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Chael Sonnen’s Next Fight is Announced, and It’s Not Who We Thought

“…and that’s why I’m the true UFC middleweight champ.  Next question.”

Well this is interesting:  reports from MMAJunkie and HeavyMMA are indicating that Chael Sonnen will not be getting that bout with Lyoto Machida that he’s been bucking for, and instead will meet middleweight Brian Stann at UFC 136 in October.

Sonnen, who will no doubt make our “P4P Most Entertaining Fighters Outside the Cage” list (if we ever get around to actually compiling it), has been lobbing barbs at anyone with a connection to middleweight king Anderson Silva for about a year now, including the Nogueira brothers and Machida.  Rumors over the past week had hinted that Sonnen may be briefly visiting the light heavyweight division for a fight with the Dragon, which would have undoubtedly led to smack talk of a magnitude that the MMA world was unprepared for.

Of course, this also begs the question of how Sonnen will approach building up the fight:  Stann is “The All-American”, after all, and attacking him verbally may not go over as well as the incendiary tweets Sonnen has aimed at our Brazilian friends.  Judging by his latest work on Twitter, Sonnen may simply continue to trash everyone from Black House while staying low key with Stann.

We’d assume that this fight will produce the next challenger for the title.  Stann is 3-0 as a UFC middleweight, including his impressive KO win over Chris Leben in January, while Sonnen’s submission loss on the doorstep of decision victory over Silva had many clamoring for an immediate rematch.   Whoever wins this one would appear to be on deck for a title shot in early 2012.

One last note:  UFC 136 is currently scheduled to take place in Houston, which is part of the United State and By-God Republic of Texas in ‘Merica, a small country located between the US and Mexico known for its anything-goes athletic commission and lackadaisical enforcement of sporting laws.  We could be cynical and point out that Texas would probably be the easiest state for Sonnen to get a license to compete, but cynicism is just so hipsterish and douchey.  We’d hate to be like that.

[RX]

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noizy- July 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm
"P4P Most Entertaining Fighters Outside the Cage".

When I read that, I thought: CagePotatoe would SO do that. Oh wait a minute, this is CagePotatoe. DO IT! with links to videos of course.
ReX13- July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm
RSparrow >> i didn't talk shit about Houston, i just said it was part of Texas.
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so, yeah, i guess i did talk shit about houston. Sorry, bro.
RSparrow- July 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Not sure, know a couple owners of nice sports bars. See if they can give me a budget, or set somethin' up the night before. It's whatever, could be a great time
KarmaAteMyCat- July 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Wheres this party going down at? I'd consider it.
RSparrow- July 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Karma, Drano, you can come too.
RSparrow- July 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Absolutely hate hate hate this matchup. I'm one hundred percent behind Stann, he's my favorite, but damnit Chael's shit talking is just as good as his fights. We wont be hearing any.

Rex, talk about H-town like that again and I'll gut you.

I'd be happy to set up a pre-party for the fights if you guys wanna do something. Let me know. I know there's a couple of us here too, CCman, and I think a couple other regular posters. Hit me up, let's tear it up
SnackDaddy- July 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm
I agree with the whole this match-up makes no sense bit. it's like danna saying to sonnen, "you wanted your chance, here you got it. either you walk the talk, or get the fuck out."
Sonnen vs. anyone from Black House would be just too epic for words, on the other hand.
Me likey- July 7, 2011 at 10:44 am
@intercept 440
he should already be commited to an institution.
i can see not giving guys an easy road to a title fight but there is no reason to waste opportunities while doing it. if you wanted to test stann's takedown and wrestling you could give him munoz. if you wanted to see sonnen's jitz defense you could give him maia or palhares. everybody wants to see him against a brazilian black house or not.
llbunbaoll- July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am
Hey...I'm from Houston!
KarmaAteMyCat- July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am
dude this shit is so fucking gold I can see my reflection in it. Holy shit I couldn't stop laughing. thank you so much rex!
The Fresh One- July 7, 2011 at 9:53 am
Stann via triangle
intercept440- July 7, 2011 at 9:41 am
as terrible a match-up as most of us agree... still its going to see what kind of ring rust chael is going to have since he hasnt been fighting for the past year... a year is a long lay-off...and dont give me that shit of..but he has been training with diaz and shieldzzzz an blah blah.. sparring with someone who IS going to fight is a bit different than BEING the guy training to fight.. chael vs anderson was awesome even the first time .. it would be awesome the second time alos....
but i hope stann kncoks chale fucking brain into overload, and we need to have him committed to a mental institution
ArmFarmer- July 7, 2011 at 9:39 am
@nutpuncher

