may be true? I just dont see him getting Jones, he gets taken down to easy and Jones gnp is brutal. I would like to see it happen tho.
Morningwood- April 12, 2011 at 10:34 am
the look on Silva's face in the pic makes me think maybe Chael had his mouth open while sitting in that triangle....
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