Stann isn't ready for Sonnen, let alone Anderson. We are talking about a guy that couldn't hold onto a wec title, and got easily subbed by kristof. He's got a massive wrestling shaped hole in his game, this is a bad fight for him. The fight between Chael and Machida might not make sense rankings wise, but the interest level would be ridiculously higher. Anderson's partner, half brazilian, interesting style match up.. much more interesting fight.
Sonnen is already higher in the rankings than Stann, his style is taylor made to dominate Stann but still go to a decision, and watching Stann get blanketed for 3 rounds is going to make everyone forget about both fighters. They should be booking fights to keep both of their momentum and interest levels high and this isn't it, but that's just my opinion.
ps. I agree with Bisping vs either.
RwilsonR- July 7, 2011 at 9:21 am
@ ArmFarmer
Completely agree.
k-onda- July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am
I'm cool with it. Kinda sucks for Cheel (you know he's been working full time at the ol' typewriter compiling his famous one-liners just for the occasion) but he's proven to be able to come up with an amazing tailor-made insult bonanza last minute in the past.
The real question remains, when's the book coming out?
Fatty McDickbutts- July 7, 2011 at 8:53 am
@Stak - Fuck you, Lord Chael has accomplished more in his life in thirty some-odd years than you would in a millennium.
mDino- July 7, 2011 at 8:46 am
I hope stann trains his takedown def. if so he should KO hollow words sonnen almost as easy as machida would.
Nut Puncher 9000- July 7, 2011 at 8:42 am
@Armfarmer
I have to disagree. I see this matchup making a lot of sense. Stann is streaking and if he beats the man who narrowly lost to A.S. he claims his title shot and if Sonnen beats down Stann he will be up for his rematch with A.S.

On the other hand, Fighting Machida makes zero sense for either fighter in the big picture.
Me likey- July 7, 2011 at 8:32 am
@machiavelli
yes. on the first question
Stak40- July 7, 2011 at 8:32 am
Rex

Dude you asked me not to tell anyone but I refuse to allow you to taint my screen name. You asked me to look and see if you either had a third testicle or if it was a mosquito bite being that all three "bumps" were the same size. I obliged cause you are my hommey! And please we all have seen you and know damn well the closest you been to a gym is the circuit training you do at Curves!
Me likey- July 7, 2011 at 8:31 am
@ armfamer
completely agree. waste of a fight and waste of a good pre fight hype. either one of these guys would have been great for a fight against bisping. stann for us vs brit and sonnen for asshole vs asshole
Get Off Me- July 7, 2011 at 8:27 am
@ArmFarmer
Agreed.

If the UFC hopes Sonnen will maintain his flavor of the month status with fans based solely on his fighting style, they are wrong, this guy is going to hug his way to another victory....here's hoping it's only a three round affair.
Machiavelli- July 7, 2011 at 8:26 am
Am I the only one that sees Stann as just another Annapolis Asshole? Seriously, the academies are all about arrogance in their students.

Chael is no better.

I guess it's a toss up for biggest loser?
ReX13- July 7, 2011 at 8:22 am
Stak >> Hey man, not cool x2:

1) checking out my package in the gym. Hogwatcher.

2) telling the entire interwebs about my hypogonadism. How am i supposed to live this down?
CrushCo- July 7, 2011 at 8:20 am
Rex, I'm sick of you talking shit about Texas as if it's some lawless badlands. We have rules and we strictly enforce them. Now if you'll excuse me, this woman forgot the jalapenos on my breakfast taco and I'm legally obligated to get my rifle from the rack in my pick up. {Spits tobacco}
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